Wallace eager for Bristol

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2003

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- No matter how bad things get for Wallace, he knows the chance for redemption always comes twice a year when the NASCAR Win ston Cup Series moves to Bristol Motor Speedway.

The half-mile raceway, with its 36-degree banking and 160,000 seats, is his favorite track. He puts more into pre paring for 500 laps at Bristol than any other driver and his record re flects it: six poles and nine victories.

He now hopes to find some old magic with a new race car so he can break a winless streak that's almost two years old.

''We're going to Bristol, and we've built a brand new car,'' he said during preparation for this Sunday's Food City 500. ''Every body looks at me like we're crazy every time we build a new car going into Bristol, but it's a strong track for us. We run well there. It's a fun track. We built a brand new car, the best we know how to build, and it's ready for that race.''

Wallace needs a good finish. He's 20th in the current point standings with just one top-10 finish a sixth-place showing at Rockingham, N.C.

CHANGES AT RCR: Richard Chil dress continued to make sweeping changes with his race teams by promoting Todd Berrier to crew chief for Kevin Harvick's car and moving Gil Martin into the roll of team manager.

For Harvick, it's his third crew chief in the past 29 races.

Childress swapped crew chiefs and most crewmen be tween Harvick's team and Rob by Gordon's.

Berrier and Harvick worked together to win the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series championship.

EARNHARDT TRIBUTE: Hootie and the Blowfish and The Goo Goo Dolls have been added to the June 28 Dale Earnhardt Tri bute Concert at the Daytona International Speed way.

The concert will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Legacy Pro gram, which donates money to a variety of wildlife, children and educational programs. So far, the concert has enlisted the help of Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn and Alabama, in addition to the new acts an nounced this week.

Reach Don Coble at doncoble@bellsouth.net.

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