Bristol: Rusty Wallace Racing preview

Defending Food City 300 pole-winner, Steve Wallace heads to Bristol this weekend confident in his chances to add to his family's legend at Thunder Valley. Wallace's father and team owner, Rusty Wallace, is one of the winningest drivers in Sprint...

Defending Food City 300 pole-winner, Steve Wallace heads to Bristol this weekend confident in his chances to add to his family's legend at Thunder Valley. Wallace's father and team owner, Rusty Wallace, is one of the winningest drivers in Sprint Cup Series history at Bristol, with nine wins, 22 top-five finishes and over 3,700 laps led during his legendary career...Steve began to add to that legend last year, by becoming the youngest pole-winner in Bristol's 51-race Nationwide Series history, at 19 years, seven months and six days. His pole win marked the first of his Nationwide Series career...Steve Wallace's starting average of 3.0 at Bristol is the best of any driver entered in Saturday's event (among drivers with more than one career Bristol start). Wallace has started from the top-five in each of his three career Bristol events...Team 64 driver, David Stremme, has shown strength at Thunder Valley as well, spending 81.6% of the laps among the top-15 in last fall's Bristol event. Stremme finished among the top-15 in both Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol last year. •

Steve Wallace's weapon of choice this weekend is RWI-033, while David Stremme will ride into battle upon RWI-034. Both cars are former DEI machines acquired by the team in the offseason, in an effort to assist in its manufacturer change to Chevrolet. Neither car has any prior history with RWR. •

Rusty Wallace-owned Nationwide Series teams have traditionally experienced success at Bristol, with one pole, four top-five starts, eight top-ten starts and six top-ten finishes in 12 races dating back to the late 1980's with driver Kenny Wallace...Additionally, Steve Wallace claimed victory in the 2004 Food City 150, the inaugural late model stock car race at Bristol (sanctioned by the UARA-STARS series), while piloting a Rusty Wallace-owned vehicle...In last fall's Nationwide Series event at Bristol, Steve Wallace started fifth and seemed poised for his first career top-ten in the series, until a controversial pit call forced Wallace to attempt approximately the final half of the race without a pit stop. The ill-handling condition caused by this strategy ultimately saw Wallace get hit from behind by Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and eliminated from competition. Steve was among the top-15 for 165 of 205 laps before his accident...Rusty Wallace's driving career at Bristol is both extraordinary and well-known; see page two for a statistical breakdown of his Bristol career.

STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO. 66 JIMMY JOHN'S GOURMET SANDWICHES CHEVROLET: "It's Bristol. What more do I need to say? If you can't get excited about that, then you don't need to be a race car driver. If you ask me what my favorite track is, it'll take me no time at all to tell you that it's Bristol. We've had a lot of good cars there before, but just haven't been able to close the deal in the Nationwide Series. This year though, I really feel like things are different. The team I have behind me this year is the strongest I've had so far and is definitely one that can contend for wins and poles. That's exactly what I'm planning on doing this weekend. While everyone knows that we can go fast in qualifying, I feel like we've got what it takes to contend for the win on Saturday. I've had this race circled on my calendar since the last race at Bristol; I'm ready."

DAVID STREMME, DRIVER, NO. 64 ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES CHEVROLET: "For me, Bristol is a lot of fun. It's a real "racer's racetrack" and is a place where everyone really wants to win, even more so than almost anywhere else. There's no reason that this team can't do just that on Saturday. Our team is starting to come together and communicate better and better each and every week. We had a top-five a few weeks ago at Las Vegas, but that's not why we go to the track. We go to the racetrack each and every week to win races and Bristol would be a great place to do exactly that. When you combine the improvement that this team has shown with their past success and Rusty's driving career at Bristol, I think we've got a solid shot at having a great run this weekend."

-credit: rwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rusty Wallace , Kenny Wallace , David Stremme , Steve Wallace