PHOENIX MAY JUST BE THE FIRST PHOENIX, Ariz.--Phoenix International Raceway is the sight of a major first for the Wallace family. The Wallace brothers, Rusty, Mike and Kenny, were the first family to compete in a single race at ...
PHOENIX MAY JUST BE THE FIRST
PHOENIX, Ariz.--Phoenix International Raceway is the sight of a major first for the Wallace family. The Wallace brothers, Rusty, Mike and Kenny, were the first family to compete in a single race at Phoenix International Raceway, the Slick 50 500 NASCAR Winston Cup event in October of 1992. It was also Mike Wallace's first career NASCAR Winston Cup start, driving the No. 52 Alka-Seltzer Pontiac for Jimmy Means. It was the first time in the modern era of racing that three brothers competed in the same NASCAR Winston Cup event.
"That was an awesome day," said Wallace. "It was my very first NASCAR Winston Cup start and I was definitely more than a little nervous and excited. My dad, Russ, was very proud of his family and I think just as excited as the rest of us. I have a lot of great memories but the deal at Phoenix is one I will remember for a long time. In fact, they did a trading card of me and my brothers from that race.
"I always like racing in Phoenix because it brings back some great memories and it would be the place to make more."
In 1997 Wallace returned to Phoenix carrying No. 52, but this time it was in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck owned by Ken Schrader. Wallace took over the seat of the No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet mid way through the 1997 season. He finished the GM Goodwrench/AC Delco Battery 300 at Phoenix International Raceway in sixth position adding a sixth top-10 finish to his record for the year.
Wallace is still searching for a trip to victory lane in 1998, and Wallace is looking to Phoenix International Raceway to be the sight of his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win.
"Phoenix has been good to me and I feel like I get around the track really well," said Wallace. "I've logged a lot of laps there in both a Cup car and a truck so I think my chances for a win in Phoenix are pretty good."