BUSCH: Charlotte: Steve Wallace preview

THE LOWDOWN THE STORY: Steve Wallace and Team HomeLife stay close to home this week, as they seek to tame the fast and tricky high banks of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Armed with a new spotter in...


THE STORY: Steve Wallace and Team HomeLife stay close to home this week, as they seek to tame the fast and tricky high banks of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Armed with a new spotter in his uncle, NEXTEL Cup driver and TV analyst Kenny Wallace, as well as one of his favorite cars, Steve seeks to continue the speed which RWI Racing cars showed at Lowe's last year and capitalize with a solid finish in this weekend's event.

THE MACHINE: Steve Wallace will seek to begin his reign over the Queen City while upon the throne of chassis RWI-022. The "22 car" has been one of RWI's best performing vehicles thus far in 2007. Its first 2007 start came at Las Vegas, where Steve Wallace started 12th, battled a bevy of tire issues, track problems, and a speeding penalty, to finish 17th. Its second and final event of 2007 thus far came at Texas, where Wallace started 17th and ran as high as seventh before an accident ended his day early.

THE MAN AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY: For the second week in a row, Steve Wallace will make his debut at the weekend's race venue. He and the RWI team participated in the open test at Lowe's earlier this month; his laps in that test were the young wheelman's first at the Lowe's facility. The No.66's speed at tracks similar to Lowe's, such as Atlanta, Las Vegas and Texas however, have the team feeling confident about this weekend's event.


A NEW SET OF EYES: Officials of RWI Racing announced recently that former Busch Series winner and popular TV analyst Kenny Wallace, will serve as the team's chief spotter and driver coach to his nephew Steve Wallace, for the remaining 2007 Busch Series events that serve as companion races to the NEXTEL Cup Series. The elder Wallace drives the No.78 Furniture Row machine in the NEXTEL Cup Series and also hosts a popular pre-race cable television program broadcast from those events. Noted Kenny, "Steve is incredibly fast; there's no doubt in my mind that he's going to be one of the best out there. We're a lot alike and we really get along. I totally think that having another racer on the radio with Steve is going to help him a ton and I'm excited about the chance to help him earn his first Busch Series win."

LAST YEAR AT LOWE'S: Although the finishes may not show it, RWI Racing's cars have been among the fastest in the two previous events at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In the Spring 2006 event, former RWI driver Jamie McMurray was extremely fast in practice and qualified his No.64 Dodge on the outside pole for the race. He took the lead early before a cut tire forced him into the wall and ended the team's day. In the Fall event, McMurray ran among the leaders all throughout the day and seemed poised to challenge for the victory late in the event. Unfortunately, an accident with just 18 laps remaining put the RWI team out of contention.

THE FIRST TIME: This weekend, the RWI squad hopes to put a first time Busch Series winner in Lowe's Motor Speedway's Victory Lane for the second consecutive event at the speedway. Veteran Dave Blaney posted his first career Busch Series victory in the previous (Fall 2006) Busch Series event at Lowe's.

STEVE IN THE OFF WEEKEND: In the off-weekend, Steve Wallace had some time to complete projects around his new home, as well as spend time with his family. The 19 year-old driver, with help from his brother Greg and RWI team member Kevin Reed, took the opportunity to re-landscape his backyard. Additionally, he attended university graduation exercises for his older sister at nationally-renowned Wake Forest University.

STEVE WALLACE LIVE: Steve will appear for autographs on race day, this Saturday, at the Rusty Wallace & Company / ESPN merchandise trailer, located on the grounds of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Look for him to appear from 1:30 PM until approximately 2:15 PM.


STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES RWI RACING DODGE CHARGER: "It was nice to have the week off, but I'm ready to get back after it. We've got a lot of exciting stuff going on around this weekend and I'm looking forward to getting on track Thursday. My uncle Kenny is going to be my spotter starting this weekend and I'm really excited about the chance to work with him. It'll be cool to have his perspective on things; as a driver, I think you probably look at what's happening on the race track a little bit differently than other people. We're bringing one of my favorite cars to Charlotte; it's the one I ran at Vegas and Texas earlier this year, so it should be a good one for us. Our team has had some good cars at Charlotte in the past, but just haven't been able to close the deal. I'm looking forward to doing that this weekend and giving HomeLife Communities a great run in one of their biggest markets.

-credit: rwi

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Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kenny Wallace , Dave Blaney , Steve Wallace