Young Wallaces On The Move

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There’s a new champion in the Wallace racing family.

Stephen Wallace, the 13-year-old son of 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace and Patti Wallace, earned the season points title Tuesday night in the Young Guns Bandolero Division during the Summer Shootout Series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Stephen Wallace will turn 14 years old Saturday.

“It was a great learning experience for Stephen,” said Rusty Wallace, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. “He won two features and the points deal this season, and it showed just how important consistency is. Heck, it was a barn-burner there (Tuesday night). It was as close as you can get. Patti and I are really proud of what our sons have accomplished this summer.”

Coming into Tuesday night’s season finale, Stephen Wallace trailed Brent Raymer by five points in the Young Guns Division. In the 15-lap race, Wallace made a pass for second place with only a few laps left. Raymer finished fourth in the race, and with the points system paying three points per position, Wallace won the title by one point.

“It was about as dramatic of a season-ending race as you can imagine,” said Greg Wallace, Stephen’s 21-year-old brother who is running a schedule in the Late Model Stock Car Division at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway this year.

Greg Wallace, who drives a car owned by NASCAR Busch Series legend Jack Ingram, still has some racing to do before heading back to college in the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve gotten better and better throughout the summer and that was our goal this year,” Greg Wallace said. “We’ve finished in the lead lap the last two races and picked up our first top-10 finish a couple of weeks ago. Because we’ve been starting from the rear, we’ve also picked up a ‘hard charger’ award for gaining the most spots in a feature race. We have one more 35-lap feature at Greenville-Pickens and hope to run a couple of special features at South Boston (Va.) Speedway later on, when I’m back in school.”

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