NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace will establish the record for career Nationwide Series starts when he takes the green flag for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Wallace, the 48-year-old St. Louis native who made his NNS debut at 24, will make his 520th career Nationwide Series start to snap a tie for the mark he currently holds with Jason Keller.
During his 22-year Nationwide Series career, Wallace has nine wins, 170 top 10-finishes, 65 top fives and 10 poles. Fifteen of those current 519 starts have come at Texas Motor Speedway, where he has a best finished of ninth (2005, spring).
"When I think about 519 starts, I actually in a weird way don't think of the Nationwide Series," Wallace said. "I've had 344 Sprint Cup starts - 10 full years in the Cup series, so when you add it up it's like 870-something starts altogether. As appreciative I am to be in the Nationwide Series, it's not really that 519 I'm thinking about. I'm thinking about being ranked 13th all-time in the history of NASCAR and being a good B-plus driver."