THE LOWDOWN THE STORY: Buoyed by Steve Wallace's pole and 12th place finish at last weekend's Nashville Busch Series event and Chase Austin's second consecutive top-ten finish in the NASCAR Busch East Series, Team HomeLife Communities RWI Racing...
THE STORY: Buoyed by Steve Wallace's pole and 12th place finish at last weekend's Nashville Busch Series event and Chase Austin's second consecutive top-ten finish in the NASCAR Busch East Series, Team HomeLife Communities RWI Racing is riding a wave of momentum heading to what is arguably Wallace's "best" racetrack. Wallace won last May's ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Kentucky from the pole, setting a new track record, leading 63 of 103 laps and dominating a field that included development drivers from teams such as Ganassi, Yates and Brewco. The then-18 year old phenom followed up that performance with a seventh-place start and season-best 11th-place finish in Kentucky's Busch Series event. With its confidence high, the team travels to Kentucky this weekend looking to vault its way into the lead of the Busch Series pole award standings and make Steve Wallace the second driver in as many races, to capture his first-ever Busch Series victory at Kentucky.
THE MACHINE: Steve Wallace heads to Kentucky looking to scorch the competition from behind the wheel of RWI-022. This is the same car which Wallace wheeled last week at Nashville, where he won the pole and ran in the top-five for most of the event. In addition to Nashville, the "22 car" has three other starts thus far in 2007, at Las Vegas, Texas and Charlotte.
THE MAN AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: In his short career at Kentucky, Steve Wallace has literally "scorched" the competition. Following his 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series win, Wallace unleashed a victory burnout, the likes of which have never-before-been seen. The rubber put onto the racetrack by his Dodge Charger actually caught fire, producing enormous flames and making Wallace's win a national story. His burnout was so impressive, in fact, that it was featured in ESPN Sportscenter's "Top-Ten Plays of the Week."
STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES RWI RACING DODGE CHARGER: "Kentucky has been a great track for me in the few races that I've raced there. It's really wide and really fast, so it makes for some great racing. We won the ARCA race there last year and then came back with a great run in the Busch race there as well; I really thought that we were going to end up with a top-ten there for awhile until the car got really tight on us right there at the end of the race. We're running the same car that we used to win the pole last week at Nashville, so we know that we're bringing a pretty good piece. If we can just keep from making mistakes and beating ourselves, I really think that we can come out of Kentucky with a top-ten or even a win."