BUSCH: Fontana: Steve Wallace preview

News and Notes: * Welcome to the Team: RWI Racing, LLC is pleased to welcome Boss Hogg BBQ Products as an associate sponsor of the ...

News and Notes:

* Welcome to the Team: RWI Racing, LLC is pleased to welcome Boss Hogg BBQ Products as an associate sponsor of the #66 Dodge Charger

* Loop Data, 2006 Event: According to NASCAR's new loop data, in the spring 2006 event at California, RWI Racing's Dodge, piloted by Jamie McMurray, was ranked in the top five drivers in the following categories: average running position, driver rating, fastest drivers by turn (turns 1,2,3 and 4), fastest drivers early in run, fastest drivers on restarts and speed in traffic.

* Sister Act: This weekend's event will mark Steve Wallace's first start at California Speedway. However, he has previously experienced success at California's "sister" venue, the 2.0-mile Michigan International Speedway. It was there that he earned his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in late 2005. Piloting Roger Penske's #27 Kodak Dodge, Wallace became the youngest professional event winner in MIS history. The race was Wallace's first at a venue larger than one mile.

* Rookies Gone Wild: Should Steve Wallace lead a lap in Saturday's race, it would not be the first time that a RWI Racing driver led in his first event at California. Billy Parker led five laps in the 2004 Stater Brothers 300, including the race's halfway lap.

* Like Father, Like Son: Steve's father, RWI Racing team owner Rusty Wallace, has had success at California Speedway, the venue originally built by the elder Wallace's longtime team owner, Roger Penske. Wheeling Penske's famous #2 Miller Lite Dodge, Rusty Wallace held off Jeff Gordon in the spring 2001 event at California, to earn the 54th of his 55 career NASCAR Premier Series wins.


Driver, Steve Wallace: "This weekend should be a really good one for us; our team has had a lot of success at California in the past. I know that we'll unload there with a really fast race car, because we have a solid baseline set up from the past races at California. Personally, I feel like California is the kind of track that suits my driving style best; it's really wide and really fast, just like Michigan and Kentucky, two of the tracks where I've had a lot of success in the past. It's probably most like Michigan, but supposedly has a lot of its own characteristics as well. I know that it has a lot less banking than Michigan, which will probably make it a little harder to pass there and make the "aero push" come into play a lot more. We've got HomeLife Communities on board for quite a few races this season and I'm excited about our chances at giving them a good run in this weekend's race."

Crew Chief, Bryant Frazier: "Traditionally, the high speed intermediate tracks have been the best for our team, so I'm really looking forward to getting out to California. We finished fifth out there last year with Jamie and had a really good car for most of the day. I'm really impressed with how Steve has progressed as a driver over the past year. He's always been really fast, but now he's starting to learn a lot more about patience and that showed last week at Daytona. He stayed with several of the veteran drivers near the back of the field, in order to avoid the big wrecks that typically happen on super-speedways. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out, but I was really impressed with his maturity. If we wouldn't have let him down a little bit in the pits, I really think that the HomeLife Communities Dodge could've gotten a top-ten finish. I'm really looking forward to making up for that by having a great weekend in California."

-credit: rwi racing

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Drivers Jeff Gordon , Rusty Wallace , Jamie McMurray , Billy Parker , Roger Penske , Steve Wallace