Steve Wallace Snowball Derby preview

STEVE WALLACE PRE-RACE NOTES: 38TH ANNUAL SNOWBALL DERBY EVENT QUICK FACTS: * DRIVER/TEAM: Steve Wallace / Richie Wauters Racing ...

STEVE WALLACE PRE-RACE NOTES: 38TH ANNUAL SNOWBALL DERBY

EVENT QUICK FACTS:

* DRIVER/TEAM: Steve Wallace / Richie Wauters Racing #66 Super Late Model

* EVENT: 38th Annual Snowball Derby

* DATE: Sunday, December 4, 2005

* VENUE: Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, FL (0.5-mile paved oval)

* TELEVISION: No live event coverage

SCHEDULE:

* Thursday, December 1: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM-- Practice

* Friday, December 2: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM-- Practice; 6:00 PM Qualifying (Top 30 locked into field)

* Saturday, December 3: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM-- Practice; 12:30-1:30--Final Practice; 5:00 PM--Last Chance Race (25 Laps; Top 5 transfer)

* Sunday, December 4: 2:00 PM--38th Annual Snowball Derby (300 Laps)

NOTES:

* Steve Wallace is the defending champion of the Snowball Derby. In its 38-year history, the event has become arguably the most prestigious event in all of short track stock car racing.

* In route to his 2004 victory, Steve Wallace led 127 of 300 laps in scoring a 4.009-second victory over Eddie Mercer. By doing so, Wallace became the youngest champion in event history at 17 years.

* Steve Wallace returns to Pensacola with his 2004 championship team almost fully intact. Members of the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will be pitting the car. The Richie Wauters-led team plans to debut a brand-new car for Sunday's event. Wauters' 2004 victory was his first in 15 starts.

* Steve's family is no stranger to the Snowball Derby. His father, NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, has a well-noted history with the Pensacola event. In nine starts, the elder Wallace scored two runner- up, three top-five and four top-ten finishes. He was also the polesitter for the 1982 event. Steve's uncle Kenny, also made two career Snowball Derby starts.

* 62 cars are tentatively entered for Sunday's event.

* For an updated bio and career stats on Steve Wallace, please visit: www.stevewallaceonline.com.

QUOTES:

STEVE WALLACE, DEFENDING SNOWBALL DERBY CHAMPION:

"I don't have to tell you what the Snowball Derby means to me. Despite moving on and winning an ARCA race with Penske Racing, my Pensacola win is still the highlight of my career. I really like everything about this event. You have the best short track drivers racing some crazy-fast cars on a really worn-out and difficult race track. To win here, you really have to be on top of your game and earn it.

Honestly, I'm still kind of in disbelief as to how we pulled off the win last year. You have some incredible drivers and teams that come to this race; these guys are the best of the best in late models. Luckily, Richie and the team gave me a great race car last year and the cards fell our way. That was then though and this is now. This year's field is going to be really tough. In this business, you're only as good as your last race, but we're ready to show everyone that we're still number one.

Richie and the guys have built a brand-new car just for this race. It's honestly the most beautiful late model I've ever seen. They've worked really hard on this car and I'm excited about driving it. If it runs even half as good as it looks, those other guys better look out."

-rwi-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Eddie Mercer , Steve Wallace
Teams Team Penske