Wallaceís daughter to make debut
Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2008
The NASCAR notebook …
Chrissy Wallace will make her Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, the same track where her father began his career in 1990.
The 19-year-old daughter of longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace will drive a Toyota Tundra for Germain Motor Company.
iObviously, this is a big opportunity for me,î Wallace said. iOur goal is to go out there and run a smart race and finish. We had a good test. (Crew chief) Mike Abner and I were able to communicate on the changes we needed to make to (the truck.) Thereís still a lot to learn, but Iím looking forward to it.î
Abner, who has worked as crew chief for former truck champion Ted Musgrave and Justin Marks at Germain Racing, said, iI really felt that Chrissy did very well (in her test session at Martinsville). Her feedback was good and it was accurate.î
Abner collected his first win as a crew chief last November at Texas Motor Speedway with Musgrave at the wheel.
Mike Wallace, one of Rusty Wallaceís younger brothers, will spot for his daughter at Martinsville.
iAs parents, you are always stupid to your kids,î Mike Wallace said. iSo, when I got the call from Chrissy after the test, it was very nice. She just wanted to tell me, íThank you.í î
Chrissy raced late model stock cars last year at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina, where she was third in the points. She won four times, the first woman to win in a late model stock at Hickory in 57 years.
RETURN ENGAGEMENT: For the first time in nearly 10 years, Key Motorsports is returning to NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
Team owner Curtis W. Key Sr. said he plans to enter a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in a handful of races in 2008, beginning May 2 at Richmond International Raceway.
Jeff Green, the 2000 champion of the series then sponsored by Busch, has been hired by Key to drive the car. Green has earned 16 victories and 87 top-five finishes in 254 career starts in the developmental series.