What Can We Expect From Rusty Wallace Racing in 2013?By Ryan O`Hara
Rusty Wallace Racing will return in a limited schedule in 2013, but what can we expect from this race team? Steve Wallace will be behind the wheel of the No.66 car beginning at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team will announce later what other races they will be running and Rusty Wallace hopes that the team will be able to run at least 10-15 races in 2013.
What does this mean for Steve Wallace’s career though? Wallace ran just one race last season in a car that he and his friend fielded themselves, but Wallace had a decent finish in 11th. I think it would be a good idea for Wallace to move away from his father’s race team, but who would pick up Wallace in this economy? I think he could potentially have a better future with another team on those circumstances.
In their most recent year, Michael Annett and Wallace finished ninth and tenth in the final points standings. Annett moved on to Richard Petty Motorsports and enjoyed his most productive season in his career. The team just isn’t stable enough in my opinion to really be effective. But Steven Wallace is in a really delicate position. No one contacted Wallace for work last season, which just emphasized how hard this economy has been on NASCAR drivers and owners. As you know, Rusty Wallace temporarily shut the team due to lack of sponsorship.
Steven is still young and still has a chance to move up to the Sprint Cup level, but his time is running out.
Rusty Wallace Racing has fielded cars on the Nationwide tour since 1985, winning four times, the most recent with Jamie McMurray in 2004.