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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kenny Wallace #36 Cox Treated Lumber Pontiac

    Kenny Wallace announced yesterday that he will retire from all NASCAR competition following the U.S. Cellular 250 Xfinity series race @ Iowa Speedway~ He currently has the most career starts in the series, with 546 races under his belt, spanning over 26 years~ He got his first start in 1988 at Martinsville in the Advance Auto 150, driving Dale Earnhardt's #8 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet, where he rolled off 26th, and finished 11th~ He ran full time the following season in the #36 Cox Treated Lumber Pontiac, owned by his brother, Rusty Wallace~

    He started the season off by claiming the pole for the Goody's 300 @ Daytona, and finished the race in 10th~ He won the pole for the Granger Select 200 @ Nashville, and led 154 of the 200 laps, finishing 3rd~ He then won the pole for the Louisville race, also called the Granger Select 200, leading 60 of the 200 laps, and finishing 7th~ He finished the season 6th in the points standings, with 3 poles, 4 top 5's, and 16 top 10's, and won Rookie of the Year honors~

                                                    Thanks for the memories, Herman~ 
Kenny Wallace #36 Cox Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog

        The 1990 season saw much of the same for Wallace~ He won the pole for the Pontiac 200 @ Darlington, leading 8 laps, and finishing 8th~ By the seasons end, he had 1 pole, 4 top 5's, and 14 top 10's, finishing 7th in the points~ Wallace won his first career BGN race @ Volusia County, in the Spring 200, where he started 13th, and led 127 of the 200 laps~ He would get his second win in the Budweiser 300 @ Loudon, where he started 3rd, and led 202 of the 300 laps~

    Wallace finished the season a career best 2nd in the points standings, having tallied 2 wins, 1 pole, 11 top 5's, and 17 top 10's~ The start of the 1992 season was the last time Kenny ran a Cox sponsored car~ He did so in the first race of the season, the Goody's 300 @ Daytona, where he started 3rd, and came home 16th~ The following race, he picked up sponsorship from Dirt Devil~ He won his first race with the new sponsorship in the Miller 200 @ Martinsville, having led 101 of the 200 laps~ He won 4 poles this season, @ Nazareth, Watkins Glen, Loudon, and Bristol, and had 7 top 5's, and 15 top 10's~

                                           Kenny Wallace #36 Cox Treated Lumber Pontiac~
Kenny Wallace #36 Cox Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN Rusty Mike
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Kenny Wallace #36 Cox Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN Rusty Mike


     This is one of my all time favorite Racing Champions cars~ I just love the green and black paint scheme~ The hat Kenny is wearing in the card is cool looking too, with those splashes of green~ The yellow stripe around the bottom of the car is just like Rusty's Cup car~ I'm not sure if Cox Treated Lumber is in business anymore, but it sure would be cool to see this car on the track again~ The paint schemes of today, most of them anyway, are too chaotic in my opinion~ These simple paint schemes were some of the best ever~

    As his career comes to an end, it's gonna be a little odd not seeing Kenny on the track~ Although he hasn't ran the full schedule since 2011, he's been a part of NASCAR since I was just a kid~ He's one of the last drivers left that has personality, and he's much more tolerable than Michael Waltrip~ We can look forward to seeing Kenny on television, and he's still gonna run some dirt track races~ Below are some videos of the man they call Herman~ Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by~

                                          Kenny's final win~ 2001 Sam's Club 200~ (full)

                                                   Kenny talks about first Daytona 500~
                        
                                                             Kenny's top 5 moments~

                                          Chasing Daytona:Kenny Wallace (documentary)~

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm the Brand Manager for Cox Industries, and I would like to say Cox is still delivering great treated wood products to this day.

    Thanks.

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    1. That's awesome!~ This was one of the coolest looking cars on the track back then.. I'd love to see you all back in NASCAR, even in the truck series~ :)

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