Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

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Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
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Born (1963-05-23) May 23, 1963 (age 51)
United States Basalt, Colorado
Achievements

1985, 1986 Trans-Am Series champion

Four class wins at 24 Hours of Daytona

Three class wins at 12 Hours of Sebring
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
226 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
Best finish 2nd - 1995 The Bud At The Glen
First race 1991 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2001 Pocono 500 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
23
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
16 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Best finish 61st - 2004
First race 2002 Cabela's 250 (Michigan)
Last race 2005 Ameriquest 300 (California)
Wins Top tens Poles
3
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 68th - 1995
First race 1995 Subway 100 (Sonoma)
Last race 1996 Lund Look 225 (Topeka
Wins Top tens Poles
1
Statistics current as of December 2, 2011.

Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (born May 23, 1963) is an American racecar driver who formerly competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He competed in 226 Winston Cup races from 1991 to 2001 and had 23 top 10 finishes. The son of open wheel racer and former CART chief steward, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., Wally Jr. is also a road racer. Aside from NASCAR, Wally has raced in SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA Camel GT, CART, and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Largely retired from full-time driving, Dallenbach is now a race commentator for NBC Sports and Turner Sports. His primary responsibilities are for TNT's NASCAR coverage, a position he has held since 2001, and NBC Sports Network's IndyCar Series coverage, which he has been a part of since NBC was bought by Comcast in 2010. Dallenbach works with Adam Alexander and Kyle Petty on TNT and with Leigh Diffey and Jon Beekhuis on NBC Sports Network.

Biography[edit]

Dallenbach was born in Basalt Colorado. He grew up in Denver Colorado with his father Wally Dallenbach Sr. and mother. After graduating high school, Dallenbach left Colorado for North Carolina to start a racing career. He began his pro racing career in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. Immediately he won the Rookie-of-the Year title in 1984, and followed that up with two Trans-Am championships. The first one in 1985 driving for Jack Roush in a Mercury Capri. This made Wally the youngest Trans-Am champion at just 22 years old. The following year Wally joined the Protofab team and drove their Camaros to another championship. The success garnered him an invitation to race in the International Race of Champions in 1987. Wally followed up those accomplishments by winning the 24 Hours of Daytona four times and the 12 Hours of Sebring three times.

By 1991, Wally was ready to make a jump to the world of NASCAR. He made 11 starts that year driving one of Junie Donlavey's Fords. In 1992, former boss, Jack Roush called Wally up to have him drive as a teammate to Mark Martin in the #16 Keystone Beer Ford. He drove for Roush during the 1992 and 1993 seasons with two top 5 and five top 10 finishes.

In 1994, The King, Richard Petty put Wally in the famous STP #43. He was the second driver other than Petty to drive the #43. Wally was released part way through the season. 1995 was an up-and-down year as Wally did not have a full-time ride. However a one race deal with Bill Davis in the #22 MBNA Pontiac almost got Wally his first Winston Cup win at Watkins Glen, but he fell in the closing laps to finish in 2nd. Dallenbach was considered as one of the better road course drivers and was often recruited to drive at such tracks as Sonoma and Watkins Glen as many drivers struggled on these more demanding tracks.

Wally Dallenbach Jr. in the Bud Moore Engineering #15 Hayes Modems, Ford Thunderbird. June 1996

The following years saw Wally jumping around to different rides including the #15 Hayes Modems Ford for Bud Moore in 1996, and the #46 First Union Chevrolet for Felix Sabates from 1997 through part of 1998. Later that year Wally stepped in to sub for Ricky Craven in the #50 Budweiser Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. The combination worked out well and Wally signed on to drive the #25 Budweiser Chevrolet for 1999. It resulted in his best position in the standings of 18th.

In 2000, Wally joined the new Galaxy Motorsports and drove the #75 Turner Broadcasting Ford. It was a difficult season and proved even more so when promised sponsor opportunities fell through leaving Wally rideless right before the 2001 season was to begin. In fact, Dallenbach was listed in several season preview media sources, despite never attempting a single race that season. Dallenbach would also sub for Joe Nemechek in the Pocono event in 2001.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Without a ride, Dallenbach took up TV commentating in 2001, covering the NASCAR races for NBC and TNT alongside Allen Bestwick (later Bill Weber, then Adam Alexander) and Benny Parsons (later Kyle Petty). In doing so, he became known for his pre-race "Wally's World" segment, where he takes celebrities for a ride around the track. The commentating also allowed Wally to drive in a few NASCAR Busch Series races and do some live commentary from the car. Wally and Weber also teamed up to commentate several CORR-sanctioned off-road races, with Dallenbach pre-running the track in a Pro-4 truck. With the NBC and TNT partnership splitting at the end of the 2006 season, Dallenbach stayed with TNT's new six-race package, and also reunited with Weber during NBC Champ Car broadcasts.

Dallenbach has not given up on driving however. He has since run Daytona Prototypes with his brother Paul at the 24 Hours of Daytona and in 2006, won the open wheel division at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb with Paul finishing right behind in 2nd.

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1991 11 0 0 0 0 31.8 30.0 $54,020 38th #90 Donlavey Racing
1992 29 0 1 1 0 25.1 22.2 $220,245 24th #16 Roush Racing
1993 30 0 1 4 0 26.5 21.6 $474,340 22nd #16 Roush Racing
1994 14 0 1 3 0 20.9 19.2 $241,492 38th #43 Petty Enterprises
1995 2 0 1 1 0 22.0 20.5 $63,900 50th #45 TTC Motorsports
#22 Bill Davis Racing
1996 30 0 1 3 0 27.1 23.6 $837,001 25th #15 Bud Moore Engineering
1997 22 0 0 1 0 18.2 32.2 $471,479 41st #46/#40 Team SABCO
1998 23 0 0 3 0 25.8 28.0 $807,856 38th #46 Team SABCO
#35 ISM Racing
#50 Hendrick Motorsports
#13 Bill Elliott Racing
1999 34 0 1 6 0 22.6 21.7 $1,741,176 18th #25 Hendrick Motorsports
2000 30 0 0 1 0 29.1 28.4 $1,169,069 34th #75 Galaxy Motorsports
2001 1 0 0 0 0 43.0 26.0 $64,410 63rd #33 Andy Petree Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2002 3 0 0 2 0 22.3 10.0 $49,275 62nd #6 Tommy Baldwin Racing
2003 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 25.4 $78,790 73rd #17/#89 Reiser Enterprises
2004 6 0 0 1 0 26.5 27.5 $135,035 61st #88 NEMCO Motorsports
#35 Team Rensi Motorsports
2005 2 0 0 0 0 29.0 32.0 $34,145 100th #83 Kevin Harvick Inc.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 1 0 1 1 0 3.0 2.0 $17,050 68th #18 Roehrig Racing
1996 1 0 0 0 0 9.0 25.0 $3,975 112th #66 Marshall Chesrown Racing

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