Wallace, Evernham to enter Bristol Cup race

Rusty Wallace And Ray Evernham Taking Aim On Another Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway; Former Champions and Bristol Legends Ready to Roll in "Thunder Valley" LAS VEGAS (February 27, 2009)--Former NASCAR Cup Series Champion and nine-time ...

Rusty Wallace And Ray Evernham Taking Aim On Another Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway; Former Champions and Bristol Legends Ready to Roll in "Thunder Valley"

LAS VEGAS (February 27, 2009)--Former NASCAR Cup Series Champion and nine-time Bristol Motor Speedway Cup Series winner, Rusty Wallace and three-time Cup Series Champion crew chief, Ray Evernham, announced today that they will team to pilot a No. 2 Chevrolet Impala SS in the March 21st Saturday Night Special at Bristol Motor Speedway. The event marks Wallace's first career start at Bristol while driving a Chevrolet.

Said Wallace, "When the opportunity to run this race first came about, of course I was interested, but I just didn't really pay it a lot of attention. But then, when I saw all of these guys signing up to run, there was no way I was going to let Junior Johnson, Harry Gant and those guys get another chance at Bristol's Victory Lane without me. I've been in Victory Lane there a lot of times before and you can bet that Ray and I are going to be trying like heck to get there again.

"Everyone's acting like this thing's just going to be for charity, but you better believe that we're all in it to win it. Ray and I are bringing a bad little hot rod painted up just like my old Miller Genuine Draft cars and we're going to try to take it to them one last time at Bristol."

While Wallace's Bristol record is well-noted, former car owner and championship crew chief, Ray Evernham, has quite a record at Bristol himself. As crew chief for Jeff Gordon, Evernham enjoyed a record that included four wins, seven top-fives and nine top-tens at Bristol.

Noted Evernham, "When you look back at it, Rusty and Jeff (Gordon) were really the guys to beat at Bristol for a long, long time. Through all of those races, I'd like to think that I've learned a few tricks about how to get around Bristol. Believe me, we're going to use all of them that Saturday night."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Rusty Wallace , Ray Evernham , Junior Johnson , Harry Gant