BUSCH: Mike Wallace to Andretti's Ride at Bristol

Wallace to Pilot Andretti's NASCAR Busch Series Car By Shawn A. Akers Mike Wallace, a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, has been chosen to drive John Andretti's No. 96 Big A Auto Parts Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch...

Wallace to Pilot Andretti's NASCAR Busch Series Car By Shawn A. Akers Mike Wallace, a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, has been chosen to drive John Andretti's No. 96 Big A Auto Parts Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division for this weekend's Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway and two other races in the coming months.

Wallace said Wednesday in addition to the race at Bristol, he will also participate in the Galaxy Foods 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 11 and the CoreStates 200 at Nazareth Speedway on May 17. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has off-weekends on all three occasions.

"I'm happy to have the opportunity to run for them," said Wallace, driver of Ken Schrader's No. 52 PureOne Chevrolet truck. "I just like to race. I don't know how good the car is or how the team is, but I'm confident I can bring something to the team, and that's driving ability. I'm excited about going there (Bristol) and driving the car for them."

Wallace has three career NASCAR Busch Series victories to his credit.

Wallace practiced the No. 96 Big A Auto Parts Chevrolet for five laps during preparation for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway last weekend. Mike Stefanik, the car's regular driver, however, attempted to qualify the car for the event and did not make the field.

"They were struggling to find something at Darlington, and they wanted me to get in the car and take some laps," Wallace said. "They're looking, I think, for something to turn their year around a little, and I was available to do drive so I was happy to do it. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

Wallace said he didn't know what the situation surrounding Stefanik was and when and if he would get back in the car. Team officials were unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Wallace is anxious to get into the No. 96 Chevrolet this weekend at Bristol.

"I really enjoy racing at Bristol, and I parallel that track to a track I raced on back home, I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri," Wallace said. "You've got to drive it hard and be aggressive. You've got to get in the corners as hard as you can. It's like the old adage at Bristol is, it's like 'flying a fighter plane in a gymnasium.' I can't wait to get racing there."

Wallace's next race in Schrader's PureOne Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be next weekend's Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla. Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Andretti , Ken Schrader , Mike Wallace