Talladega: Rusty Wallace Racing preview

WALLACE AND STREMME HOPE TO AVOID "GHOSTS," CONTINUE CONSISTENCY AT TALLADEGA TALLADEGA, AL (April 22, 2008) -- On the heels of Steve Wallace's first career Nationwide Series top-ten finish last week in Mexico City, Team Atreus Rusty Wallace ...

WALLACE AND STREMME HOPE TO AVOID "GHOSTS," CONTINUE CONSISTENCY AT TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, AL (April 22, 2008) -- On the heels of Steve Wallace's first career Nationwide Series top-ten finish last week in Mexico City, Team Atreus Rusty Wallace Racing returns stateside this week hoping to outrun the ghosts that some say haunt the supposed former Indian burial ground known as Talladega Superspeedway.

Following a strong effort by "Mad" Max Papis in last weekend's road course event in Mexico City, David Stremme returns behind this wheel of the No. 64 machine this week to tackle Talladega's high banks. If history is any indication, the Wallace / Stremme duo has the tools to shake Talladega's demons this weekend. Over the last eight Nationwide Series races of 2008, Wallace's No. 66 team has scored six top-20 finishes, while Stremme's No. 64 squad has logged five top-15 finishes in the last seven events.

In addition to this year's results, both Wallace and Stremme have shown specific restrictor plate prowess in the past. In last year's edition of this event, Wallace was amongst the leaders for the majority of the race, spending 57.5% of his laps among the top-ten and even taking the lead at one point in the event. Unfortunately, his chances for victory were dashed when he was caught up in a late race multi-car accident.

In Wallace's only other career start at Talladega, the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series event, the four-time ARCA winner and 2006 Pole Award Champion started 11th and stormed to the front of the field. Drafting throughout the race with Juan Pablo Montoya, Wallace proved to have one of the race's dominant cars, leading as late as lap 77 of the race. On lap 78, Wallace was passed by ARCA regular Frank Kimmel and immediately after, officials stopped the race due to supposed darkness.

While David Stremme's Nationwide Series history at Talladega is no more extensive than Wallace's, it is also quite impressive. Stremme has one prior Nationwide Series start at the 2.66-mile behemoth, occurring in 2005. In that event, Stremme started 30th and charged through the field to come home with a third-place finish. His 2005 outing included spending 67.5% of the race's laps while within the top-15. Stremme has also made four Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega, including a top-ten run in last Spring's race.

-credit: rwr

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Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya