By Doug Halberstadt
Local Rusty Wallace fans, this is going to be the summer you have been waiting for. The extremely popular retired NASCAR champion will be in our area not once, but twice over the next few months.
Recently, it was announced that Wallace would compete in the June 12 Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 presented by RaceTeamGear.com at The Milwaukee Mile. The race honors the late Lettow, a former standout American Speed Association crew chief who mentored many young drivers. The event will benefit the MACC Fund, dedicated to childhood cancer and blood disorder research.
When Wallace climbs into his No. 66 super late model at Milwaukee, it will be only the third time he has raced competitively since he retired from NASCAR’s premier series in 2005. The car he will be driving was last used by his youngest son, Steve Wallace, earlier this year. Steve will join his dad on the track in Milwaukee. He’ll be driving a sister car to his father’s.
The elder Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR and 1983 ASA Champion, is no stranger when it comes to racing at the Milwaukee Mile. Wallace’s five victories at Milwaukee in USAC and ASA competition mark one of the most successful stock car careers in the history of “The Mile.”
“I’m really excited about racing at Milwaukee again; I have a lot of great memories of that place from over the years,” Wallace said. “While I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun, believe me, we’re going there to try and win the race, too. There are a lot of great race fans in the Midwest, and hopefully the ASA Midwest Tour will put on a great show for them, all the while benefiting a good cause.”
NASCAR regulars David Ragan, David Stremme and Tony Raines are also scheduled to compete in the event with others to be named in the near future.
In addition to all of the action on the track, fans can get up close and personal with the drivers at a pre-race VIP event, including a question-and-answer session and a private dinner with the drivers. Only 500 tickets for the VIP event will be sold.
Fans can purchase tickets for the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 and the pre-race VIP event by visiting http://www.asarace.com.
If Milwaukee is still a little too far for you to travel, Wallace will be right here in our own back yard Sunday, Aug. 26. He’ll be on the grounds of the Midway Village Museum at 6799 Guilford Road in Rockford.
Wallace will be the featured guest at the museum that day to help honor the Rockford Speedway. In addition to Wallace, there will be a car show, car club information, music, beer garden, 50/50 raffle and food. Jody Deery, president and owner of the Rockford Speedway, will be the honorary chairman. Tickets for Wallace’s appearance at Midway Village Museum go on sale Tuesday, July 2.
For further details, go to www.midwayvillage.com.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the April 11-17, 2012, issue