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NASCAR: Rusty Wallace to be inducted into Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame

NASCAR: Rusty Wallace to be honored with Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame
NASCAR: Rusty Wallace to be honored with Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame
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Former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace is to be honored with induction into the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame on Friday, August 8. The announcement was made via press release from the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen, N.Y.; the organization sponsors the distinction.

Rusty Wallace to be honored on Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame
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According to the IMRRC, Wallace will be in attendance at the unveiling of his marker in the sidewalk of the village of Watkins Glen on Friday, August 8 at 4:30 p.m. The location of his marker will be in front of Unique Country Boutique at 212 N. Franklin Street.

The event is, of course, open to the public. Parking is available in the Third Street Parking Lot, behind Unique Country Boutique.

Wallace's racing career included 55 NASCAR championship event victories; the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup championship; the 1991 IROC Championship; and the 1983 American Speed Association Championship. Wallace retired in 2005.

The Walk of Fame at the Glen is just one of the honors this driver will have received over the last year or so. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in February 2013. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Wallace is a member of the IMRRC's Drivers Council. In August 2010, the Center was given the Penske Racing “Rusty’s Last Call” Dodge Charger, painted and decaled to celebrate Wallace’s final year in competition. The car will be on display at the induction ceremony downtown on Friday.

The Drivers Walk of Fame, located in the sidewalks of Watkins Glen, honors the men and women who have competed in Watkins Glen events since the first race in 1948. Walk of Fame entrants are sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

More than 100 markers have been placed since 1993, when Cameron R. Argetsinger, racing founder, was the first Walk of Fame entrant. His marker is at the original start-finish line in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse.

The International Motor Racing Research Center is a non-profit archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.