STEVE WALLACE EARNS FIRST CAREER BUSCH SERIES POLE --19 Year-Old Racing Phenom Bests Field Including 20 Nextel Cup Drivers at Bristol-- BRISTOL, TN (March 24, 2007)--19 year-old Steve Wallace continued his rapid rise to racing stardom today,...
STEVE WALLACE EARNS FIRST CAREER BUSCH SERIES POLE
--19 Year-Old Racing Phenom Bests Field Including 20 Nextel Cup Drivers at Bristol--
BRISTOL, TN (March 24, 2007)--19 year-old Steve Wallace continued his rapid rise to racing stardom today, as the youngest son of nine-time Bristol champion Rusty Wallace blistered a field that included 20 Nextel Cup drivers to earn his first career Busch Series pole at the track which his father once dominated. The younger Wallace toured the 0.533-mile Bristol bullring in 15.303 seconds (125.387 MPH), to earn the pole position for today's running of the Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His first career pole position came in what was only his 24th career NASCAR Busch Series qualifying attempt.
Wallace's No. 66 HomeLife Communities RWI Racing Dodge Charger was the 35th of 43 cars to make a qualifying attempt and earned the pole with the first of his two laps. Ironically, in earning his first career pole, the younger Wallace knocked his father's former Penske Racing teammate, Ryan Newman, from the top spot. Newman, who was the first of the 43 cars to qualify, was on the pole through the first 34 qualifiers with a lap of 15.348 seconds (125.020 MPH). Unfortunately for Newman, his lap was not fast enough to hold off the hard-charging Wallace.
Noted Steve Wallace, "I'm really proud of my guys today. They did a great job in getting the car working for me in practice. Our HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger really turned well today and I'm ready to go get them in the race. We're going to have a great starting spot and a great pit selection, so as long as we can stay out of trouble and be there at the end, our HomeLife Communities team should have a great run today."
Today's Sharpie Mini 300 has a scheduled start time of 3:00 PM eastern.