BUSCH: Homestead: Michael Wallace preview

Ladies and Gentlemen, Say Goodbye to One of NASCAR's Greatest Champions! NBS car owner and NEXTEL Cup Series driver, Rusty Wallace will drive in the final race of his career this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway. Sitting -399 points out of ...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Say Goodbye to One of NASCAR's Greatest Champions!

NBS car owner and NEXTEL Cup Series driver, Rusty Wallace will drive in the final race of his career this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway. Sitting -399 points out of first place in the Chase for the Championship, Wallace isn't in the chase for the trophy. But don't let that overshadow the impressive year that Wallace and his No. 2 Miller Lite team have had in 2005; with eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes this year, Wallace will never forget his final year in the NEXTEL Cup Series; and neither will we.

Which Wallace? -- There will be a Wallace in the seat of the No. 64 Miller High Life Dodge this weekend, but it won't be Rusty. With this being the elder Wallace's final race of his career in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge; Wallace decided to focus his attention on his Cup car and let younger brother, Mike take over on the other side of the garage. For the second time this year, Mike Wallace will pilot the No. 64 MHL Dodge. The last race Wallace drove for his older brother was IRP in August, where he finished 10th.

Crew Chief Update -- Bryant Frazier will serve as crew chief for the No. 64 High Life Dodge at Homestead. Frazier's first race with RWI was at Texas with McMurray in the No. 42 Bell Helicopter car. Frazier comes from Haas Racing where he served as crew chief for Justin Labonte and was in charge of their R&D program. Steve Darne, who was filling in as interim crew chief, will rejoin his role as car chief.

Chassis 64-14 -- Frazier and crew will take Chassis No. 14 to the track this weekend. This is a brand new car that the team built for Homestead; they are eager to see how well it will run with Mike Wallace behind the wheel.

Quotes:

Frazier on his role as crew chief with RWI Racing--

"I like working for this team and Rusty. His energy is contagious, and I can learn a lot from him. Rusty gives us everything we need to do our job here; we have good equipment and good people and I think we'll be very competitive next year. I was hoping Rusty was going to drive this weekend, but with everything he has going on with this being his last weekend, I understand why he's not. But I think Mike will do a good job for us, he's driven this car before and been good in it, so I'm looking forward to working with him at Homestead."

Mike Wallace on driving his brother's car at Homestead--

"I'm looking forward to driving the High Life car for Rusty this weekend. This is an emotional weekend for our entire family, with this being Rusty's last race; so to take the pressure off of him a little bit will be good. We ran well together at IRP, finishing tenth, and I think we can have a good solid top-five finish here this weekend in Homestead."

-rwi

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Mike Wallace , Justin Labonte