Retired NASCAR Series Champion and One of the Greatest Drivers in NASCAR History
When all is said and done, Rusty Wallace will go down in the history books as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. A former series champion and 55 time race winner on NASCAR’s top circuit, Wallace ranks as one of the top 5 money winners in NASCAR history, with over $43 million in career earnings. His 55 career wins and 36 career pole positions rank him tied for 8 th all-time in both categories.
In addition to being a driver, Rusty Wallace has entered the team ownership arena as well. His 2004 NASCAR Busch Series entry with driver Billy Parker will mark his second stint as a Busch Series team owner, following a highly successful full-time campaign with driver Kenny Wallace during the early 1990’s. In addition, Wallace is a part owner of Penske Racing South, the highly successful NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team for which he drove.
Wallace continues to hold numerous notable marks in the NASCAR record book entering the 2005 season. His win in the July 1996 race at Pocono Raceway continues to be the record for the fastest race ever run on the 2.5-mile track (averaged 144.892 mph). He also continues to hold down the race record honors for the first races at Martinsville and Richmond.
A St. Louis, MO native, Rusty Wallace resides with his family in the Charlotte, NC area. When not on the racetrack, Wallace is an avid aviator with over 10,000 flight hours, he owns his own airplanes and a helicopter. He’s a jet-rated pilot and has said many times that he would be a commercial pilot if he were not a racer.