Rusty Wise Charlotte Race Report

Wise Has Tough Luck At Charlotte It was like Daytona all over again for Rusty Wise and the Control Racing Team of Cherryville, NC during Wednesday night's NASCAR Goody's Dash Race at the Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte, NC. First, ...

Wise Has Tough Luck At Charlotte

It was like Daytona all over again for Rusty Wise and the Control Racing Team of Cherryville, NC during Wednesday night's NASCAR Goody's Dash Race at the Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte, NC.

First, qualifying was rained out and the field was set by this year's points. After starting 25th, the Invinca-Shield Pontiac Sunfire was very quick and moved up through the field. However on lap 4, several cars spun in front of Rusty causing extensive damage to the car. Quick work by the crew managed to get the car back on the track, but the car was severely damaged resulting in a 29th place finish. "All I saw was two cars spinning in front of me" Wise said. "I think somebody got me from behind and all I could do was hang on for the ride, so to speak. We had a top 10 car all week. We knew it was going to be tough starting so far back, and the only thing I could do was try to work my way toward the front. That's what we were doing. We had been fast in practice and this made it very frustrating.", said Wise. "Our year has been really stressful, I guess you can say". "We've had good cars; we had a car that could win at Daytona, and we had a car that could win here at Charlotte. We're running up front, but we've just had some bad luck".

Rusty and the Control Racing Team acquired some professional help for Wednesday's race. The well known "Fat Boy" who is currently with Mike Skinner's Winston Cup Team served as the spotter; Milton Bishop served as gas man, who has worked with many NASCAR Busch Series Teams and Brian Butler of Butlerbuilt Motorsports served as interim crew chief before the race. Gary Dellinger, the crew chief for Control Racing had an eventful week awaiting the birth of their first child, Megan LeeAnna Dellinger, weighing 9 lbs 12 oz, arriving Thursday afternoon. "Gary was here for most of the week and for the race. He told his wife, Amber, just to hang on until Thursday and she did", said Wise.

Other than being caught up in a wreck, the team had a good week in Charlotte. "We have shown how strong our team is and a lot of people were impressed. We are continuing to get better and the future is looking brighter for the Control Racing Team", said Rusty.

Control Racing is proud to announce a new addition to their racing family. Megan LeeAnna Dellinger was born to crew chief, Gary Dellinger and his wife Amber, on Thursday afternoon, May 27th at approximately 3:30 p.m. Long awaited Megan weighed 9 lbs 12 oz.

The entire Control Racing Team, with driver Rusty Wise, competed in the NASCAR Goody's Dash event at Lowes Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, with cell phones and pagers on hand in case mom, Amber, would go into labor at home in Cherryville during the race.

Labor was the word for the night all right, but not for Amber, for Gary and the team, as Rusty and the #49 were collected in an early pile up in the event. The car looked rough and Rusty a little sore. But the heavy damage to the car was repaired by the team led by Dellinger, and had him back out on the track within ten laps, to finish the race.

Gary went home tired to be awakened early by Amber, in labor, and off to the hospital for a new baby. Amber delivered by C-section, after a trying day. Everyone is doing fine.

"Amber laid in bed race night trying to hold off going into labor," said Gary, "I was on pins and needles. Normally I will spot up on top of the stands for Rusty during the race, but I was afraid if Amber needed me, I would have a hard time getting out in a hurry. We got Mike Skinner's spotter, "Fat Boy", to help us out. We had to start the race in 25th because they rained out qualifying; we had a good car, a top ten car. We were passing and trying to stay out of trouble, but it still got us. I'm just proud we were able to fix the car, and I was able to help get him back out and finish the race, and Rusty was OK, and so was Amber. It's a lot to be on your mind at once, but we all got through it OK. We are going to have stories to tell our little girl when she grows up. I couldn't have done it without this great team."

The Control Racing Team is proud of Gary and Amber both for their dedication to the team, and the team is proud of little Megan for arriving happy and healthy after the race. True racers can even still be inside the womb. This is proof.

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Drivers Mike Skinner