BUSCH: Bristol II: Steve Wallace preview

* THE STORY: Bristol. Wallace. Over the last 20 years in NASCAR, few words have become so synonymous with one another. This weekend, 20 year-old wheelman and Spring 2007 Bristol Busch Series pole winner, Steve Wallace, looks to add to his family's...

* THE STORY: Bristol. Wallace. Over the last 20 years in NASCAR, few words have become so synonymous with one another. This weekend, 20 year-old wheelman and Spring 2007 Bristol Busch Series pole winner, Steve Wallace, looks to add to his family's Bristol legend and wheel his hot rod into Bristol's hallowed victory lane. Although just weeks out of his teenage years, Steve has already made his mark on Bristol, winning the inaugural Food City 150 late model event there in 2004. He followed up that feat by besting a field that included over 20 NEXTEL Cup Series drivers to win the pole for this year's Spring event at the 0.533-mile bullring.

* THE MACHINES: Third-generation driver, Steve Wallace, will tackle the newly repaved and reshaped high banks of Bristol from behind the wheel of RWI-018. This is the same car that claimed the pole position for the Spring event.

* THE TEAM AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Even outside of Rusty and Steve Wallace's noted success at Bristol, RWI Racing has traditionally been a strong contender in Busch Series events there. In last year's edition of this weekend's event, then-RWIR driver, Jamie McMurray was running in 2nd position with less than 50 laps remaining. He seemed poised for victory, quickly chasing down leader Matt Kenseth, before being taken out of contention in an unusual accident created by a lapped car. During that event, McMurray spent 188 of the race's first 209 laps among the top-15 and set 12 of the event's fastest race laps before being forced to the garage. In the spring 2006 event, Steve Wallace started third and passed leader Kevin Harvick early in the going to lead his first Busch Series laps in his Bristol Busch Series debut. Prior to that, RWI wheelmen McMurray and Jeremy Mayfield scored back-to-back top-ten finishes in the 2005 Busch Series events at Bristol.

STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 TEAM HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES RWI RACING DODGE CHARGER

YOU'VE HAD SUCCESS AT BRISTOL AND TESTED ON THE TRACK'S NEW SURFACE EARLIER IN THE SEASON; WHAT DID YOU THINK? "Personally, I wasn't a big fan of it when we were here during the test, but I really hope that I'll change my mind as we get into the race. It seems like they almost did too good of a job when they repaved it. Most of the bumps and abrupt transitions, which really gave the track its character, are gone now. They've definitely made it a lot easier track to drive; its going to be extremely fast. I really felt like I had the old track figured out pretty well, so of course I don't like the new one, but if it puts on a better show for the fans in the stands and on ESPN, then it's a good thing."

WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE WEEKEND? "We've had a very up and down season and one of the biggest ups was winning the pole in the first race there. Bristol is a track that I love; I'm very confident in my ability to get around there fast, so we're hoping that this weekend can be one that really helps to smooth out our season. Dad and the front office staff at the team have made a lot of really positive changes to our team over the last several weeks and it's just a matter of time before everything starts to gel and we get back up front where our team belongs. I can't wait to get out there and try to win our third pole and first race of the year. It's Bristol; I'm ready to get after it. How can you not be?""

-credit: rwi

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jeremy Mayfield , Kevin Harvick , Jamie McMurray , Steve Wallace