Wallace Set To Burn The Competition in Michigan -- NASCAR Champion Looking to Add to His Famed Motorsports Resume-- BROOKLYN, MI (August 17, 2004)--Former NASCAR Premier Series Champion, Rusty Wallace, will look to add to his racing legend...
Wallace Set To Burn The Competition in Michigan
-- NASCAR Champion Looking to Add to His Famed Motorsports Resume--
BROOKLYN, MI (August 17, 2004)--Former NASCAR Premier Series Champion, Rusty Wallace, will look to add to his racing legend this weekend as he takes the wheel of the #66 Duraflame Dodge for Saturday's Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway. The race will mark Wallace's first Busch Series start since October 19, 1997 at California Speedway. This weekend's events signify the first time since October 7-8, 1989, at Lowe's Motor Speedway, that Wallace has competed in Premier Series and Busch Series races in the same weekend.
Said Wallace, "We've got one heck of a hot rod for this weekend, that's for sure. It's painted up black and gold, sort of a reverse of the normal Duraflame paint scheme. It'll really remind people of the old Miller Genuine Draft car and of all of the black and gold #66 short track cars I used to run. We tested Michigan a few weeks ago and I have to say that Blake Bainbridge and all of his guys are really on top of their game. We had a great test. We're well tested, well prepared and I really think we have a great shot at lighting up the competition this weekend."
Wallace's attempt at the Cabela's 250 is part of the newly announced driver lineup at RWI Racing, in which Jamie McMurray and Wallace will split the driving duties. Wallace is scheduled to compete in the Michigan and Phoenix rounds, with McMurray driving the remainder of the team's 2004 races.
"This is the first time that I'll have driven my own Busch car this year, and I have to say that I'm really excited about it. Our test at Michigan really reaffirmed to me that we have a great group of guys working at RWI Racing. Blake and his guys were really good to work with; I have to say that maybe I even learned a few things that could help us with the Cup car. This weekend's Busch race won't be easy, that's for sure. There are a lot of good teams in that series and a lot of Cup drivers entered in the race, but I really think that we've got the team and equipment to win. I know we'll at least put on a great show for Duraflame and all of our great fans out there," noted Wallace.
Friday's 1:00 PM ET single round of qualifying will award all 43 starting positions for Saturday's 125 lap, 250 mile race and will be shown live on Speed Channel at 1:00 PM ET. Friday's on-track activity also includes "Happy Hour," the final practice before Saturday's race. Saturday's Cabela's 250 has an 1:00 PM ET starting time and will be broadcast live on TNT at 1:00 PM ET and on MRN Radio, with radio coverage beginning at 12:45 ET.