One of NASCAR’s most successful and prominent families is that of the Wallaces. Brothers Rusty, Mike, and Kenny have been racing in NASCAR’s top series since the 1980s, and now their children are following in this famous family’s footsteps.
Russell Wallace – better known to racing fans as Rusty – is the eldest of the three racing Wallace brothers. Racing in the Midwest in the late 1970s, Rusty won over 200 short track races before joining the Cup Series and ASA Series in the early 1980s. The 1984 Cup Series Rookie of the Year went on to become the 1989 Cup Series champion, winning 55 races and 36 poles before retiring in 2005. Today, Rusty is an ESPN racing commentator and team owner of Rusty Wallace Racing, which fields Nationwide Series cars for Steven Wallace and Brendan Gaughan.
Mike Wallace, the middle brother, races in the Nationwide Series, but has also raced in the Cup Series and Truck Series. Mike and his daughter, Chrissy, own the distinction of being the first father-daughter combination to race in a major series race, when they competed in the 2009 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway; Dad finished 28th, while daughter finished 13th.
Kenneth Wallace – better known as Kenny or “Herman” – has also raced in all three series, but has had the most success in the Nationwide Series, where he currently runs. The 1989 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year is also a fixture on Speed Channel, where he co-hosts NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane.
Steven Wallace, Rusty’s youngest son, currently drives the #66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry for his father’s team in the Nationwide Series. Steven got his start in Bandoleros in 1998 as a pre-teen, graduating to Legends cars and Late Models. He made his first NASCAR start in 2005 in the Nationwide Series, starting 11th and finishing 15th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Steven became a full-time Nationwide Series driver in 2007.
Chrissy Wallace, Mike’s daughter, has raced in NASCAR’s Truck Series and the Nationwide Series, as well as the ARCA Racing Series. She holds the distinction of being the first female driver to win at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina, as well as the first female to win in a Bandalero at Atlanta Motor Speedway.