BUSCH: St. Louis: Rusty Wallace preview

Rusty Wallace/Miller High Life Fast Facts Race Information -- Event: Wallace Family Tribute 250; Race: Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 8:15 p.m. EST on TNT; Track: Gateway International Raceway; Qualifying: July 30, 2005 at 4:05 p.m. EST on SPEED; ...

Rusty Wallace/Miller High Life Fast Facts

Race Information -- Event: Wallace Family Tribute 250; Race: Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 8:15 p.m. EST on TNT; Track: Gateway International Raceway; Qualifying: July 30, 2005 at 4:05 p.m. EST on SPEED; Track Length: 1.25-mile oval

Wallace to Pilot High Life Car in Hometown -- NEXTEL Cup Series veteran and NBS car owner, Rusty Wallace will pilot his No. 64 Miller High Life Dodge this Saturday for the Wallace Family Tribute 250. Wallace will compete at Gateway for the first and last time, in his hometown of St. Louis, as he will hang up his racing helmet at the end of the 2005 season. The elder Wallace brother will race alongside his brothers Kenny and Mike for only the third time in their careers in the NBS.

Testing 1, 2, 3 -- Wallace and his crew participated in a two-day test at the Gateway International Raceway last week. Bainbridge and crew felt the knowledge they gained from the test will help bring them their second straight top-five finish this Saturday night. Bainbridge didn't change much after unloading the car; Wallace was so impressed with the way the car handled upon hitting the track, that the team made just one qualifying run.

Welcome to the "Wallace Family Tribute 250" -- This weekend's race will be held in honor of the Wallace Family in their hometown of St. Louis, MO. Mother, Judy and Father, Russ will serve as Grand Marshals of the race; while their three sons Rusty, Kenny, and Mike will race alongside each other for the last time. In honor of the Wallace Family's dedication to auto racing in the city of St. Louis, the track will dedicate a portion of the grandstands to the family on Friday afternoon.

Chassis No. 02 -- Blake Bainbridge and his MHL team will take Chassis No. 02 to the track this weekend in Gateway. This is the same car that Bill Elliott drove to a 15th place finish earlier this year at Milwaukee. This car also brought the team their first win at Darlington in 2004 with McMurray behind the wheel.

Quotes:

Blake Bainbridge on having car owner, Rusty Wallace behind the wheel this weekend at Gateway--

"I feel good about having Rusty behind the wheel. When we run these companion events, and he has the Cup car to worry about, he can't dedicate as much time over here on this side of the garage. It'll be better for us this weekend because he can be totally focused on our car. I feel really good about getting a top-five finish this weekend in Gateway."

Bainbridge on his Gateway Test and the team's momentum right now--

"Everything seems to really be coming together for this team. Pit stops are getting so much better and the team is just starting to gel better. We've hired a good pit crew, everyone is working really well together and we've had a good couple of weeks. On track performance is going to be there with Rusty, so if we can be on top of things in the pits, we'll be very fast."

-mhlr-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace