Steve Wallace (racing driver)

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Steve Wallace
Steve Wallace.jpg
Born (1987-08-18) August 18, 1987 (age 27)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements 2004 Snowball Derby Winner
Awards 2004 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 57th (2011)
First race 2011 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
193 races run over 9 years
2013 position 73rd
Best finish 7th (2009)
First race 2005 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2013 History 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 34 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
7 races run over 2 years
2013 position 96th
Best finish 52nd (2010)
First race 2010 E-Z-GO 200 (Atlanta)
Last race 2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2013.

Stephen William "Steve" Wallace (born August 18, 1987)[1][2] is an American stock car racing driver. A part-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he is the son of 1989 Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace, the nephew of NASCAR drivers Kenny and Mike Wallace, and cousin of Chrissy Wallace.

Racing career[edit]

Early racing[edit]

Between 1998 and 2002, Wallace raced in INEX Bandoleros. He captured multiple series championships. Steve raced in Legends cars and late model racecars near his hometown of Mooresville, North Carolina. He won both the Summer Shootout (twice) and Winter Shootout (once) at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He also won multiple championships at Concord Motor Speedway. In December 2004, at the age of 17, he won one of the biggest short track races in the country, the Snowball Derby, in Pensacola, Florida, a race Rusty and Kenny both entered, but failed to win in their careers. Steve was also the 2004 UARA Rookie of The Year. He won the first ever late model race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In 2005, he ran nearly the entire season in USAR Hooters Pro Cup competition. He finished with 3 Top 10 finishes and qualified for the post-season championship series. A day after Steve turned 18, he became the youngest winner at a Michigan International Speedway event in an ARCA race while driving a Penske Racing Dodge sponsored by Kodak. He raced in ARCA with several other teams that season. He also finished 15th in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park (after starting 11th). Wallace became part of the Dodge factory driver development program.

Nationwide Series[edit]

Wallace's #66 Nationwide car in 2009

Wallace raced 17 races in the Top-Flite #64 Dodge Nationwide Series car in 2006 (sharing with Jamie McMurray), as well as six ARCA series races in a Penske Racing car. Wallace won ARCA races at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, and had a best finish of 11th in the Busch Series.

For the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season he would race full-time. He won his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Steve Wallace won his second pole on June 9, 2007 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. Before the conclusion of the 2007 Nationwide Series Season, it was announced that Wallace would be switching from Dodge to Chevy for the 2008 Season.

His first career top five came at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2008.

At the beginning of the 2012 season, he was without a car because of the temporary closure of Rusty Wallace Racing. After missing the first six races, he announced that he would make his first start of the season at Richmond International Speedway during the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.[3]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Wallace made his Cup Series debut in the 2011 Daytona 500. Penske Racing transferred the owner points of his #77, whose 30th place finish in 2010 guaranteed Wallace a start. He drove the #77 Toyota, sponsored by 5-hour Energy, to a 20th-place finish.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

On July 10, 2013, it was announced that Wallace will run with Adrian Carriers Racing for four races starting with the American Ethanol 200.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Wallace is the youngest son of ESPN announcer and former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace. He has been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.[5][6]

Images[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rustywallace.com/
  2. ^ Steve Wallace Career Statistics. racing-reference.info
  3. ^ "Wallace to make first start of 2012 at Richmond". NASCAR. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ NASCAR (July 10, 2013). "Adrian Carriers Racing inks deal with Wallace". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Q&A: Kenny Wallace/Steve Wallace. NASCAR press release July 26, 2006. Retrieved on December 17, 2006.
  6. ^ Wallace family business breeds tension. Associated Press, Sporting News (January 28, 2007). Retrieved on February 10, 2011.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Charlie Bradberry
Snowball Derby Winner
2004
Succeeded by
Eddie Mercer