GRANITE FALLS, N.C. — Kenny Wallace will compete in the upcoming CARS Tour Late Model Stock event at Tri-County Speedway on May 27.
Wallace will have FilterTime, a leader in air filter subscription services, as his primary sponsor.
Wallace will drive the No. 36 FilterTime Chevrolet for South Boston, Va.- based R&S Race Cars in the Late Model Stock event at the fourth-tenths-mile banked asphalt short track in his CARS Tour debut.
The CARS Tour event on Memorial Day weekend promises plenty of fireworks both on and off the track as the best Late Model competitors in the Southeast battle for a $30,000 winner’s payday.
The race will signify Wallace’s return to asphalt competition for the first time since competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015 at Iowa Speedway.
“I’ve been doing a lot of dirt racing over the last 15 years,” said Wallace. “I talked to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and told him that I wanted to do some asphalt racing. He told me I should try the CARS Tour Series.
“I’m excited to realize my dream and race at Tri-County Speedway and partner up with a quality company like FilterTime and driving for a powerhouse team like R&S Race Cars.”
Earnhardt, a NASCAR Hall of Famer, is excited about supporting Wallace in his return to asphalt racing, especially in the vastly popular CARS Tour Series, which he co-owns with Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick, Cup team owner Justin Marks and former Cup Series driver Jeff Burton.
“I’m really excited about Kenny coming to race in the CARS Tour,” explained Earnhardt. “And I’m even more excited it’ll be in a FilterTime car. When the chance came up to sponsor Kenny, Blake (Koch) and I both agreed it was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.”
Koch, a successful racer in NASCAR himself with 229 combined starts across the sport’s top-three series knows the benefit of having a star driver like Wallace representing their brand.
“Kenny Wallace is one of the best there is at promoting his sponsors, for years I have been trying to think of a way to partner with him and this opportunity is the perfect fit,” offered Koch.
“Kenny shares our competitiveness, he is a great driver, and his hard work and perseverance are evident in his long NASCAR career. It’s a great and rewarding partnership.”