BUSCH: Las Vegas: Steve Wallace preview

News and Notes: * Welcome to the Team: RWI Racing is extremely pleased to announce the addition of GlobalTec Solutions and its Wizetrade software product to the team's sponsor roster. Wizetrade will serve as the team's primary sponsor for...

News and Notes:

* Welcome to the Team: RWI Racing is extremely pleased to announce the addition of GlobalTec Solutions and its Wizetrade software product to the team's sponsor roster. Wizetrade will serve as the team's primary sponsor for this week's event and will have visible activation at-track, as well as online, via the brand's website at www.wizetrade.com.

* Happy Birthday: The 2004 Las Vegas event marked the first NASCAR Busch Series race ever for RWI Racing. In that event, the rookie driver and crew chief combination of Billy Parker and Blake Bainbridge began their partnership with an impressive top-15 start, but the #66 Duraflame Dodge Intrepid ended up the day in 28th position.

* Chassis History: The primary chassis for Steve and the team this weekend will be RWI-022. This weekend's event will mark the first for this vehicle. It was one of two cars the team tested at Las Vegas earlier in the year. In that test, the No. 66 team ended up the final session 13th fastest of the 53 cars that tested, with a best lap of 30.095 seconds (179.432 MPH). That time is not really indicative of the team's performance though, noted crew chief Bryant Frazier, "We posted our fastest lap in the heat of the afternoon and were fourth fastest all day long. Right at the end of the day, a lot of guys made qualifying runs when it was really cool and posted some fast laps. We're not going to be qualifying in cool conditions though, so we should be looking good."

* Rookie Stripes: This weekend's event will mark Steve Wallace's first NASCAR start at Las Vegas. He did participate in the open test session at Las Vegas earlier in the year, however. Steve enters this event ranked in the top-15 in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings (T-15) for the first time in his fledgling career.

* Wherefore Art Thou, Lady Luck?: Entering this week's event in a city where luck is key, Steve Wallace is hoping that just a little bit of Lady Luck's magic will fall his way. Noted Wallace, "If we would have just had a little luck, we could easily be way up in the top-10 in points right now. First, we go to Daytona and get caught up in someone else's mess, then we qualify eighth at California, end up breaking the valence in qualifying and have to start tail back. After that, we went to Mexico, where we had an incredible car and a sure top-10, but we ended up getting hit by (Michel) Jourdain with just a couple of laps to go. Our cars have been great this year; we just need some luck and we're going to turn a lot of heads," Wallace continued, "I found three heads-up pennies in the airport on the way to Vegas, so maybe that's a sign that Lady Luck is going to start looking out for us. Hopefully our crew won't use up all of our luck in the casinos this week and we'll have a little bit left over for Saturday."

Quotes:

* Driver, Steve Wallace: "The new Las Vegas should be a good track for us. We have our high-speed intermediate package figured out pretty well and Las Vegas definitely falls into that category of track. I never ran on the old Las Vegas track, but they definitely built one heck of a fast racetrack this time around. We were way up over 200 mph getting into turn one in the test and I'm sure that we'll be even faster this time around. Those are the kinds of tracks that I enjoy though. I'm really excited about having Wizetrade on board for this weekend and look forward to giving them a good run in our Dodge Charger."

* Crew Chief, Bryant Frazier: "All things considered, I think we've had a pretty good year so far. Although we don't have the numbers to prove it, I think everyone is totally convinced that Steve can get the job done. He's been really fast everywhere we've been so far, but it just seems like our luck hasn't been the best so far. We're just going to keep building the best cars we can and no one doubts that Steve is going to drive the wheels off them. This week is no different. We're going to a really high-banked, high-speed track, the type of track where our cars have traditionally performed well in the past. Jamie (McMurray) had a good run in our car here last year and we're looking forward to continuing that success in our Wizetrade Dodge Charger this time around as well. We're all really looking forward to giving the Wizetrade folks a good show on Saturday."

-credit: rwi

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Billy Parker , Steve Wallace