BUSCH: Dover II: Steve Wallace preview

* THE STORY: On the heels of a veteran-like top-15 lead lap showing in the Richmond round, Steve Wallace and Team HomeLife Communities head to "The Monster Mile" this weekend looking to build momentum for the final races of the year. After several...

* THE STORY: On the heels of a veteran-like top-15 lead lap showing in the Richmond round, Steve Wallace and Team HomeLife Communities head to "The Monster Mile" this weekend looking to build momentum for the final races of the year. After several highly productive test sessions in the last few weeks and the hiring of short-track legend, Shane Huffman as Wallace's car chief, morale in the RWI Racing camp is sky high as the team heads to a track where Steve Wallace has been fast. His average start of 9.7 over the last three races at Dover is the best of all Busch Series regulars-and fourth overall, behind Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle-during that span.

* THE MACHINES: Steve will seek to slay the "Monster" this weekend from atop RWI-018. The "18 car" has been the team's concrete surface workhorse this year and has shown speed in its two previous 2007 starts. Chassis 018 qualified 11th in the first 2007 event at Dover; it started 5th at Bristol last month and seemed poised for a top-ten finish until being taken out by Bobby Hamilton, Jr. late in the event.

* THE MAN AT DOVER: Steve Wallace has three career Busch Series starts at Dover and has been fast in all three, with only one start (11th) outside the top-ten. In the spring 2007 event, he started 11th and ran in the top-15 for much of the race's early going, before loose lug nuts forced him to pit road under green and effectively took him out of contention and relegated him to a 22nd-place finish.

NEWS AND NOTES

* RAMPING UP: RWI Racing, LLC officials announced this week the hiring of former Busch Series driver and USAR Hooters Pro Cup National Champion, Shane Huffman as car chief on the No.66 Dodge, driven by Steve Wallace. Noted RWI Racing team owner, Rusty Wallace, "Our new General Manager, Rick Carpenter, has done a tremendous job of finding very talented people to join our organization and I'm really excited about the latest additions to our lineup. Shane Huffman is a world-class racing driver and will undoubtedly add a whole new dimension to our team's operations. Just like I was during my career, Shane is really hands-on with the chassis and knows a race car inside and out. He and Steve really get along well and I know that he will be an enormous asset to our organization." Huffman noted, "I'm really looking forward to this next chapter in my career. I've built and worked on race cars my entire life and I've always prided myself in my ability to do that. I've raced with Steve Wallace for quite a while now--through the Busch Series and Pro Cup--and I know that he has the natural talent and car control to win races in NASCAR. I'm excited about the opportunity to take what I've learned over the years and combine it with Steve's potential behind the wheel."

* TESTING THEIR METAL: At the end of last week, Steve Wallace and Team HomeLife Communities RWI Racing were again at the Rusty Wallace-designed Iowa Speedway, in preparation for final stretch run to the end of the season. In attendance at the test were interim crew chief, Steve Darne and newly-named car chief, Shane Huffman.

* CHASING CHASE: RWI Racing's two teams are at the same track this weekend for only the second time this season. Chase Austin and Steve "Double Duty" Darne will look to tackle "The Monster Mile" on Friday afternoon, in the 150-lap season finale for the NASCAR Busch East Series. Austin's next two events will be the Memphis Busch Series event and the ARCA event at Talladega.

* RUSTY ON TV: RWI Racing team owner, Rusty Wallace made another appearance on the renowned TV talk show, Live with Regis and Kelly, on Thursday morning, to promote NASCAR Angels, the nationally-syndicated TV program which he co-hosts with Shannon Wiseman.

* THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: The thoughts and prayers of everyone at RWI Racing, LLC are with all of those affected by the recent events at Delaware State University, located in close proximity to Dover Int'l Speedway.

PRE-RACE QUOTES: STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 TEAM HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES RWI RACING DODGE CHARGER

* WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS WEEKEND'S EVENT? "I haven't been this excited about a race in a while. We really learned a lot during testing the last few weeks and hope that we can apply it to this weekend's event. Shane Huffman is already starting to make a big impact on our team; the morale in our shop is really high right now and everyone's excited about the prospects for the rest of this year and heading into 2008."

* THOUGHTS ON THE DOVER TRACK ITSELF? "Dover is a really fun track to race on. There are a ton of grooves; you can run all over the place there. At the same time though, it's lightning fast and things happen in a hurry there. As fun as Dover is to drive, you can get in trouble there before you know it."

-credit: rwi

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rusty Wallace , Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Shane Huffman , Steve Wallace , Chase Austin