Kenny Wallace Is a Great Guy But....

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMay 27, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Kenny Wallace, driver of the #28 US Border Patrol Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on May 8, 2009 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It's probably hard to find one person that dislikes Kenny Wallace.

Known for his out-going nature, yet nicknamed the shy one, Wallace has a one of a kind laugh and a first place personality. 

Currently, Wallace drives the No. 28 Border Patrol Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

However, when he's not mixing it up with NASCAR's best drivers, you can find him on the SPEED Channel for the shows NASCAR RaceDay presented by the Home Depot and then after the race's conclusion he's on NASCAR Victory Lane.

These shows allow Wallace to be who he is: crazy.

He jumps on the table, dances, gets the crew riled up, and will occasionally scream "Earnnnhhaardt" just to get a reaction from the fans.

Wallace is a fan favorite, he was even voted into the Sprint All-Star Race in 2007 by the fan vote.

He perfectly off-sets his co-hosts: John Roberts, Mr. Stick to the story, and Jimmy Spencer, Mr. Opinionated.

Wallace has the emotions, he has the fun and loves everything he does and the fans and drivers love him back.

But, has Wallace crossed the line?

During NASCAR RaceDay Wallace is unpredictable, you just never know what he may say or do next.

Which wasn't surprising when he started to adapt his own catch phrase, much the same way that Darrell Waltrip says "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity," and Fox analyst Chris Myers says, "I kid because I care."

Kenny Wallace has begun to say: "Riding high, not afraid to die."

Normally, this will be heard as he, Roberts and Spencer go through the races highlights on their Victory Lane show.

They review the race and go through all the major highlights, and when they show a driver that was on the charge who was using the high line, that's when Wallace will break out his phrase.

It's really not a big deal, he's not insulting anyone and he's not making a nasty comment about the racing.

But, it's hard to embrace that saying when you have the two main subjects being racing and death.

Two things that no one wants to have to talk about and two things that should not be in the same sentence unless an unfortunate announcement has to be made.

To say that a driver is "riding high, not afraid to die," may be true. Race car drivers know the risk they take when strapping in each week, but it's something the fans should not have to hear it.

The wounds from Dale Earnhardt are still fresh and difficult for some fans.

Catch phrases are fun and Wallace has enough energy and enthusiasm that he could probably create a million more, to go along with the millions of things that he says each weekend.

But this is one phrase that I only hope does not get turned into T-shirts and merchandise. 

Race fans already know the dangers their heroes face, they already accept what can lurk around the corner.

There's no need for Wallace to be enforcing it each weekend, sometimes it's better not to be remind of what can happen.

So Wallace, here's a really bad suggestion: Riding high, making those horses fly.