CHASE AUSTIN AND RUSTY WALLACE RACING MAKE HISTORY IN MEMPHIS 18 YEAR-OLD WHEELMAN TO BE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO MAKE BUSCH SERIES OVAL START MILLINGTON, TN (October 27, 2007)--Wheeling Rusty Wallace Racing's No. 64 Atreus Homes and ...
CHASE AUSTIN AND RUSTY WALLACE RACING MAKE HISTORY IN MEMPHIS
18 YEAR-OLD WHEELMAN TO BE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO MAKE BUSCH SERIES OVAL START
MILLINGTON, TN (October 27, 2007)--Wheeling Rusty Wallace Racing's No. 64 Atreus Homes and Communities Dodge Charger, 18 year-old Chase Austin will make racing history in this afternoon's Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. When he takes the green flag, Austin will become the first African-American driver to make an oval track start in the NASCAR Busch Series and the second African-American driver to make a Busch Series start overall.
Austin and his No. 64 Rusty Wallace Racing team overcame great adversity in earning the 43rd and final, starting spot for today's event. The team drew the first qualifying position for this morning's qualifying session, putting them at a severe disadvantage due to the cold morning temperatures. Despite that, the team overcame the adversity, putting in a lap of 23.607 seconds (114.373 MPH). That lap was the 37th fastest of the day and was good enough to put them both on the starting grid and into the history books.
Noted Austin, "Like any rookie, I'm really excited to be able to make my first Busch Series start. My guys gave me a great car in race trim during yesterday's practice, but we struggled to get it to go in qualifying trim. We went out first, so we weren't sure how the track was going to be. There just wasn't a whole lot of grip out there. After being the first car out, I was pretty nervous watching all of the other cars run. Now that we're in the show though, I feel like we'll have a good car. We've just got to do our best to stay out trouble and run all of the laps. Our goal for today is to learn as much as we can to get ready for next year, so if we can manage to do that and finish the race, we'll consider our day to be a success."