“Got his recording,” Wallace said. “Now I really want to know what’s happening.” Left unanswered was in what role Kenny would talk with Rusty. Would it be brother to brother or TV personality to driver? That’s part of Kenny’s charm. As a member of the NASCAR garage family, the younger Wallace is able to obtain all kinds of information, some of it no more than unfounded rumors. But in his role as a TV personality for Speed, he has to sort out fact from fiction, and in such a manner not to offend people in the industry who are friends, not just sources. Wallace said Speed has raised the bar of credibility for he and Jimmy Spencer, another driver who shows up on NASCAR This Morning, NASCAR Victory Lane and Inside Nextel Cup. Wallace and Spencer no longer have the option to report a fact without verification. “I paint in black and white,” Wallace said. “We tend to leave the colors out.” But that doesn’t mean Wallace, also in town to promote the NASCAR weekend Sept. 2-4 at California Speedway, isn’t going to be less colorful or back down from an opinion. “You have to wonder what’s going on when Busch decides to leave Roush, or Jaime McMurray decides to leave Chip Ganassi,” Wallace said. “Could it be they don’t feel they’re being treated right? Roush has five cars, Ganassi three. I think there’s something there.” And he wasn’t surprised that Roger Penske opted for Busch as a replacement for Rusty. “They been saying all along it wasn’t going to be a developmental driver,” said Wallace, fifth in the Busch Series points standings. “They don’t have a Busch team, they have to take care of their sponsors, they want to compete right away and they were looking for a young driver with experience.” With that, it was time for a radio interview via telephone. It’s all part of the hectic lifestyle Wallace is enjoying. He was in Indianapolis on Sunday, back in Charlotte on Monday, in Fontana on Tuesday, back in Charlotte on Wednesday night and on his way to Watkins Glen, N.Y., today. “I’m having fun,” he said. “I’m really enjoying all this.” Louis Brewster covers motor racing. His notebook appears Thursday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then there’s his trademark laugh. Wallace took time Tuesday from a promotional visit to do several interviews after flying in from his North Carolina home. After talking for nearly an hour, he was stopped in his tracks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “What do you think of the Kurt Busch deal?” Wallace was asked. “What? I’ve been flying all day. What have I missed?” Wallace said. When informed of Busch’s decision to join Penske Racing in 2007 and perhaps be released from Roush Racing in 2006, Wallace’s mouth fell open. After all, Busch was going to replace Rusty Wallace, Kenny’s older brother, in the Penske operation. “Really?” Wallace asked after a few seconds. “Didn’t see that coming. I mean, I heard a lot of things, but I didn’t think it would be like that. Let me call Rusty and see what he says.” With that, Wallace flipped open his cell phone and quickly dialed his brother’s number. There aren’t many occasions when Kenny Wallace is at a loss for words. The veteran NASCAR Busch Series driver has found fame outside the track, talking and laughing his way through life. He’s a regular on a pair of Speed television shows, has appeared in the FX series “Drivers 360” and always is good for a sound bite.