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July 14, 2014

Where are they now? Danny Wallace

Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.

A few years ago, I wrote some Pit Stop’s about racers that had raced at area tracks several years ago and what they were doing after their racing days. I received a lot of good comments about the stories, so I decided to write a few more this year.

The first “Where Are They Now” is about Danny Wallace of Des Moines, who was a regular racer at The Eldon Raceway and the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Wallace also occasionally raced at The Bloomfield Speedway.

Wallace retired from auto racing after the 2004 racing season after 30 years of competition. He started racing in the Sportsman division and, a few years later, he moved to racing in the Late Model division.

He raced a few years in the Late Models before he moved to the Modifieds in 1985. He competed in the Modifieds the last 19 years of his career.

In his 30-year racing career, Wallace amassed around 160 feature wins with 29 of those coming in 1992 where he was crowned the IMCA Modified National Champion. In 1991 and 1993, he finished as the IMCA Modified National Runner-up.

He raced an asphalt Late Model at Cedar Rapids and Lacrosse, Wisconsin in 1994. He raced one year on asphalt before he moved back to dirt Modifieds. In 1997 Wallace was the North Central Region Modified Champion.

Wallace raced the number 41 all but two years of his 30 years of competition.

“My brothers raced a little bit, and they used a lot of different numbers. I used their last race car for my first race car and it was the number 41, so I just used that number," Wallace said. "In 1992 and 1993, I drove the Speedway Motors Kit Car which was featured on the front page of Stock Car Magazine. Any of their house cars are the number 4X, so those two years I was the number 4X."

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