Rusty Wallace

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Rusty Wallace
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Rusty Wallace in 1997.
BornRussell William Wallace Jr.
(1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 63)
Arnold, Missouri, U.S.
Achievements 1989 Winston Cup Series Champion
1991 IROC Champion
1983 ASA Champion
1990 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
1989 The Winston Winner
1998 Bud Shootout Winner
Awards NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee (2013)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (2013)
National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame inductee (2010)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee (2014) [1]
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee (1998)
Named a Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (2006)
St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2011)
NMPA Myers Brothers Award winner (2005)
Two-time NMPA Richard Petty Driver of the Year (1988, 1993)
NASCAR Illustrated Person of the Year (2005)
North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2005)
Delaware's Order of the First State (2005)
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
1984 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1979 USAC Stock Car Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Cup Series career
706 races run over 25 years
Best finish1st (1989)
First race 1980 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2005 Ford 400 (Homestead)
First win 1986 Valleydale 500 (Bristol) [2]
Last win 2004 Advance Auto Parts 500 (Martinsville)
WinsTop tens Poles
5534936
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
42 races run over 9 years
Best finish32nd (1987)
First race 1985 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2005 O'Reilly Challenge (Texas)
WinsTop tens Poles
0182
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish92nd (1996)
First race 1996 DeVilbiss Superfinish 200 (Nazareth)
WinsTop tens Poles
010
Statistics current as of December 21, 2012.

Russell William "Rusty" Wallace Jr. (born August 14, 1956) is an American former NASCAR racing driver. He has won the 1984 NASCAR Cup series Rookie of the Year and the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Over the years, Wallace has been inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame (2013), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2013), the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2014) [3] and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2010).

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Racing career

Early career

Prior to joining the NASCAR circuit, Wallace made a name for himself racing around in Florida, winning a pair of local track championships and more than 200 short track races. In 1979, he won United States Auto Club's (USAC) Stock Car Rookie of the Year honors, finishing third in points behind A. J. Foyt and Bay Darnell. [4] In 1981, he finished second in the USAC Stock Cars championship standings, behind Joe Ruttman. [4]

In 1983, he won the American Speed Association (ASA) championship while competing against some of NASCAR's future stars like Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, and Dick Trickle.

NASCAR career

No. 88 Rookie of the Year racecar (1984) 88RustyWallace1984.jpg
No. 88 Rookie of the Year racecar (1984)
Wallace in the No. 2 (background) in 1985 PhilParsonsRustyWallace1985.jpg
Wallace in the No. 2 (background) in 1985

In 1980, Wallace made his NASCAR debut at Atlanta, driving the No. 16 Chevrolet for Roger Penske. He ended up finishing second in the race after qualifying seventh. He made nine NASCAR appearances over the next three years, finishing inside the Top 10 in only one more race. In 1984, Wallace joined the Winston Cup circuit full-time, winning NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors and finishing 14th in the final points standings. He drove the No. 88 Gatorade-sponsored Pontiac for Cliff Stewart with a best finish of fourth, along with two fifth-place finishes and four further Top 10s. Wallace stayed with Cliff Stewart for 1985 but this time, he drove the No. 2 Alugard-sponsored Pontiac. In 29 races, Wallace had two Top 5s and eight Top 10s.

Blue Max Racing

In 1986, Wallace switched teams to the No. 27 Alugard-sponsored Pontiac for Raymond Beadle's Blue Max Racing team. His first win came at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, 1986. [2] He also won at Martinsville on September 21. He finished the year with two wins, four Top 5s, and 16 Top 10s in 29 races. He finished sixth in the points, making this his first Top 10 finish in the standings. In 1987, Wallace gained sponsorship from Kodiak tobacco, establishing the No. 27 Kodiak-sponsored Pontiac livery his early career is most remembered for. He scored victories at Watkins Glen and Riverside, as well as his first series pole at Michigan in June. These results were backed up with nine Top 5s and 16 Top 10s in 29 races. He finished fifth in the final points standings.

Wallace developed his career further in 1988, scoring six victories (including four of the final five races of the year). His wins were at Michigan, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, the final race ever at Riverside, and the season finale at Atlanta. With these six wins as well as 19 Top 5s and four further Top 10s, he finished second to Bill Elliott by 24 points.

1989 car at Phoenix with Kodiak paint scheme RustyWallace27car1989.jpg
1989 car at Phoenix with Kodiak paint scheme

In 1989, Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship with crew chief Barry Dodson, by finishing 15th at the Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta to beating out close friend and fierce rival Dale Earnhardt (the race winner) by 12 points. Wallace also won The Winston in a controversial fashion, by spinning out Darrell Waltrip on the last lap.

In 1990, Raymond Beadle switched sponsors, to Miller Genuine Draft. The four-year sponsorship deal was tied specifically to Wallace, meaning it went where the 1989 championship went. The 1989 championship year was reportedly marked with acrimony between him and Beadle. However, Wallace was stuck with the team for 1990 due to his contract. [5] Rusty had 18 wins for Beadle.

Penske Racing

In 1991, Wallace took the Miller sponsorship with him to Penske Racing, [6] and he continued in the No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft-sponsored Pontiac. He also won the 1991 IROC championship. While 1992 only carried him one win, the win at the Miller 400 was satisfying; it was the first win for Wallace in a car which arguably was his best known chassis for his career, one affectionately known as "Midnight" after the win. With this nickname, the car raced for six seasons, carrying various race wins before being taken out of the fleet in 1997.

The 1993 season was arguably his most successful season despite two major accidents at Daytona and Talladega, in which his car went airborne and flipped several times. He won the second race of the season on February 28, 1993, at North Carolina Motor Speedway. The season was also a sad one, as Wallace's friend and reigning NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki was killed flying into Bristol in April 1993. Because of this, when Wallace won the race at Bristol, in respect to Alan Kulwicki, he did a "Polish victory lap"—turning his car around and driving around the track the wrong way, as made famous by Kulwicki. In every race Wallace won that year he performed a "Kulwicki victory lap". He won all three races in April (Bristol on April 4, North Wilkesboro on April 18, and Martinsville on April 25). Also, he won the first ever race at the New Hampshire Speedway, starting 33rd, on July 11. In 1993, he won 10 of the 30 races, [7] but finished second in the final points standings, 80 points behind Earnhardt. He ended the season strong, finishing in the Top 3 in all but two of the final 10 races of the season.

Penske switched to Fords in 1994. [7] In 1996, sponsorship changed from Miller Genuine Draft to Miller beer sponsorship.

Wallace at Michigan in 1994 with his MGD paint scheme Old School NASCAR - Rusty Wallace 1994.jpg
Wallace at Michigan in 1994 with his MGD paint scheme
Wallace's only Truck Series start was at Nazareth Speedway in 1996 Rusty Wallace Penske South Ford Nazareth 1996.jpg
Wallace's only Truck Series start was at Nazareth Speedway in 1996
1997 paint scheme RustyWallace1997Pocono2.jpg
1997 paint scheme

In 1997, Miller changed the team's sponsorship to Miller Lite, replacing the black and gold with a blue and white scheme. In 1998, Wallace won the Bud Shootout at Daytona, a non-points race for the previous years pole winners and past winners of the race. It was the first win for Ford's new Taurus, and Wallace's only victory at NASCAR's premier track (as well as his only victory in any restrictor plate race) in a Cup car.

In 2000, he secured his 50th career win at Bristol, becoming the 10th driver in NASCAR to win 50+ races. He is also the only driver in NASCAR history to win his 1st and 50th career victories at the same track, and in the same race. He would also score 3 more wins at Pocono, Michigan, and the night race at Bristol (season sweep at Bristol). He finished seventh in the final points standings after some inconsistency in the championship race. The next year, he won at California for his 54th career win. He won on what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday and paid tribute to him with an Earnhardt flag. Wallace almost won the 2002 Sharpie 500 after being bumped out of the way by his rival Jeff Gordon.

Wallace at Richmond in 1998. RustyWallaceRIR98.jpg
Wallace at Richmond in 1998.

In 2003, Penske Racing switched to Dodge and appropriately, in 2004, Wallace won his 55th (and final) race on a short track: the 2004 spring Martinsville Speedway race. It was also the last win for the track under the ownership of the H. Clay Earles Trust; the death of Mary Weatherford (matriarch of the trust) forced the Trust to sell the track a month later.

2005 Nextel Cup car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005 Dodge Charger - Flickr - exfordy.jpg
2005 Nextel Cup car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

On August 30, 2004, Wallace announced that the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season would be his last as a full-time driver. Although at the time the possibility remained that he may have continued to run a limited schedule after the 2005 season—as semi-retirees Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte also have done, Wallace's current broadcasting contract forbids him from doing so. Kurt Busch would replace Wallace in the number 2 Miller Lite-sponsored Dodge in 2006–2010. In 2011, Brad Keselowski began driving the number 2.

In 2006, Wallace returned to his General Motors roots when he raced a Crawford-Pontiac sportscar, painted black and carrying the familiar stylized No. 2. The car was sponsored by Callaway Golf, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, teamed with Danica Patrick and Allan McNish, In 2008, his Nationwide Series cars switched from Dodge to Chevrolet.

To date, Wallace has had 55 NASCAR Cup wins, which is tied for 8th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. They include victories at Charlotte as well as the series' last three road courses (Riverside, Infineon and Watkins Glen), but none at Daytona, Darlington, Indianapolis or Talladega. He has the most short track wins in NASCAR history with 34, and therefore he is considered among the best short track drivers in NASCAR history. He retired after the 2005 season with a 14.4 career average finish.

In 2014, Wallace ran at Daytona for testing before the 2014 Daytona 500 as part of a promotion for Miller Lite's 40th anniversary, marking the first time a NASCAR Hall of Famer has driven in a NASCAR test. [8] When asked about the testing, Wallace stated, "It all started at Homestead. I was standing between the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and 2 (Brad Keselowski) cars joking around and those guys were egging me on to get back in a car and when Brad got wind of it, he called me up two weeks later and was serious about it and Roger (Penske) was all for it. Everyone in the world has been on me to test. ‘Why haven’t you been back in a car?’ This here kind of got me." [9]

Major crashes

Wallace's legacy, besides being a close rival of Dale Earnhardt, was a number of severe wrecks he endured, especially at restrictor plate racetracks. The first one happened in 1983, when Wallace was attempting the Daytona 500 through the Gatorade Twin 125's. He was tapped by Rick Wilson, got airborne, and went on a spectacular series of flips that left him hospitalized. His next flip came at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1988. What started it was unclear, but Wallace somehow managed to climb the wall and did a barrel roll. The roof of his car caved in. ESPN commentator Dr. Jerry Punch was the first responder, and possibly saved his life. In 1993, Wallace had two massive flips – both at plate tracks. The first was at the 1993 Daytona 500, where he was tapped by the crashing cars of Michael Waltrip and Derrike Cope, and barrel rolled multiple times in the grass on the back straightaway several feet in the air. Months later, at Talladega, racing to the checkered flag, Wallace was tagged from behind by Dale Earnhardt, turned backwards, and flew into the air before violently flipping in the grass past the start-finish line, breaking a wrist (the area where Wallace's car wrecked has since been paved over). Earnhardt was visibly shaken by the incident and did make sure Wallace was okay by checking on him after the race had concluded. Wallace finished 80 points behind Earnhardt in the final points for 1993. [10] He also had an airborne crash in his last Gatorade Twin in 2005 when Dave Blaney clipped his right rear tire and sent his car off the ground. The car never turned over though.

Other racing

On April 1, 2015, Wallace tested a Stadium Super Truck owned by former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, and the following day, he announced he would race in the series' X Games round in Austin. [11] After finishing last in his heat race, he was relegated to the last-chance qualifier. [12] During the LCQ, Wallace rolled his truck, but continued running; [13] he finished sixth in the event but failed to qualify for the feature. [12]

In 2016, Wallace returned to racing when he competed in the Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Daytona. Driving for "Ferrari of Houston", Wallace finished tenth overall and third in the Professional, North America class. [14]

Broadcast career

Brent Musburger and Wallace prepare to report from the ABC-TV pre-race stage at the 2006 Indianapolis 500. 2006Indy500Stage.jpg
Brent Musburger and Wallace prepare to report from the ABC-TV pre-race stage at the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

On January 25, 2006, it was announced that Wallace would cover auto racing events for ESPN and ABC. Despite Wallace's lack of open-wheel racing experience, his assignments began with the IndyCar Series and included the Indianapolis 500 (in a perhaps forgivable lapse, he described a thrilling battle on the last lap as "The most exciting Daytona 500 ever!"). He joined the NASCAR broadcasting team for both networks when they started coverage of the sport in 2007. [15] He signed a six-year deal with ESPN in 2006. He returned to commentate for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 won by Dario Franchitti. He co-hosted NASCAR Angels with Shannon Wiseman.

Car owner

Up until 2012, Wallace owned and operated Rusty Wallace Racing, which fielded the No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry driven by Michael Annett and the No. 66 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry driven by his son Steve Wallace. This operation was temporarily suspended due to the loss of sponsorship. However, Steve Wallace confirmed on his Twitter account that the team would return for the Nationwide Series race at Richmond in May 2012 in a former Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, powered by a Roush-Yates engine in the No. 4 sponsored by LoanMax Title Loans. Due to lack of sponsorship in 2013, Wallace's team ran one race in a No. 66 entry finishing 25th at Charlotte, then closed at the conclusion of the season.

Family

Wallace's brothers, Kenny and Mike, also used to race on the NASCAR circuit. He and his wife Patti have three children — Greg, Katie, and Steven. Stephen raced full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and made his Cup Series debut during the 2011 Daytona 500, making him the fourth member of his family to compete in the Daytona 500 and in NASCAR, behind the Bodines (Geoff, Brett, and Todd), Pettys (Lee, Richard, and Kyle), Earnhardts (Dale, Kerry and Dale Jr.), and the Allisons (Bobby, Donnie, and Davey). Wallace's father, Russell Wallace Sr., died on October 30, 2011, at age 77.

Iowa Speedway

In late 2005, Wallace broke ground on his "Signature Design Speedway" in Newton, Iowa. Iowa Speedway had its first race on September 15, 2006, and hosted many races in 2007 including an IndyCar race. The track is noted for its structural similarity to Richmond International Raceway, where Wallace has won six times. Iowa Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 2009.

Endorsements

Other media

Wallace made a cameo appearance in the movie Days of Thunder . He and his brothers all appeared in the Electronic Arts video game NASCAR Rumble . Mike was featured as a Craftsman Truck Series driver, driving the No. 2 ASE Dodge (no specific car makes for the Trucks; the real truck was a Dodge at the time), Kenny was featured in the game driving the No. 55 Square D Chevrolet (although the game's commercial showed him driving the No. 81 Square D Ford) & Rusty was featured in the game driving his No. 2 Ford, with the exception that the Miller Lite stickers are replaced by Penske Racing stickers similar to current Penske Championship Racing driver Brad Keselowski, whose sponsor is censored by NASCAR's ban on wireless telephone advertising. In the video for “Nowadays” by Lil Skies featuring Landon Cube, Cube can be seen wearing a vintage Rusty Wallace jacket.

Career achievements

Awards and honors

Records and milestones

With 55 career points-paying victories, Wallace is ranked ninth among the all-time NASCAR Cup Series winners; he is ranked seventh (in a tie with Bobby Allison) among those who have competed during the sport's modern era (1972–present).

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536NNCCPtsRef
1980 Penske Racing 16 Chevy RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL
2
BRI DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS MAR CLT
14
CAR ATL ONT 57th291 [24]
1981 Benfield Racing 98 Pontiac RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI NWS DAR MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
30
TWS RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL
21
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS 64th- [25]
John Childs 72 Buick CLT
6
CAR ATL
29
RSD
1982 DAY
37
RCH BRI ATL
35
CAR DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV CLT
29
POC RSD MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV NWS CLT MAR CAR ATL RSD 65th186 [26]
1983 DAY
DNQ
RCH CAR ATL DAR NWS MAR TAL NSV DOV BRI CLT RSD POC MCH DAY NSV POC TAL MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR ATL RSD NA- [27]
1984 Cliff Stewart Racing 88 Pontiac DAY
30
RCH
16
CAR
26
ATL
19
BRI
12
NWS
28
DAR
30
MAR
15
TAL
31
NSV
6
DOV
11
CLT
15
RSD
20
POC
17
MCH
14
DAY
20
NSV
18
POC
6
TAL
12
MCH
35
BRI
20
DAR
4
RCH
11
DOV
30
MAR
13
CLT
14
NWS
5
CAR
26
ATL
15
RSD
26
14th3316 [28]
1985 2 DAY
8
RCH
27
CAR
9
ATL
27
BRI
5
DAR
5
NWS
22
MAR
10
TAL
37
DOV
18
CLT
8
RSD
24
POC
13
MCH
26
DAY
41
POC
33
TAL
17
MCH
7
BRI
12
DAR
38
RCH
13
DOV
31
MAR
25
NWS
25
CLT
30
CAR
9
ATL
21
RSD
36
19th2867 [29]
1986 Blue Max Racing 27 Pontiac DAY
8
RCH
10
CAR
12
ATL
8
BRI
1*
DAR
6
NWS
10
MAR
30
TAL
13
DOV
26
CLT
10
RSD
4
POC
6
MCH
19
DAY
8
POC
27
TAL
35
GLN
6
MCH
6
BRI
14
DAR
23
RCH
19
DOV
13
MAR
1
NWS
4
CLT
8
CAR
19
ATL
13
RSD
8
6th3762 [30]
1987 DAY
41
CAR
6
RCH
3
ATL
3
DAR
20
NWS
9
BRI
16
MAR
2
TAL
6
CLT
10
DOV
17
POC
40
RSD
41
MCH
5
DAY
8
POC
14
TAL
8
GLN
1*
MCH
4
BRI
2
DAR
2
RCH
17
DOV
12
MAR
28
NWS
10
CLT
22
CAR
12
RSD
1
ATL
12
5th3818 [31]
1988 DAY
7
RCH
7
CAR
14
ATL
2
DAR
25
BRI
4
NWS
4
MAR
16
TAL
10
CLT
2
DOV
3
RSD
1*
POC
3
MCH
1*
DAY
12
POC
24
TAL
5
GLN
2
MCH
2*
BRI
9
DAR
2
RCH
35
DOV
3
MAR
3
CLT
1
NWS
1
CAR
1
PHO
5
ATL
1*
2nd4464 [32]
1989 DAY
18
CAR
1*
ATL
31*
RCH
1
DAR
8
BRI
1
NWS
9
MAR
31
TAL
10
CLT
31
DOV
5
SON
2
POC
22*
MCH
2*
DAY
17
POC
2*
TAL
37
GLN
1
MCH
1*
BRI
6
DAR
4
RCH
1*
DOV
7
MAR
4*
CLT
8
NWS
7
CAR
2*
PHO
16
ATL
15
1st4176 [33]
1990 DAY
7
RCH
6*
CAR
5
ATL
24
DAR
18
BRI
28
NWS
7
MAR
2
TAL
20
CLT
1*
DOV
10*
SON
1*
POC
2
MCH
17
DAY
14
POC
3
TAL
32
GLN
34*
MCH
3
BRI
2
DAR
40
RCH
5
DOV
7
MAR
15
NWS
8
CLT
38
CAR
32
PHO
38
ATL
9
6th3676 [34]
1991 Penske Racing 2 Pontiac DAY
27
RCH
4
CAR
28
ATL
10
DAR
5
BRI
1
NWS
32
MAR
21
TAL
26
CLT
22
DOV
9
SON
3*
POC
31
MCH
17
DAY
12
POC
1
TAL
6
GLN
4
MCH
3
BRI
32
DAR
32
RCH
3
DOV
25
MAR
7
NWS
6
CLT
27
CAR
11
PHO
5
ATL
34
10th3582 [35]
1992 DAY
31
CAR
26
RCH
17
ATL
15
DAR
11
BRI
9
NWS
2
MAR
31
TAL
11
CLT
18
DOV
3
SON
7
POC
24
MCH
37
DAY
9
POC
18
TAL
11
GLN
6
MCH
21
BRI
10
DAR
9
RCH
1*
DOV
16
MAR
2*
NWS
4
CLT
37
CAR
21
PHO
28*
ATL
6
13th3556 [36]
1993 DAY
32
CAR
1*
RCH
2
ATL
3
DAR
5
BRI
1*
NWS
1
MAR
1*
TAL
6
SON
38
CLT
29
DOV
21
POC
39
MCH
5
DAY
18
NHA
1
POC
2
TAL
17
GLN
19
MCH
6
BRI
2*
DAR
3
RCH
1*
DOV
1*
MAR
2
NWS
1*
CLT
4
CAR
1*
PHO
19
ATL
1*
2nd4446 [37]
1994 Ford DAY
41
CAR
1*
RCH
2
ATL
24
DAR
33
BRI
7
NWS
2
MAR
1*
TAL
33
SON
5
CLT
2*
DOV
1
POC
1*
MCH
1*
DAY
26
NHA
3
POC
9
TAL
42
IND
4
GLN
17
MCH
4
BRI
1
DAR
7
RCH
4
DOV
1
MAR
1*
NWS
4
CLT
37
CAR
35
PHO
17
ATL
32
3rd4207 [38]
1995 DAY
34
CAR
24
RCH
3*
ATL
10
DAR
23
BRI
2
NWS
4
MAR
1*
TAL
20
SON
20
CLT
34
DOV
9
POC
17
MCH
3
DAY
27
NHA
6
POC
16*
TAL
30
IND
2
GLN
26
MCH
5
BRI
21
DAR
3
RCH
1*
DOV
3
MAR
3
NWS
2
CLT
9
CAR
2
PHO
4
ATL
3
5th4240 [39]
1996 DAY
16
CAR
22
RCH
7
ATL
36
DAR
4
BRI
5
NWS
33
MAR
1
TAL
30
SON
1*
CLT
34
DOV
7
POC
31
MCH
1
DAY
31
NHA
7
POC
1
TAL
10
IND
7
GLN
33
MCH
39
BRI
1*
DAR
38
RCH
6
DOV
2
MAR
36
NWS
10
CLT
8
CAR
8
PHO
40
ATL
10
7th3717 [40]
1997 DAY
41
CAR
6
RCH
1
ATL
31
DAR
6
TEX
37
BRI
2*
MAR
5
SON
40
TAL
37
CLT
2
DOV
39
POC
22
MCH
29
CAL
14
DAY
6
NHA
3
POC
37
IND
38
GLN
3
MCH
13
BRI
12
DAR
43
RCH
5
NHA
21
DOV
16
MAR
15*
CLT
12
TAL
10
CAR
18
PHO
2*
ATL
32
9th3598 [41]
1998 Penske-Kranefuss Racing DAY
5
CAR
2
LVS
3
ATL
4
DAR
3
BRI
33*
TEX
12
MAR
6
TAL
12
CAL
34
CLT
2
DOV
18
RCH
3
MCH
17
POC
42
SON
5
NHA
4
POC
6
IND
8
GLN
4
MCH
23
BRI
3
NHA
8
DAR
7
RCH
7
DOV
5
MAR
28
CLT
26
TAL
27
DAY
5
PHO
1*
CAR
3
ATL
20
4th4501 [42]
1999 DAY
8*
CAR
10
LVS
9
ATL
35
DAR
33
TEX
4
BRI
1*
MAR
7*
TAL
41
CAL
11
RCH
5
CLT
31
DOV
6
MCH
12
POC
43
SON
4
DAY
11*
NHA
42
POC
18
IND
8
GLN
3
MCH
16
BRI
18
DAR
8
RCH
14
NHA
6*
DOV
32
MAR
4
CLT
8
TAL
11
CAR
5
PHO
32
HOM
12
ATL
13
8th4155 [43]
2000 DAY
4
CAR
11
LVS
15
ATL
32
DAR
16
BRI
1
TEX
4
MAR
10*
TAL
41
CAL
8
RCH
5*
CLT
8
DOV
14
MCH
7
POC
10*
SON
26
DAY
3
NHA
15
POC
1
IND
2*
GLN
34
MCH
1*
BRI
1*
DAR
30
RCH
34
NHA
5
DOV
8
MAR
23
CLT
21
TAL
8
CAR
5
PHO
4
HOM
15
ATL
7
7th4544 [44]
2001 Penske Racing South DAY
3
CAR
7
LVS
43
ATL
12
DAR
10
BRI
7
TEX
12
MAR
13
TAL
13
CAL
1*
RCH
3*
CLT
14
DOV
21
MCH
41
POC
16
SON
5
DAY
7
CHI
13
NHA
43
POC
6
IND
4
GLN
43
MCH
17
BRI
5
DAR
22
RCH
5*
DOV
11
KAN
4*
CLT
7
MAR
15
TAL
16
PHO
15
CAR
24
HOM
12
ATL
12
NHA
18
7th4481 [45]
2002 DAY
18
CAR
8
LVS
11
ATL
6
DAR
7
BRI
9
TEX
11
MAR
16
TAL
8
CAL
8
RCH
25
CLT
10
DOV
17
POC
9
MCH
7
SON
27
DAY
2
CHI
25
NHA
4
POC
40
IND
2
GLN
17
MCH
24
BRI
2
DAR
22
RCH
15
NHA
19
DOV
15
KAN
3
TAL
13
CLT
5
MAR
9
ATL
17
CAR
27
PHO
2
HOM
14
7th4574 [46]
2003 Dodge DAY
25
CAR
6*
LVS
40
ATL
15
DAR
16
BRI
14
TEX
14
TAL
37
MAR
8
CAL
3
RCH
10
CLT
12
DOV
6
POC
16
MCH
12
SON
8
DAY
28
CHI
32
NHA
17
POC
11
IND
10
GLN
37
MCH
38
BRI
43
DAR
36
RCH
5
NHA
6
DOV
10
TAL
9
KAN
9
CLT
13
MAR
29
ATL
19
PHO
33
CAR
23
HOM
23
14th3950 [47]
2004 Penske-Jasper Racing DAY
29
CAR
7
LVS
10
ATL
35
DAR
29
BRI
2
TEX
5
MAR
1
TAL
33
CAL
35
RCH
16
CLT
10
DOV
13
POC
32
MCH
22
SON
28
DAY
27
CHI
11
NHA
30
POC
17
IND
13
GLN
25
MCH
36
BRI
26
CAL
10
RCH
10
NHA
14
DOV
13
TAL
26
KAN
18
CLT
31
MAR
10
ATL
11
PHO
7
DAR
18
HOM
8
16th3960 [48]
2005 DAY
10
CAL
10
LVS
12
ATL
27
BRI
13*
MAR
5
TEX
10
PHO
36
TAL
22
DAR
12
RCH
19
CLT
10
DOV
5
POC
11
MCH
10
SON
4
DAY
4
CHI
12
NHA
8
POC
2
IND
25
GLN
6
MCH
13
BRI
5
CAL
15
RCH
5
NHA
6
DOV
3
TAL
25
KAN
7
CLT
24
MAR
19
ATL
37
TEX
22
PHO
29
HOM
13
8th6140 [49]
Daytona 500
YearTeamManufacturerStartFinish
1982 John Childs Buick 1937
1983 DNQ
1984 Cliff Stewart Racing Pontiac 2730
1985 228
1986 Blue Max Racing Pontiac 98
1987 3241
1988 57
1989 3518
1990 387
1991 Penske Racing Pontiac 827
1992 1731
1993 3432
1994 Ford 541
1995 734
1996 4316
1997 1441
1998 Penske-Kranefuss Racing 125
1999 108
2000 54
2001 Penske Racing South 123
2002 3718
2003 Dodge 3825
2004 Penske-Jasper Racing 1829
2005 3610

Busch Series

NASCAR Busch Series results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435NBSCPtsRef
1985 Rusty Wallace Racing 66 Pontiac DAY
4
CAR HCY BRI MAR DAR SBO LGY DOV 40th550 [50]
Olds CLT
36
SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO LGY HCY MLW BRI DAR
2
RCH NWS ROU CLT
3
HCY CAR MAR
1986 Pontiac DAY
9
CAR HCY MAR BRI DAR SBO LGY JFC DOV CLT
4
SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO RAL OXF SBO HCY LGY ROU BRI DAR
36
RCH DOV MAR ROU CLT CAR MAR 61st193 [51]
1987 Shugart Racing 90 Chevy DAY HCY MAR DAR BRI
19
LGY SBO JFC
5
OXF SBO HCY RAL
26*
LGY ROU BRI
25
JFC RCH
16
MAR
22
MAR
7
32nd1208 [52]
Blue Max Racing 72 Pontiac CLT
33
DAR
3
CLT
4
CAR
Shugart Racing 90 Buick DOV
13
IRP ROU DOV
30
1988 Blue Max Racing 72 Pontiac DAY
27
HCY CAR MAR DAR
8
BRI LNG 54th297 [53]
Buick NZH
13
SBO NSV
Rusty Wallace Racing 66 Pontiac CLT
30
DOV ROU LAN LVL MYB OXF SBO HCY LNG IRP ROU BRI DAR
9
RCH DOV MAR CLT
9
CAR MAR
1989 Blue Max Racing 72 Pontiac DAY
2
CAR MAR HCY DAR
30
BRI NZH
38
SBO LAN NSV CLT
9
DOV ROU LVL VOL MYB SBO HCY DUB IRP ROU BRI
26
DAR
41
RCH DOV MAR CLT
35
CAR MAR 56th430 [54]
1993 Rusty Wallace Racing 21 Pontiac DAY CAR RCH DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW
33
TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV ROU CLT MAR CAR HCY ATL 102nd64 [55]
1997 Penske Racing 2 Ford DAY CAR RCH ATL LVS DAR HCY TEX BRI NSV TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV SBO GLN MLW MYB GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAL
21
CAR HOM 124th- [56]
2004 Rusty Wallace, Inc. 66 Dodge DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH
6
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO
7
DAR HOM 76th296 [57]
2005 64 DAY CAL MXC
6
LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN
24
MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY
37
IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV
7
KAN
13
CLT MEM TEX
27
PHO HOM 61st650 [58]

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112131415161718192021222324NCTCPtsRef
1996 Penske Racing 22 Ford HOM PHO POR EVG TUS CNS HPT BRI NZH
9
MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV RCH NHA MAR NWS SON MMR PHO LVS 92nd138 [59]

International Race of Champions

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

International Race of Champions results
YearMake1234Pos.PtsRef
1989 Chevy DAY
1
NZH
3
MCH
3
GLN
8
3rd58 [60]
1990 Dodge TAL
7
CLE
8
MCH
6
8th26 [61]
1991 DAY
10
TAL
1*
MCH
1*
GLN
1*
1st86 [62]
1992 DAY
8
TAL
6
MCH
2
MCH
3
4th47 [63]
1993 DAY DAR
4
TAL MCH NA0 [64]
1994 DAY
6*
DAR
2
TAL
9
MCH
3*
3rd56 [65]
1995 DAY
5
DAR
10
TAL
9
MCH
7
9th32 [66]
1996 Pontiac DAY
12
TAL
12
CLT
4
MCH
7
11th26 [67]
1999 Pontiac DAY
9
TAL
2
MCH
3
IND
5
4th50 [68]
2000 DAY
6
TAL
9
MCH
9
IND
5
8th31 [69]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Elliott
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Dale Earnhardt
Preceded by
Dale Earnhardt
IROC Champion
IROC XV (1991)
Succeeded by
Ricky Rudd
Preceded by
Mark Martin
ASA National Tour Champion
1983
Succeeded by
Dick Trickle
Achievements
Preceded by
Darrell Waltrip
Coca-Cola 600 winner
1990
Succeeded by
Davey Allison
Preceded by
Terry Labonte
The Winston winner
1989
Succeeded by
Dale Earnhardt
Awards
Preceded by
Sterling Marlin
NASCAR Rookie of the Year
1984
Succeeded by
Ken Schrader