Wallace Family Patriarch Dies
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on October 30, 2011 | 4:15 P.M. EST
Russ Wallace, patriarch of the Wallace family including three sons and a grandson, passed away at age 77.
Wallace died early Sunday morning near his Missouri home after suffering a stroke last week.
His racing family includes former Sprint Cup champion and current ESPN analyst son Rusty Wallace, Nationwide Series sons Kenny and Mike Wallace and grandson Steven Wallace.
The elder Wallace was a successful racer in his own right winning races regularly on dirt track around the family’s Missouri home in the 1960s and 1970s.
His sons and grandchildren all referred to Russ as their “hero and inspiration” for their careers.
Iowa Speedway, a track designed by Rusty Wallace, released a statement on the passing of Russ:
"The Clement family and Iowa Speedway's staff extends its deepest sympathies to the Wallace family after the passing of Russ Wallace, father of NASCAR racing legend and Iowa Speedway co-owner Rusty Wallace. Russ' impact on the legacy of NASCAR has been immense. His sons, Rusty, Mike and Kenny, have all won many races in NASCAR's three national touring series and grandson, Steve, is a current Nationwide Series driver. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wallace family, the friends and the racing community which surrounds them in this difficult time.”