Danica Patrick may be capturing all the attention, but she's not the only driver looking to make headlines in Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300. Chrissy Wallace is another female driver hoping to make her Nationwide Series debut this weekend.
Unlike Patrick, who is guaranteed a spot in Saturday's race, Wallace must get in on time. If she makes it in, her and her father -- series veteran Mike Wallace -- will make Nationwide Series history by becoming the first father/daughter duo to compete against each other in Nationwide Series competition.
The Daytona Nationwide race could actually serve as a centerpiece of sorts for a Wallace family reunion. Aside from Mike and Chrissy, the field will also contain Mike's brother and Chrissy's uncle Kenny Wallace and Mike's nephew and Chrissy's cousin Steve Wallace, who will be piloting a car owned by his father, Mike and Kenny's brother, and Chrissy's uncle Rusty Wallace.
Of course, making it into the DRIVE4COPD 300 field is the first hurdle, but if Chrissy Wallace does get in, competition is going to be tough for her and her fellow-female driver, Patrick.
There are 14 double-duty drivers expected to compete on Saturday, including past Daytona Nationwide race winners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. In all, six former Nationwide Series Daytona race winners, four of whom have won the February race, are expected to be on the starting grid come Saturday afternoon. In addition, eight former series champions, including reigning champ Kyle Busch, will be in Saturday's race.
On the flip side, there are several drivers with little to no Nationwide Series experience at Daytona. There are five drivers slated to compete for Rookie of the Year honors, and all but one of them has never raced a Nationwide car at Daytona.
Television coverage for Saturday's race is scheduled for a noon ET start on ESPN2
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