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Will the end of Rusty Wallace Racing also be the end of Steve Wallace’s NASCAR career?

By admin | January 7, 2012


By Richard Allen

On Friday afternoon Rusty Wallace, Inc., owner of Rusty Wallace Racing, announced that the racing end of their company was closing its doors and would no longer be in the business of fielding NASCAR Nationwide Series cars. The team had been formed in 2003 by championship driver Rusty Wallace. Drivers such as Jamie McMurray, Bill Elliott, Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Wallace and Rusty Wallace himself have driven for RWR throughout the team’s history. Last season the organization fielded cars for Michael Annett and Wallace’s son, Steve.

In the company’s press release announcing the shutdown, it was stated that Annett had received his release and was free to take his family’s Pilot Flying J sponsorship to seek another ride. The release also went on to say that RWI would focus its efforts toward aiding Steve Wallace “in exploring several exciting opportunities for 2012, with backing from his current RWR sponsors.”

At this late stage, with racing for the 2012 season set to begin in Daytona in less than two months, will it even be possible for young Wallace to find a ride?

Steve Wallace has competed on a full time basis in the Nationwide Series since 2007. In that time he has never won a race but has amassed six top-5 and thirty-four top-10 finishes. Perhaps his best season on that tour was in 2010 when he scored thirteen top-10s.

Wallace won four ARCA Series races in thirteen starts between 2005 and 2007.

But working against Wallace in terms of finding a ride, aside from the shortage of time to formulate a deal,  will be the fact that his racing career has been marked by inconsistency and crashes. The young driver has often received criticism from fans, media and fellow competitors for his driving style.

So, will Steve Wallace be able to land a ride with any team other than one owned by his father? Well, the answer lies in the statement released by RWI when the race team closed its doors.

The NASCAR of today is sponsorship, not talent, driven. If indeed there are sponsors in place to pay some bills for another racing organization then this driver could find himself in another seat. If not, then Steve Wallace’s NASCAR career could be in serious jeopardy.

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13 Responses to “Will the end of Rusty Wallace Racing also be the end of Steve Wallace’s NASCAR career?”

  1. shawn cole Says:
    January 7th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    It says in the RWI statement that they could have raced the whole season but not at the level they would have wanted too. This blows me away, seeing how a lot of teams in NNS dont have as much sponsorship as RWI would still have without 5-Hour. And they are there every weekend. This seems to me like they already have something lined up for Steve. It might not be Full time, But i bet its in a good ride.

  2. Offkilter Says:
    January 7th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This kid is really entertaining to watch race… If you like seeing cars wadded up. He’s done in nns, but maybe he can keep racing somewhere. Maybe poppa will retire from his anouncing gig, build a go cart track out back of the wallace house and father and son can race each other.

  3. Greg Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Steven looks and acts about as enthused with racing as my Dog does about going to the VET.

    Rusty needed to put his 2 brothers in his cars , they would have done a lot better.

  4. steven Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I have gotten the impression that Steven is an entitled and very spoiled little prick. The male version of Danica.

  5. Chris Fiegler Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Will we see Steve Wallace in a Sprint Cup Series Ride for 2012?

  6. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Rich,Steve Wallace is a chancy hire and Michael Annett is even chancier because of no wins, 3 Years, and DUI to his name.

  7. Greg Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    But Annett brings some decent SPONSOR $ and lately that over rules no wins and the DUI has little to do with racing.

  8. Greg Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Just recalled who Stephen Wallace reminded me of .

    Bobby Hill on “KING OF THE HILL” :) Hank wanted the boy to follow in his foot steps but Bobby just wandred around lost in a fog on the outskirts of LA LA land.

  9. Offkilter Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Greg, good comparison.. Haha mebbe hank and rusty could swap boys? I think bobby could click off quicker lap times. Hopefully steven can catch onto the propane business better than he did the racing gig

  10. Offkilter Says:
    January 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Chris… Steven in cup? If he lands something in the trucks it will be like hitting the lottery at this point

  11. Ken Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Steve coudn’t even get in the grandstands if Daddy didn’t pay fory paid it. Daddy paid for him to play as long as he could find a sucker to sponsor him. I think he is and should be history.

  12. Jesse Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The truth is last year at ORP, in Indianapolis, Steven wrecked Michael and Rusty blamed someone else for getting into Steven, what a joke and you just hope Rusty will go away to.

  13. mattausch25 Says:
    February 4th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I agree steve has had his fair of wrecks and then some lol! but i beleive it has more to do with being in subpar equiptment and trying to get more out of it then the car will give than jus poor talent.rwi has had several cup drivers in there equiptment to get a good read on were they stand. and none of them fared any better than steve and actually steve finished better than them in most cases. get steve in a good ride aka cup affiliated team and the we can make a better assessment until then we just dont know!