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June 27, 1988
Rusty Wallace overcame a fuel miscalculation midway through the race and held off pole-sitter Bill Elliott Sunday to win the NASCAR Michigan 400 at Brooklyn, Mich. Wallace's Pontiac averaged 153.55 m.p.h. over 200 laps at Michigan International Speedway to break the race record of 153.485 set by David Pearson in 1973. Wallace finished .25 of a second ahead of Elliott. Wallace, 31, of St. Louis, ran out of gas on the 128th lap while he had a 12-second lead over Terry Labonte.
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February 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace crossed the finish line, drove into the garage area and found his wife waiting. It was unusual for her to be there. But this was a trip she had to make. Wallace needed extra support after finishing 10th in the 2005 Daytona 500 -- his 23rd and final attempt at winning NASCAR's premier race. "I had one last shot to win the 500, and when I didn't get it done, it was probably the quietest time in my life," Wallace said. "It was definitely a disappointment in my life.
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March 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rusty Wallace just can't help being hands-on. The longtime NASCAR Nextel Cup star is trying his hand at a new role now, becoming a television color commentator for ABC and ESPN on its IRL IndyCar Series telecasts that begin with the March 26 Toyota Indy 300 in Homestead, Fla. To get a better sense of what he will be talking about, the former stock car champion took a little spin Thursday behind the wheel of Sam Hornish's Penske Racing Honda Dallara, running eight laps around the 2.
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August 30, 2007 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Dale Earnhardt Sr. tended to like the status quo. But since his death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's series sponsor has gone from cigarettes to cellphones. Bill France Jr. gave way to his son Brian. Each year's champion -- once determined by overall performance -- now emerges after a 10-race playoff system. A rise in television ratings prompted a more heavy hand in the way NASCAR rules.
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August 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Rusty Wallace said he thought his race was over when he stopped for gas at the start of the final lap of Monday's NASCAR Budweiser stock car race at the Glen. Instead, Wallace easily won the rain-delayed event. Wallace, 30, a native of Fenton, Mo., who lives in Charlotte, N.C., was cruising along with about a 22-second lead in the 90-lap, 219-mile race when his low-fuel warning light flickered on.
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February 14, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Championships can have rich rewards, such as the $1 million that Rusty Wallace got for winning the 1989 Winston Cup stock car series, but the winning can leave sores, too. Wallace has his million, the title, and his wife, Patti, has a full-length mink coat, but there are still things that rankle the feisty redhaired driver from St.
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April 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
In a race featuring a track-record 40 lead changes, Rusty Wallace had the most important one to win the $513,981 NASCAR Valleydale 500 from the pole Sunday at Bristol International Raceway. Wallace benefited from new pit-road rules to win $51,300, including a $22,800 bonus for winning from the pole position. The new rules designated odd- and even-numbered cars, based on qualifying position, for the inside and outside lanes on restarts.
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June 11, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stock car driver Rusty Wallace's Glenda was a winner once again Sunday in a 300-kilometer stock car race at Sears Point International Raceway. Wallace, 33, named his road racing car Glenda after he won his first race in the specially designed Pontiac at Watkins Glen in 1987. He won two more road races at Riverside before the track was razed and has won five of seven road races on the NASCAR circuit over the past three years.
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March 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
Rusty Wallace may have had the fastest car in the field at Sunday's running of the $507,600 Goodwrench 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., but speed in the pits was more important than speed on the track. Wallace, 32, easily won a six-lap sprint to the finish after beating three-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt out of the pits during the final caution period. Wallace, in a Pontiac, beat Alan Kulwicki by 1.3 seconds and earned $72,100.
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April 6, 1991
Rusty Wallace led second-day qualifying for the TranSouth 500 with a speed of 159.342 m.p.h. at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
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March 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rusty Wallace just can't help being hands-on. The longtime NASCAR Nextel Cup star is trying his hand at a new role now, becoming a television color commentator for ABC and ESPN on its IRL IndyCar Series telecasts that begin with the March 26 Toyota Indy 300 in Homestead, Fla. To get a better sense of what he will be talking about, the former stock car champion took a little spin Thursday behind the wheel of Sam Hornish's Penske Racing Honda Dallara, running eight laps around the 2.
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August 31, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave at the top of his game. His decision was influenced by the death of rival Dale Earnhardt in a Daytona 500 crash in 2001. "It kind of got to me," Wallace said Monday at a news conference at the Daytona International Speedway complex. "It made me feel nervous. It made me think hard about it." The 48-year-old Wallace has won 55 races.
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August 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Rusty Wallace calls recent rumors of his retirement from NASCAR stock car racing premature. "Right now, my mind is 100 percent on racing," Wallace said about persistent reports that he will call it a career after the 2005 season. "If I do make that call one of these days, you guys will be the first to know because I want to celebrate it a proper way and have a good time. "Right now, I'm not prepared to talk about retirement."
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August 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
With so much money and prestige on the line these days in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series, Rusty Wallace believes there has been more banging and bumping than ever. "I've been around this sport a long time and I can tell you that it's the most aggressive atmosphere that I've ever seen out there," the former series champion said. "It's an explosive situation and it'll only get worse before it gets any better."
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April 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
Rusty Wallace ended his 105-race winless streak Sunday, outdriving Bobby Labonte over the final 30 laps to win the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, Va. "Finally," Wallace said. "I questioned myself a little bit. I was like, 'Man, this schedule is wearing me out, and these bad performances are wearing me out.'
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February 15, 2003 | Shav Glick
Rusty Wallace and his sponsor, Miller Brewing Co., have said that if Wallace wins the Daytona 500, the brewery will give a six-pack of beer to every person at the race who can legally drink. Friday, that became a pretty remote possibility. Wallace, who was supposed to start eighth, was disqualified from his fourth-place finish in Thursday's qualifying race and must start 38th with a provisional. An unapproved carburetor was the reason.
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May 22, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ernie Irvan had a record three-lap run and pit stop measured at 137.835 m.p.h. in edging Rusty Wallace for the pole in the Winston all-star race at Charlotte Motot (N.C.) Speedway.
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April 26, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, Rusty Wallace won the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway on what would have been the late Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday, then he honored the Winston Cup legend by holding a huge flag with the No.3--Earnhardt's old number--out the window of his winning Ford Taurus on his victory lap. Earnhardt, killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, has been gone for more than a year now, and Wallace said Thursday that he no longer thinks of "the Intimidator" every day.
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April 30, 2001 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 115,000 fans were on their feet cheering as Rusty Wallace held off Jeff Gordon to win the NAPA Auto Parts 500 Winston Cup race Sunday at California Speedway, but the day belonged to Dale Earnhardt. Sunday would have been the Intimidator's 50th birthday and there were reminders all day long. On the third lap, in memory of the black No. 3 car that Dale drove, there was a moment of silence and many in the huge throng held up three fingers as the 43 cars raced down the front straightaway.
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