BUSCH: St. Louis: Steve Wallace preview

THE LOWDOWN * THE STORY: This weekend, the Wallace family returns home to St. Louis, the city where their racing heritage began over 40 years ago. Driving his family-owned No.66 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger, third-generation wheelman Steve...

THE LOWDOWN

* THE STORY: This weekend, the Wallace family returns home to St. Louis, the city where their racing heritage began over 40 years ago. Driving his family-owned No.66 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger, third-generation wheelman Steve Wallace is seeking to capitalize on the potential shown in his 2006 outings at Gateway and become the next driver named Wallace to put the famous No.66 in Victory Lane in the Show Me State. He will do so with the assistance of new RWIR interim crew chief, Steve Darne, who replaces Bryant Frazier beginning this weekend. Darne led Wallace to three wins, four poles and the season-long pole award in a limited ARCA season last year.

* THE MACHINES: Steve Wallace will pilot RWI-012 this weekend. The "12 car" last ran three races ago at New Hampshire. In that event, Wallace started from the rear of the field, following a spin in qualifying and showed strong maturity in earning a top-15 finish after what many consider to be one of his most "complete" races of the year. The team's backup car for this weekend is RWI-002. One of the more mature cars in the RWIR stables, it has yet to enter competition in 2007.

* THE MAN AT GATEWAY: Steve Wallace has two previous career starts at Gateway International Raceway, both occurring last year. In last year's ARCA RE/MAX Series event, Wallace started from the outside pole and led 64 of 142 laps. He seemed poised for victory until late-race pit strategy relegated him to a second-place finish. In the next evening's Busch Series race, the then-rookie impressed all with a fourth-place qualifying effort. A severe handling condition and eventual accident would see him down the running order at the race's conclusion.

STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES DODGE CHARGER

"If I said that this race was just another race, I'd be lying. There's definitely something special about racing in St. Louis, where my Dad and uncles really cut their teeth and learned how to race. All of the fans there are incredible and really treat us well. Heck, there's even a grandstand named after our family there (Wallace Family Grandstand). I feel like we should have a great shot at being up front this weekend; we almost won the ARCA race at Gateway last year and had a great qualifying run for the Busch Series race. My interim crew chief, Steve Darne and I have really worked well together in the past and I expect us to pick up right where we left off last year at the Iowa ARCA race--up front. I'd like to thank HomeLife Communities, Jon Been and everyone on my team for their patience and enthusiasm over the past week. Everyone at RWI Racing is excited, optimistic and ready to rumble this weekend in St. Louis. I can't wait to get it on Saturday night."

-credit: rwi

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Steve Wallace