Rusty Wallace, a St. Louis native who will soon be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is planning to field a NASCAR Nationwide Series entry for his son, Steve Wallace, in 10-15 events during the 2013 season. Rusty Wallace Racing closed its doors prior to the 2012 season due to lack of sponsorship that included the departures of marketing partners such as 5-Hour Energy and US Fidelis, a St. Louis area-based auto warranty company that eventually went bankrupt.
“We all learned a lot over the last year or two and we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to show it,” Wallace said in a release.
“Our goal for 2013 is to compete in 10-15 events. We’re looking forward to growing our relationship with the Richard Tocado Companies and are very positive about what the future holds.”
Steve Wallace's last race with his father's race team was the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished 34th after an early accident. He finished 10th in the final points standings that year. In 192 NNS starts, he has 34 top-tens and six top-fives. His highest points finish was seventh in 2009.
Other drivers for Rusty Wallace Racing have included David Reutimann, Michael Annett, David Stremme, former Gateway International Raceway winners Brendan Gaughan and Reed Sorenson, and former Daytona 500 winner Jamie MacMurray. MacMurray, a native of Joplin, Mo., got his start in NASCAR with St. Louis-based NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team MB Motorsports and is the only driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race for RWR.
The first scheduled race for Steve Wallace in the No. 66 RWR stock car is at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The elder Wallace, now a NASCAR analyst for ESPN, won the 1989 Cup Series title and finished his career with 55 race wins and will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Feb. 8.