Former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace brings his infectious humor, trademark laugh and widespread popularity to his work as an analyst for NASCAR RACEDAY, the network’s prerace program covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES. He also co-hosts “Late Shift” weeknights on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
RECORD-SETTING NASCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER
As a driver, Wallace set the NASCAR record in 2011 for most career NASCAR XFINITY SERIES starts, amassing nine wins and 10 pole positions, 66 top-five and 173 top-10 finishes in 547 XFINITY Series starts. In a racing career that spanned more than 25 years, the St. Louis native competed in more than 900 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions since his 1988 NASCAR debut driving for Dale Earnhardt. In 2015, Wallace announced the August 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Iowa Speedway, in which he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing, would be his final NASCAR start.
Wallace, the son of accomplished Midwestern short-track racer, Russ Wallace, and brother of NASCAR drivers Rusty and Mike, also finished runner-up in the XFINITY Series points in 1991 and is one of only four NASCAR drivers to have won the Most Popular Driver award multiple times. He, however, didn’t start racing until he was 22 years old.
The 1986 American Speed Association (ASA) rookie-of-the-year made his NASCAR debut in Sept. 1988 driving for Dale Earnhardt, finishing seventh in the XFINITY Series race at Martinsville Speedway. He transitioned into a fulltime XFINITY Series ride in 1989 for a team fielded by Rusty Wallace, winning rookie-of-the-year honors and completing the season sixth in the point standings.
Nicknamed “Herman” after the mischievous “Herman the German” cartoon character for his boisterous behavior, Wallace maintains a rigorous dirt-racing schedule in the No. 36 Toyota DIRTcar entry. Wallace got his television start in 1994 calling a MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race for TNN alongside Mike Joy and Buddy Baker.
Born Aug. 23, 1963, in St. Louis, Wallace currently resides in St. Louis with his wife, Kim, and their three daughters. You may follow Wallace on Twitter at @Kenny_Wallace.