STEPHEN WALLACE SET FOR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT --Youngest Son of NASCAR Champion Making Steps Towards Big Leagues-- MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 18, 2005) -- The youngest member of one of NASCAR's most prestigious families will...
STEPHEN WALLACE SET FOR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT
--Youngest Son of NASCAR Champion Making Steps Towards Big Leagues--
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 18, 2005) -- The youngest member of one of NASCAR's most prestigious families will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut this weekend at the Memphis Motorsports Park. Eighteen-year old Stephen Wallace, son of 1989 Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace, will compete in his father's No. 64 Top Flite Dodge this Saturday in Memphis.
The youngest Wallace has spent most of the 2005 racing season driving in the Hooters Pro Cup and ARCA RE/MAX Series. In only his third ARCA start, the up and coming racing superstar won at Michigan International Speedway, becoming the youngest professional event winner in MIS history at the ripe age of 18 years and one day.
Wallace's 2004 schedule included a run in the 37th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. The North Carolina native came home with a victory, making him the youngest champion in the event's history at 17 years of age. His father, Rusty competed in the prestigious event nine times, but never won. His best finish was second, in 1979 and 1985.
Said the elder Wallace, "Stephen has really impressed me this year. He won the ARCA race at Michigan in only his third start; I'm really looking forward to putting him in a Busch car. We went to Memphis last week and tested there for two days, and Stephen got in the car and ran a faster time than I did. I think Memphis will be a good opportunity for Stephen to show his ability on the track, as well as gain respect and experience."
"I'm really excited about running a Busch car for the first time this weekend in Memphis. It's the next step in my racing career; I ultimately want to be a Cup driver and the Busch Series is the next step towards getting there. I'm looking forward to making some laps, gaining some experience and earning the respect of the other competitors. The Busch Series is very competitive. The teams in this series are really tough, but hopefully we can come out of here with a good showing for Top Flite," noted Stephen.
RWI Racing, Inc. is competing in its first full-year on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule in 2005. After competing in only 17 races during the 2004 season, the team won its first victory at Darlington Raceway with current NEXTEL Cup Series driver, Jamie McMurray. By the end of the 2004 season, the team had posted one win, three top-five's and six top-ten finishes. In 2005 the team has had a series of NEXTEL Cup Series stars behind the wheel of the No. 64 Dodge including, Jeremy Mayfield, Jamie McMurray, Bill Elliott and car owner, Rusty Wallace.