New faces behind big names highlight Saturday's race at Memphis DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2005) -- The entry list for Saturday's final stand-alone race of the NASCAR Busch Series season at Memphis Motorsports Park contains some of the great...
New faces behind big names highlight Saturday's race at Memphis
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2005) -- The entry list for Saturday's final stand-alone race of the NASCAR Busch Series season at Memphis Motorsports Park contains some of the great names in racing -- Earnhardt, Elliott, Foyt and Wallace.
However, only Bill Elliott (No. 6 Hellman's Mayonnaise Dodge), the 1988 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, is the established name in the group. The others are next generation drivers seeking to establish their own identity in the sport.
A.J. Foyt IV (No. 38 Great Clips Dodge), the grandson of 1972 Daytona 500 winner and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, is scheduled to make his NASCAR debut at Memphis driving for Akins Motorsports. He completed his third year in the IndyCar Series last week in his home state of Texas, finishing 20th in the standings running in 15 of the series' 17 races. He posted two top-10 finishes and one 11th-place effort -- each of those finishes were at NASCAR Busch Series venues -- Homestead, Kentucky and Chicago.
In 2002, he captured the Inaugural IRL Infiniti Pros Series championship winning four races and four poles.
Stephen Wallace, the 18-year-old son of 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Rusty Wallace, is being primed to race for his father's NASCAR Busch Series team, driving the No. 64 Top Flite Dodge. Like Foyt IV, Wallace will make his series debut at Memphis. He has had plenty of success in a short period of time, claiming a win at Michigan along with a fourth-place finish at Chicago and a seventh-place at Toledo in four ARCA races this year."This is definitely a big step for Steve," Rusty Wallace said. "He's done a great job on the short tracks and I really feel like he's ready for this. We tested together at Memphis and he ran just as fast, if not faster, than I did. "This is going to be a good chance for him to get out there and gain some experience. Hopefully he's going to be able to run all the laps and gain the respect of his competitors."
Kerry Earnhardt (No. 99 Bryan Foods Chevrolet), another son of a legendary driver, hopes to break into the field at Memphis. Earnhardt has raced in each of NASCAR's three national series starting in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1998, but still seeks his first win. He has started 68 races in the NASCAR Busch Series. His first career top-five finish came at Memphis in 2002, his only start at the track.
Elliott, Foyt IV and Wallace are guaranteed a starting spot in the event as their car owners are ranked in the top 30 in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings. Earnhardt will have to make his way into the race on time.