Third time a charm for Wallace brothers at hometown track DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2005) -- The three racing Wallace brothers -- Rusty, Mike and Kenny -- have logged thousands of hours and thousands of miles during their NASCAR ...
Third time a charm for Wallace brothers at hometown track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2005) -- The three racing Wallace brothers -- Rusty, Mike and Kenny -- have logged thousands of hours and thousands of miles during their NASCAR careers.
However, perhaps no event carries the familial significance of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway.
The Wallace Family Tribute 250 -- named to honor the "first family of racing" in the area -- affords the brothers one last opportunity to compete against each other in the NASCAR Busch Series. The stage is set near their hometown of St. Louis, also the home base of the series' title sponsor, Anheuser-Busch.
Beginning with Rusty's (No. 64 Miller High Life Dodge) first career NASCAR Busch Series race in February 1985 at Daytona (he finished fourth), through Kenny's (No. 22 Whelen Engineering Ford) third-place finish at Pikes Peak last Saturday, the siblings -- along with brother Mike (No. 6 Ragu Dodge) -- have competed in a combined 600 series events.
But in those 600 races, the brothers had competed in the same event only twice.
The 2005 season is Rusty's final one as a driver. The 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion plans to retire at the end of the year. He hopes to concentrate on his own NASCAR Busch Series team -- Rusty Wallace Inc. -- and work with his son, Stephen, to develop his racing career.
"I've had a great career," Rusty said. "I really, really enjoyed it. I'm continuing to enjoy this year, putting [everything] into it. Next year's just going to be the beginning of a new chapter of my life. Following Stephen around, supporting him, getting him going, paying attention to car dealerships and all that."
Kenny is enjoying one of his best seasons in the NASCAR Busch Series. He comes to Gateway fifth in the points standings, just 18 points behind fourth-place Carl Edwards (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford). He also has momentum with top-five finishes in his last two races, and relishes the opportunity to capture his first win since 2001 at home.
"I've got everything going good for me," he said. "We've got 10 top 10s, five of them are in the top five. I'm riding high right now. Since [the days of] Wallace Racing, when I won a lot of races, I'm in the best position I've been in my career. I've got a great race team right now. I'm looking to do better than I ever have."
Mike summed up the brothers' feelings about the upcoming race: "To come full circle with [Rusty and] Kenny," he said, "to have a national race in our name -- our family's name -- in the city that we grew up in, [I'm] really honored and happy about the way the whole thing has come down."