Mike Wallace (NASCAR)


Mike Wallace (NASCAR)

Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Mike Wallace


Birthdate = birth date and age|1959|3|10| Birthplace = Fenton, Missouri
Years_In_Cup = 16
Total_Cup_Races = 185
Best_Cup_Pos = 33rd - 1994, (Winston Cup)
Cup_Top_Tens = 14
First_Cup_Race = 1991 Pyroil 500 (Phoenix)
Years_In_NBS = 18
Total_NBS_Races = 272
Busch_Car_Team = #7 - Germain Racing
Prev_Busch_Year = 2007
Prev_Busch_Pos = 11th
Best_Busch_Pos = 11th - 2007 (Busch Series)
First_Busch_Race = 1990 Winston Classic (Martinsville) | First_Busch_Win = 1994 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Dover) | Last_Busch_Win = 2004 Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo (Daytona)
Busch_Wins = 4
Busch_Top_Tens = 59
Years_In_Truck = 11
Total_Truck_Races = 111
Best_Truck_Pos = 4th - 2000 (Craftsman Truck Series)
First_Truck_Race = 1995 Lowe's 150 (North Wilkesboro) | First_Truck_Win = 1999 Florida Dodge Dealers 400 (Homestead) | Last_Truck_Win = 2000 Dodge California Truck Stop 250 (Mesa Marin) | Last_Truck_Race = 2007 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega) | Truck_Wins = 4
Truck_Top_Tens = 54
Truck_Poles = 3
Awards = 1990 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Mid-America Regional Champion
Updated_On = September 19, 2008

Mike Wallace (born March 10 1959 in Fenton, Missouri) is a NASCAR race car driver. He is a younger brother to Rusty Wallace, older brother to Kenny Wallace, and uncle to Steve Wallace. His daughter, Chrissy Wallace, and son, Matt Wallace, are also pursing their own racing careers, with Chrissy racing 5 races in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series in 2008, and 5 races in ARCA RE/MAX Series. Mike currently drives the #7 GEICO Toyota Camry for Germain Racing in the Nationwide Series full-time.

Early NASCAR Career

Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut in 1990 at the season-closing Winston Classic at Martinsville Speedway. Starting twenty-fourth, Wallace finished sixth in the #40 Lowes Foods Chevrolet. The next season, he ran nine Busch races for a variety of different teams, and had a third-place finish at Lanier Raceway. He also made his Winston Cup debut at the Pyroil 500, where he finished 31st in the Jimmy Means-owned car. It also marked the first time since the 1950s that three brothers competed against each other in a Winston Cup race, as Rusty and Kenny drove in that race also.

In 1992, Wallace signed on with Moroso Racing to pilot the #20 First Ade Oldsmobile. They also ran a Cup race together at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Wallace finished thirty-third. Despite a tenth-place run at Martinsville, Wallace was dismissed from the ride nearly half-way into the season. Late in the year, he was hired by Barry Owen to drive his #9 Oldsmobile. After a ninth-place finish in their first race at Dover International Speedway, Wallace posted a second-place finish at Martinsville. Wallace and Owen also ran a pair of Cup races, their best finish a 20th at Atlanta. They ran the entire Busch schedule in 1993, with sponsorship from FDP Brakes. Wallace had nine top-tens that season finished a career-high 12th in the final points standings. He also finished in the top-fifteen in the first time in his Cup career when he finished fifteenth at Atlanta.

1994-1997

Early in 1994, Wallace was hired by Junie Donlavey to drive his #90 Heilig-Meyers Ford Thunderbird in the Winston Cup Series. Although he competed in twenty-two of the scheduled thirty-one races that year, Wallace finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year standings, and thirty-third in the overall championship standings. His season was capped off with a fifth-place finish at the Hooters 500. In the Busch Series, he won his first career race at Dover, followed by victories at The Milwaukee Mile and Indianapolis Raceway Park. The following season, Wallace failed to qualify for five races in the Cup series, and dropped a spot in the standings. His lone lead-lap finish came at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished 8th. In the Busch Series, his team switched to #90 with sponsorship from Duron Paints, and posted two second-place finishes. He also made his Craftsman Truck Series debut that season at North Wilkesboro Speedway, and finished 29th in the MB Motorsports truck.

Twelve races into the 1996 season, Wallace was released from his Cup ride with Donlavey. Despite moving back down into the Busch Series full-time, Wallace only posted one top-ten in the second-half of the season, forcing Owen's team to close its doors. Wallace began 1997 with high hopes in the #91 LJ Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Joe Falk and Ron Neal. The team had moved up from the Busch Series and signed Spam as a full time sponsor but after many DNQ's and a best finish of seventeenth at Texas Motor Speedway, the team lost its sponsor and Wallace found himself without a ride. He also split time in the Busch Series in the #7 Chevrolet for Ed Whitaker, making six starts. Midway through the season, he left for the Truck series, driving the #52 Purolator Chevrolet Silverado for Ken Schrader Racing. Despite only running fifteen races that season, he finished twenty-third in points. He also finished in the top-ten in each of the last four races of the season, including California Speedway, where he finished second.

1998-2004

Wallace returned to run the Truck Series full-time in 1998 for Schrader. Although he did not win that season, he won his first career NASCAR pole at New Hampshire International Speedway and had eleven top-tens en route to a thirteenth-place points finish. He also ran six Busch races for Andy Petree Racing, Washington-Erving Motorsports, and the Curb Agajanian Performance Group, his best finish coming at IRP for Petree. In addition, he ran the Daytona 500 in an entry for Phil Barkdoll, starting and finishing 23rd.

In 1999, he left Schrader to drive the #2 Team ASE Racing Ford F-150 for Ultra Motorsports. He won in his first race for Ultra at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and won again six races later at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He finished sixth in points that year. He also returned to Donlavey in Cup to run the Daytona 500 for him, and finished 23rd, as well finishing 24th in an Ultra-owned car at Richmond International Raceway. The following year, Wallace won an additional two truck races and moved up to fourth in points. He also ran eight Busch races for Moy Racing, his best finish a 14th at IRP. After Ultra purchased the Mattei Motorsports #7 Nations Rent Cup team, Wallace was announced as the driver for 2001. Despite starting off the season with a sixth-place finish at the Daytona 500, the team struggled in qualifying, almost costing Wallace his job before he posted two consecutive top-ten finishes. During that time, he began running with a new Busch Series team, Biagi Brothers Racing, running their #4 Geico Chevy. His best finish of eight starts was a tenth at Richmond International Raceway. Late in the season, Wallace was granted his release from Ultra, and joined Penske-Kranefuss Racing, driving the #12 Mobil 1 Ford Taurus as a teammate to his brother Rusty. At Phoenix, he led 45 laps late in the race before giving the lead up to Jeff Burton, finishing a career-best second place. Unfortunately, Penske decided not to keep the 12 team going, forcing Wallace out of a ride (Penske did keep the number 12 for Ryan Newman's team the following year, replacing the 02 Newman had used in a few races in '01). He began the season driving for Andy Petree for a pair of races, before financial problems caused that team to cease operations. He returned to run with Biagi for seventeen races in the Busch Series, posting two consecutive fourteenth-place finishes. Wallace also returned to the Truck series driving the Federated Auto Parts truck for Schrader, posting two top-tens. Mid-season, he signed onto the #14 Conseco Pontiac Grand Prix for A.J. Foyt Racing, his best finish a tenth at Bristol.

In 2003, Biagi Bros. began racing full-time in the Busch Series with Wallace. Despite missing two races, Wallace had three top-tens and finished 13th in the final standings. In the Cup series, he had two top-tens driving for Phoenix, as well as making eight starts filling for Jerry Nadeau in the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix for MB2/MBV Motorsports. In addition to running two races for Schrader in the Truck Series, he also competed in a pair of events for Brevak Racing, his best finish fifteenth at Phoenix. In 2004, at the mid-season race at Daytona, Wallace took the lead on the last lap and won his fourth career race, the first for Biagi in one of the biggest wins of his career. The following week at Chicagoland Speedway, he led eighteen laps and almost won before running out of fuel on the final lap. In the Cup Series, he drove three races for Arnold Motorsports, before leading 45 laps and finishing seventh at Richmond for Phoenix. He finished the season driving the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.

Present

Wallace began driving for MMM full-time in 2005. Despite an eighth-place finish at the Pepsi 400, Wallace was released towards the end of the season by MMM. He returned to the Truck Series briefly for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, finishing in the top-nine twice. He drove for a variety of different teams in the Busch Series, among them Akins Motorsports, Rusty Wallace, Inc. and Evernham Motorsports, with whom he finished second at his hometown track in Gateway.

He began 2006 in the Truck Series running for HT Motorsports, but was released after finishing 31st in each of his first two starts. Already signed on to run Phoenix's Cup car, Miccosukee Resorts Dodge signed Wallace to be their full-time driver for the remainder of 2006 to replace Jason Keller, and had three top-five finishes. In 2007, Wallace piloted the #7 GEICO Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing with teammate J. J. Yeley. Despite no top-ten finishes, he ended the season eleventh in points.

In 2008 Wallace, GEICO, and his car number moved from Phoenix Racing to Germain Racing, where he drives a Toyota Camry.

On March 29th, 2008, Mikes daughter, Chrissy finished 18th in her first Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Mike Wallace also stars in a Geico commercial when Loren Wallace talks about if Mike Wallace gets in, he will wreck him or, as Loren puts it: "If he comes near me, I'll put him in the wall".

Fall of 2008

Richard Childress Racing will have a fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for the Oct. 5 race at Talladega Superspeedway with Mike Wallace as it tries to get a fourth team up to speed.

The No. 33 Chevrolet will have sponsorship from Realtree camouflage products.

“Mike Wallace is the best drafter available,” said RCR Vice President of Competition Mike Dillon, who indicated the No. 33 team might run at an intermediate track as well this year. “He’s really good there. He always runs up front. We’re taking a car and engine package that we plan on running at the [Daytona] 500 next year in February, and we couldn’t think of a better guy to take and put in the car.”

Next season, Clint Bowyer will drive the full-time No. 33 entry. He moves over from the No. 07, which will be driven by incoming RCR driver Casey Mears, as the organization, which also fields the entries of Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton, expands to four teams.

Realtree is working with Chevrolet and RCR on a promotion that will have the RCR cars of Harvick and Bowyer as well as the Dale Earnhardt Inc. cars of Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard in camouflage paint schemes.

References

* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=wallami01 Mike Wallace Career Statistics]

External links

* [http://www.mikewallace.com Mike Wallace.com]
* [http://www.zadzadz.com/index.php?keyword=wallace Mike Wallace] ads in the ZADZADZ ad database

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