Steve Wallace Michigan preview

Career First: The Hantz Group 200 marks Steve Wallace's first career event on a 2-mile superspeedway. The Milwaukee Mile is the longest track on which he has previously competed (1 mile). Career ARCA Stats: Friday's event marks Steve Wallace's...

Career First: The Hantz Group 200 marks Steve Wallace's first career event on a 2-mile superspeedway. The Milwaukee Mile is the longest track on which he has previously competed (1 mile).

Career ARCA Stats: Friday's event marks Steve Wallace's third career ARCA RE/MAX Series start. In his two previous series starts, at Toledo and Milwaukee, Wallace has posted two top-10 starts and one top-10 finish.

Tops in Testing: Steve Wallace led all ARCA drivers in pre-race testing at Michigan. His lap of 39.16 seconds (183.816 mph) bested the second-fastest driver by nearly half a second.

Car History: The #27 Kodak Penske Racing Dodge Wallace will pilot in Friday's event is a Ronnie Hopkins chassis, last driven by Brendan Gaughan in 2004.

Crew: Penske Racing team member Gordon Miller will oversee the at-track preparation of the car, with a crew comprised of both Penske Racing and RWI Racing team members. The team will include Wallace's Hooters Pro Cup series car chief, Jason Poole. On race day, Rusty Wallace's Larry Carter-led NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team will pit the car, with spotting duties to be handled by Wallace's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team spotter, Earl Barban.

Fatherly Advice: Steve Wallace's father, Rusty, leads all active NASCAR Cup drivers in wins at Michigan with five. The elder Wallace plans to coach his son from the spotter's stand during the weekend's events.

QUOTES:

STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER # 27 KODAK PENSKE RACING DODGE:

"I'm really looking forward to Friday's race. I have to thank everyone at Kodak and Penske Racing for this opportunity. We showed in testing that we have a great car and with the best pit crew in NASCAR behind me, I really think that we're going to have a great finish. I'm going to do everything I can to learn this weekend and gain respect from my competitors. Hopefully, we'll be able to stay out of trouble and bring the Kodak Dodge home towards the front."

RUSTY WALLACE, STEVE'S FATHER AND DRIVER, #2 PENSKE RACING DODGE (NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES):

"Our goal for this weekend is to help Steve gain experience. He's been fast in everything he's ever driven and based on what we've seen in testing, I expect more of the same this weekend. We took him testing at Kentucky and he ran just as fast as I did. Then, we took him to Michigan and the kid was the fastest guy there. He even outran me; I couldn't believe it. He's got a great car, great team and great sponsor behind him this weekend. If he can stay out of trouble, I really think that he's going to have a great finish."

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Series ARCA
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Steve Wallace
Teams Team Penske