The lowdown THE STORY: Steve Wallace and the Rusty Wallace, Inc. team head to Nashville this week fresh off the younger Wallace's first-ever NASCAR Busch Series pole position in last week's event on the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. The...
THE STORY: Steve Wallace and the Rusty Wallace, Inc. team head to Nashville this week fresh off the younger Wallace's first-ever NASCAR Busch Series pole position in last week's event on the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. The team has high hopes for this weekend's event; after their performances at Nashville last year, they have this race "circled" as one in which Steve could pick up his first career win.
WEAPONRY: Steve Wallace will head to battle this weekend from behind the wheel of chassis RWI-020. Relatively new to the RWI stables, this car has only a brief history. Its best outing to date came in the Fall 2006 event at Dover, where Jamie McMurray started 15th and led 52 laps en route to a fourth place finish.
STEVE WALLACE AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY: Nashville has proven to be a bright spot in Steve Wallace's young career. His first start on the Tennessee concrete came in last spring's ARCA RE/MAX Series event, where he started from the pole and challenged for the win late in the race, before being bit by a mechanical failure, which relegated him to a top-ten finish. The same afternoon, Wallace strapped into his Busch Series car for another 300 miles, in which he showed veteran ability in starting 35th and finishing 12th, on the lead lap. In the fall event, Steve showed that he was a force with which to be reckoned, starting 28th and climbing as high as sixth, before a late-race exhaust failure robbed the rookie of what may have been his first top-five finish in the Busch Series.
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NEWS AND NOTES
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Steve Wallace appeared on this Wednesday night's edition of NASCAR Now on espn2 and was asked a variety of questions regarding his family's influence on his young career. Soon, the questioning turned to the Jimmie Johnson / Jeff Gordon spat from the NEXTEL Cup event at Martinsville. Steve was asked if he would ever intentionally knock a family member, such as his Uncle Mike, out of the way to win a race. "It's all business," Steve joked, "I'd give him the chrome horn..."
MASTERING MUSIC CITY: Although Steve Wallace has not won at Nashville Superspeedway and Rusty Wallace has never started an event there, both have experienced prior success at the Nashville Fairgrounds facility, now known as Music City Motorplex. Rusty won the 1985 edition of the All American 400, one of the crown jewels of short track stock car racing. He also started the final NASCAR Premier Series event at that track the same year. Not to be outdone, the younger Wallace captured a 150-lap UARA event at the Motorplex in 2004, en route to winning three of the final four UARA events and the rookie of the year title in that series.
STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES DODGE CHARGER: "I'm really excited about getting to Nashville. We ran really well there last year and could have had a top five in the second race there, but we broke a piece in the exhaust system. We're taking a really good car there, so coming off the momentum we got by winning the pole in Bristol, I'm excited about our chances of getting a top five finish this weekend, maybe even putting our HomeLife Communities Dodge in Victory Lane if everything goes right."
BRYANT FRAZIER, CREW CHIEF, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES DODGE CHARGER: "We've had this race circled all year as being a great chance for Steve to get his first win. He really gets around Nashville well and we're taking a good car; Jamie (McMurray) led a lot of the day with it at Dover last year and finished fourth. We're all really excited about how quickly Steve's been progressing from week to week; it's a lot of fun to be a part of this HomeLife Communities team right now."