Kenny Wallace was wearing Kevin Harvick's red firesuit and AJ Allmendinger's yellow helmet in the pits Saturday, an odd combination for an even stranger scenario at Daytona International Speedway.
Wallace was Plan B for two teams.
The part-time driver was asked to serve as a standby for Harvick and nearly ended up replacing Allmendinger.
''Well, that was drama,'' Wallace said minutes before the 400-mile race at Daytona. ''It was a feather in my cap for these car owners to think of my superspeedway driving.''
Harvick's pregnant wife, DeLana, returned to North Carolina earlier in the day, and Harvick was keeping close tabs on any potential contractions. So Richard Childress Racing lined up Wallace just in case Harvick had to rush home.
Allmendinger, meanwhile, was temporarily suspended about 90 minutes before the race for a failed drug test, forcing Penske Racing officials to scramble to get Hornish back to the track.
In case Hornish couldn't make it on time, Penske officials as...