Richmond: Rusty Wallace Racing preview

RUSTY WALLACE RACING AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: * THE TEAM: In 17 starts at Richmond, Rusty Wallace-owned cars have scored five top-five and nine top-ten finishes, with a best finish of 2nd, by Kenny Wallace, in the 1992 ...


* THE TEAM: In 17 starts at Richmond, Rusty Wallace-owned cars have scored five top-five and nine top-ten finishes, with a best finish of 2nd, by Kenny Wallace, in the 1992 edition of this weekend's race...RWR's most recent top-five finish came with Steve Wallace's effort (5th) in last year's running of this event...Its most recent top-ten at Richmond came with David Stremme in the most recent race there (9th)...The team has top-ten finishes in three of its last four starts at RIR...RWR cars have finished among the lead lap in their last five Richmond starts and in seven of their last eight, dating back to Steve Wallace's Richmond debut in the 2006 edition of this race...Team owner Rusty Wallace is one of the most celebrated drivers in the history of the Richmond track, with six wins, 22 top-fives, 30 top-tens, 3,024 laps led and two poles in his Cup Series career at Richmond.

* NO. 62--BRENDAN GAUGHAN: The majority of Gaughan's experience at Richmond came in the NASCAR Truck Series, in which he made three starts at the .75-mile Virginia bullring...He scored one top-ten finish in those three starts...Gaughan completed 600 of 601 possible laps in his Truck Series career at RIR.

* NO. 66--STEVE WALLACE: Steve Wallace heads to Richmond this weekend with what the team considers to be one of their best chances of the year to score a top-five in, or even win, a Cup-companion event...Wallace's newly-found love affair with the Virginia track began in last year's edition of this event, in which he ran as high as third late in the going and ended up scoring his first career top-five...That event ended with some well-noted post race festivities between Wallace and Kyle Busch...In the fall event, Wallace was poised for a second-straight top-five at Richmond, spending 221 of 234 laps among the top-15, before being spun by the lapped car of Austin Dillon with 16 laps to go...Wallace has finished on the lead lap in four of his five Richmond starts, including the last three straight.


* TEAM 62 PRIMARY: RWR-032--The "32 car" had five 2008 starts with David Stremme behind the wheel, including a top-ten finish in last year's edition of the spring Richmond event. It scored three top-ten finishes overall in those five starts, at Phoenix I, Richmond I and Gateway.

* TEAM 62 SECONDARY: RWR-037--Car 37 has one start to its credit, a seventh-place effort by Gaughan several weeks ago at Phoenix.

* TEAM 66 PRIMARY: RWR-036--The "36 car" was driven by David Stremme in four 2008 races, scoring top-ten finishes in half of them. It finished ninth in the most recent race in Richmond and sat on the outside pole at Memphis, en route to a top-ten finish.

* TEAM 66 SECONDARY: RWR-018--Chassis 18 made its most recent start from a backup role earlier this year at Phoenix, in which Steve Wallace piloted it to a 12th-place finish, following a 41st place start. The "18 car" made the last of its four 2008 starts at Phoenix in the fall. It was the "18 car" which Wallace piloted to his first career pole at Bristol in the spring of 2007.

BRENDAN GAUGHAN (DRIVER, NO. 62 5-HOUR ENERGY EXTRA STRENGTH CHEVROLET): "I can't say that Richmond is a track that I've ever really liked to drive, but despite that, I've always managed to survive there with a top-ten or top-15 and not lose too many points. With that said, I realize who my owner and teammate are, so I guess I better start liking Richmond in a hurry. Hopefully their love of the place might rub off on me a little bit. I know that Bryan Berry and the guys will put a good car under me--the car we're running this weekend finished sixth in this race last year--so hopefully we can repeat that run this time around too."

STEVE WALLACE (DRIVER, NO. 66 USFIDELIS CHEVROLET): "I love going to Richmond, but I've got to be honest with you, it hasn't been that way for long. Heading into the fall race at Richmond two years ago, I couldn't stand the place; I would have rather gone and driven a school bus or something. But then, we ended up getting a lap down pretty early, so I really started paying a lot of attention to how some of the veteran Cup guys drove the track. About halfway through the race, it was like a light bulb came on and I realized some of the mistakes I was making. We ended up getting our lap back that night and when we came back here last year, it was like a different race track for me. This race was one that we could have potentially won last year if the circumstances were just a little bit different. I got my first top-five in this race last year, so hopefully we can improve on that just a little bit this year."

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Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kenny Wallace , David Stremme , Steve Wallace , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch