DARRELL WALLACE JR – 10/8/1993 - also known as Bubba Wallace, is an African-American professional stock car racing driver. Signed as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, Wallace currently competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the #54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the #6. The son of a white father and African-American mother, Wallace was born in Mobile, Alabama but grew up in Concord, North Carolina. He started racing in the Bandolero and Legends car racing series. Wallace began competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, a developmental series, in 2010; driving for Revolution Racing, which operated as part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, Wallace was contacted as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. He won his very first race in the series, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, becoming the youngest driver ever to win at the track. Wallace's 2011 season would see him winning three times,
at Richmond International Raceway, Columbus Motor Speedway, and Dover International Speedway, and he finished second in points to Max Gresham. Wallace moved to race directly for Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2012 season. Racing the entire K&N East Series season along with four to six selected races in the Nationwide Series. Wallace made his Xfinity Series debut in late May, driving the No. 20 Toyota for JGR at Iowa Speedway; he ran in the top ten for most of the event, finishing 9th. He went on to post top ten finishes in his next two starts in the series. In February 2013, it was announced that Wallace would run a full season in the Camping World Truck Series in the No. 54 Toyota owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports. On October 26, 2013, Wallace
became the first African American driver to win in one of NASCAR's national series since 1963, winning the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway wheeling the #54 ToyotaCare vehicle. The only previous win by an African American driver was by Wendell Scott in the Sprint Cup Series, on December 1, 1963. Wallace ran full time in the Truck series in 2014, with some occasional Nationwide events. He ran the entire Truck series and posted a win at Martinsville. In 2015 he ran the full Xfinity and Truck series; a very busy schedule. But he was able to get four Truck series wins and finish third in the points. He was able to finish seventh in the Xfinity points. For 2016 Wallace drove the #6 FordEcoboost for Jack Roush in the
Xfinity series and finished 11th in the points while at the same time raced a full schedule in the truck series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This was the first year that NASCAR implemented the Chase format in the Xfinity series. Wallace easily ran well enough to make the playoffs; but he got wrecked twice in the first three races and failed to advance to the next round. It was expected that Wallace with drive for Roush full time again; but only in the Xfinity series in 2017; as Kyle Busch has shut down operations on the #54 truck. With Wallace standing fourth in the points before the 1/2 way part the season; Jack had to shut down the #6 Xfinity car that Wallace was driving due to lack of
sponsorship. He spent the rest of the season without a ride. However due to Aric Almirola being injured in a race Richard Petty Motorsports burned to Wallace as a fill in driver wheeling the #43 car. Wallace got his first Cup start at Pocono, starting 16th and finishing 26th. Wallace would race four events and each race he showed improvement. At Michigan he finished 19th; Daytona 15th and Kentucky 11th. Currently Petty is looking for sponsorship for Wallace to race full time in the Cup series in 2018.
KENNY WALLACE – 8/23/1963 - is an American stock car driver who currently drives the in selected races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Wallace is the youngest of three brothers born to Russ and Judy Wallace. Russ was a prolific race winner himself, which made him popular with fans. In September 1988, Dale Earnhardt gave Wallace the seat for his first-ever NASCAR start, in which he finished eleventh in the Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The following year, he raced the full Xfinity Series schedule in a car owned by brother Rusty Wallace, sponsored by Cox Treated Lumber earning the 1989 Rookie of the Year award and finishing sixth in driver point standings. In 1991 he won his first two career races and finished a career-best second in the Busch points, and subbed for Kyle Petty in two races in the Cup series. Wallace had made his Sprint Cup debut at North Wilkesboro Speedway in the #36 Pontiac for Randy Cox, finishing 26th after a late-race crash. In 1991 At the Pyroil 500, he competed against his brothers Mike and Rusty, marking the first time since Bob, Fonty, and Tim Flock raced that three brothers competed in the same race. In 1993, Wallace moved up to the Winston Cup Series full-time, driving the #40 Dirt Devil Pontiac Grand Prix. He had three top-tens and a twenty-third place points finish, but lost his ride at the end of the season. He returned to the Busch Series to drive the #8 TIC Financial Systems Ford. He picked up three wins and finished fourth in points. Towards the end of the season, he was hired by Robert Yates Racing to replace the injured Ernie Irvan in the Cup series. In twelve races, he finished in the top-ten three times. Wallace and FILMAR began racing in Cup full-time 1996 with funding from Square D. he following season, he won two poles, at Bristol and Martinsville respectively. Despite seven top-tens in 1998, Wallace and Square D left FILMAR to drive Andy Petree Racing's new #55 entry. he sole top-ten came in his second place finish to Dale Earnhardt, in the then Winston 500 which was Earnhardt's final victory. Wallace pushed Earnhardt to the front in four laps to the lead. In 2001 he concentrated full time on the Nationwide series, but he also filled in for Steve Park in the Cup Series winning one pole and nailing down two top-tens, including a second-place finish at Rockingham Speedway, tying a career best. In 2005 he began driving for Furniture Row Racing in the Cup Series that season, and ran seventeen races with them in 2006. After four top-tens in 2006, Furniture Row began racing full-time in Cup, so Wallace left PPC. Wallace was unable to keep the #78 in the top-35 in owner's points, and left the team in August. In 2008 after making the 50th Daytona 500, Wallace was black flagged in the Daytona 500 for failure to maintain the NASCAR-required speed and he finished last. Wallace final CUP start to date came at Talladega in 2008. He would wheel the Michael Waltrip owned Champion Mortgage Toyota to a 12th place finish. Wallace continued to compete in the Nationwide series, and in 2011 he joined RAB Racing, driving without a paycheck in exchange for getting to drive competitive equipment. Wallace recorded 11 top-ten finishes in 2011, with a best finish of fifth at Richmond. In October, he announced that he would return to the team in 2012. However, Wallace only ran the first 5 races before sponsorship issues forced him to move to a partial schedule. Since he stopped running in the CUP series he has raced in 125 Nationwide races. He posted two top five finishes. In 2014 Wallace only ran one Xfinity series race; and he ran only three additional races in 2015. during that span he posted a best finish of 15th at Iowa; which was the final care he has ran to this point. For his career Kenny has ran in 547 Xfinity races posting nine wins. He has also ran 344 CUP races with a best finish of second on three occasions.
MIKE WALLACE – 3/10/1959 - is an American stock car racing driver driver. Born in Fenton, Missouri, he formerly competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. He is a younger brother to Rusty Wallace, older brother to Kenny Wallace, and uncle to Steve Wallace. His daughter, Chrissy Wallace, and son, Matt Wallace, are also active in racing competition. Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut in 1990 at the season-closing Winston Classic at Martinsville Speedway. Starting twenty-fourth, Wallace finished sixth in the #40 Lowes Foods Chevrolet. The next season He also made his Winston Cup debut at the Pyroil 500, where he finished 31st in the Jimmy Means-owned car. In 1992, Wallace signed on with Moroso Racing to pilot the #20 First Ade Oldsmobile in the Nationwide series. Early in 1994, Wallace was hired by Junie Donlavey to drive his #90 Heilig-Meyers Ford Thunderbird in the Winston Cup Series. His season was capped off with a fifth-place finish at the Hooters 500. In the Busch Series, he won his first career race at Dover, followed by victories at The Milwaukee Mile and Indianapolis Raceway Park. The following season, Wallace failed to qualify for five races in the Cup series, and dropped a spot in the standings. His lone lead-lap finish came at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished 8th. Twelve races into the 1996 season, Wallace was released from his Cup ride with Donlavey. Wallace began 1997 with high hopes in the #91 LJ Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Joe Falk and Ron Neal. The team had moved up from the Busch Series and signed Spam as a full-time sponsor but after many DNQ's and a best finish of seventeenth at Texas Motor Speedway, the team lost its sponsor and Wallace found himself without a ride. Midway through the season, he left for the Truck series, driving the #52 Purolator Chevrolet Silverado for Ken Schrader Racing. Wallace returned to run the Truck Series full-time in 1998 for Schrader. Although he did not win that season, he won his first career NASCAR pole at New Hampshire International Speedway and had eleven top-tens en route to a thirteenth-place points finish. In 1999, he left Schrader to drive the #2 Team ASE Racing Ford F-150 for Ultra Motorsports. He won in his first race for Ultra at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and won again six races later at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He finished sixth in points. The following year, Wallace won an additional two truck races and moved up to fourth in points. After Ultra purchased the Mattei Motorsports #7 Nations Rent Cup team, Wallace was announced as the driver for 2001. Late in the season, Wallace was granted his release from Ultra, and joined Penske-Kranefuss Racing, driving the #12 Mobil 1 Ford Taurus as a teammate to his brother Rusty. In 2002 he began the season driving for Andy Petree for a pair of races, before financial problems caused that team to cease operations. In 2003, Biagi Bros. began racing full-time in the Busch Series with Wallace. Despite missing two races, Wallace had three top-tens and finished 13th in the final standings. In the Cup series, he had two top-tens driving for Phoenix, as well as making eight starts filling for Jerry Nadeau in the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix for MB2/MBV Motorsports. In 2004, at the mid-season race at Daytona, Wallace took the lead on the last lap and won his fourth career race, the first for Biagi in one of the biggest wins of his career. Wallace began driving for MMM full-time in 2005. Despite an eighth-place finish at the Pepsi 400, Wallace was released towards the end of the season by MMM. He began 2006 in the Truck Series running for HT Motorsports, but was released after finishing 31st in each of his first two starts. Already signed on to run Phoenix's Cup car, Miccosukee Resorts Dodge signed Wallace to be their full-time driver for the remainder of 2006 to replace Jason Keller, and had three top-five finishes. In 2007, Wallace piloted the #7 GEICO Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing with teammate J.J. Yeley. In 2008, Wallace, GEICO, and his car number moved from Phoenix Racing to Germain Racing, where he drove a Toyota Camry. He had eight top-tens and finished a career best eight in points. After he did not renew his contract with Germain, Wallace attempted the 2009 Daytona 500 for Kevin Buckler, but failed to make the race. On October 31, 2009 in the Mountain Dew 250 he raced the No. 48 for Fast Track Racing Enterprises in the Camping World Truck Series along with his daughter Chrissy Wallace. It was the first time that a father and daughter raced in the same race. Mike finished 28th after an accident and Chrissy finished 13th. At the end of the 2013 season Wallace announced his retirement from NASCAR racing.
RUSTY WALLACE – 8/14/1956 - is a retired NASCAR race car driver, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and the Lead Studio Analyst for Auto Racing at ABC and ESPN. Considered one of racing's most well-known and charismatic personalities, he is a member of all three of stock car racing's major halls of fame: the NASCAR Hall of Fame (inducted 2013), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2013) and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2010). Wallace finished second in his first NASCAR race at Atlanta 500 in 1980, having started 7th, driving for Roger Penske in the #16. He made nine further NASCAR appearances over the next three years, although he did not score any further top 10 finishes until he went full-time in 1984. Wallace joined the Sprint Cup circuit full-time in 1984, winning NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors and finishing 14th in the final points standings. He raced in the #88 Gatorade Pontiac for Cliff Stewart with the best finish of 4th in 30 races. Wallace stayed with Cliff Stewart for 1985, but this time in the #2 Alugard Pontiac. In 29 races, Wallace had 2 top 5s and 8 top 10s. For 1986 he switched teams to the #27 Alugard Pontiac for Raymond Beadle's Blue Max Racing team. Rusty's first win came on April 6, 1986, at Bristol Motor Speedway. He also won at Martinsville on September 21. He finished the year with 2 wins, 4 top 5's and 16 top 10's in 29 races. Wallace developed his career further in 1988, scoring six victories including four of the final five races of the year. His wins came at Michigan, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, the final race ever at Riverside, and the season finale at Atlanta. In 1989, Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship,with crew chief Barry Dodson, by finishing 15th at the Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, to beating out close friend and fierce rival Dale Earnhardt who won the race, by twelve points. In 1990, Raymond Beadle switched sponsors, to Miller Genuine Draft. The four-year sponsorship deal was specifically tied to Wallace, meaning it went where the 1989 champ went. In 1991 Wallace took the Miller sponsorship with him to Penske Racing. and he continued in the #2 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac. He also won the 1991 IROC championship. While 1992 only carried him one win, the win at the Miller 400 was satisfying; it was the first win for Rusty in a car which arguably was Rusty's best known chassis for his career, one affectionately known as "Midnight". 1993 was arguably his most successful season despite two major accidents at Daytona and Talladega in which his car went airborne and flipped several times. He had already won the second race of the season Feb 28th 1993 at North Carolina Motor Speedway but also a sad one as his friend and reigning NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki was killed flying into Bristol Speedway in April 1993, because of this Rusty won the race at Bristol and in respect to Alan Kulwicki he did a "Polish victory lap"—turning his car around and driving around the track the wrong way, as made famous by Kulwicki. Every race Rusty won that year he did a "Kulwicki victory lap". He won all 3 races in April. In 1993, he won 10 of the 30 races but finished second in points. Penske switched to Fords in 1994. In 1996, sponsorship changed from Miller Genuine Draft to Miller beer sponsorship. In 1997, Miller changed the teams sponsorship to Miller Lite, replacing the black and gold with a blue and white scheme. In 1998, Wallace won the Bud Shootout at Daytona, the first win for Ford's new Taurus, and Wallace's only victory at NASCAR's premier track in a CUP car. In 2000 he secured his 50th career win at Bristol. He also won at Michigan, Pocono, and the night race at Bristol. The next year he won at California for his 54th career win. He won on what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 50th Birthday and paid tribute to him with an Earnhardt flag. In 2003, Penske Racing switched to Dodge, and appropriately, in 2004, Wallace won his 55th, (and final), race on a short track. On August 30, 2004 Wallace announced that the 2005 NASCAR Sprint Cup season would be his last as a full-time driver. Kurt Busch would replace Wallace in the number 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2006–2010. In 2012 Brad Keselowski drove the Blue Deuce to the CUP Championship driving for Penske. To date, Wallace has had 55 NASCAR Cup wins, which is tied for 8th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. They include victories at Charlotte as well as the series' last three road courses (Riverside, Infineon and Watkins Glen), but none at Daytona, Darlington, Indianapolis or Talladega. Rusty Wallace is known for being involved in several severe wrecks throughout his racing career. The first one happened in 1983, when Wallace was attempting the Daytona 500 through the Gatorade Twin 125's. He was tapped by Rick Wilson, got airborne, and went on a spectacular series of flips that left him hospitalized. His next flip came at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1988. Its beginning was unclear, but Wallace somehow managed to climb the wall and did a barrel roll. ESPN commentator Dr. Jerry Punch was the first responder, and possibly saved his life. In 1993, Rusty had two massive flips – both at plate tracks. The first was at the 1993 Daytona 500, where he was tapped by the crashing cars of Michael Waltrip and Derrike Cope, and barrel rolled down the back straightaway several feet in the air. Just 2 months later at Talladega, racing to the checkered flag, Rusty was tagged from behind by Dale Earnhardt, turned backwards, and flew into the air before violently flipping in the grass past the start-finish line, breaking a wrist. Earnhardt was visibly shaken by the incident and did make sure Wallace was okay by checking on him after the race had concluded. On January 25, 2006, it was announced that Rusty would cover auto racing events for ESPN and ABC. He joined the NASCAR broadcasting team for both networks when they started coverage of the sport in 2007. Up until 2012, Wallace owned and operated Rusty Wallace Racing, which fielded the #62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry driven by Michael Annett and the #66 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry driven by his son Steven Wallace. This operation has been temporarily suspended due to the loss of sponsorship. In late 2005, Wallace broke ground on his "Signature Design Speedway" in Newton, Iowa. The Iowa Speedway had its first race on September 15, 2006 and hosted many races in 2007 including an IndyCar race. The track is noted for its structural similarity to Richmond International Raceway, where Wallace has won six times. The Iowa Speedway hosted its first NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 2009. For his career Wallace had 706 starts getting 55 wins, and 202 top five finishes. He won the World 600 at Charlotte in 1990. He was a short track and road course ace. Of his 55 wins he won six time on a road course and a whopping 25 times at the short tracks.
STEVE WALLACE – 8/18/1987 - is an American stock car racing driver. A part-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 97 Chevrolet for Adrian Carriers Racing, he is the son of 1989 Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace and the nephew of NASCAR drivers Kenny and Mike Wallace. In 2005, he ran nearly the entire season in USAR Hooters Pro Cup competition. He finished with 3 Top 10 finishes and qualified for the post-season championship series. A day after Steve turned 18, he became the youngest winner at a Michigan International Speedway event in an ARCA race while driving a Penske Racing Dodge sponsored by Kodak. He also finished 15th in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park. Wallace raced 17 races in the Top-Flite #64 Dodge Nationwide Series car in 2006. For the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Season he would race full-time. He won his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. Steve Wallace won his second pole on June 9, 2007 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. His first career top five came at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2008. At the beginning of the 2012 season, he was without a car because of the temporary closure of Rusty Wallace Racing. The loss of sponsorship was due in large part to Steve's driving and constant crashing. Wallace made his Cup Series debut in the 2011 Daytona 500. Penske Racing transferred the owner points of his #77, whose 30th place finish in 2010 guaranteed Wallace a start. He drove the #77 Toyota, sponsored by 5 Hour Energy. That is his lone CUP series start, and is currently without a ride in any division of NASCAR.
DARRELL WALTRIP – 2/5/1947 - is an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, former racing car driver, a 3-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, (1981, 1982, 1985), a 3-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up, (1979, 1983, 1986), winner of the 1989 Daytona 500. Waltrip is the winner of 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including 12 wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, seven of which were consecutive wins beginning in 1981. He is a 2-time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award, (1989, 1990), was the "American Driver of the Year", (1979, 1981, 1982), and was named "NASCAR's Driver of the Decade", (1980s). Waltrip started in NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR's top racing series at age 25. Waltrip finished 38th in his first NASCAR race after retiring on lap 69 due to engine failure. The car was sponsored by Terminal Transport of Owensboro, Kentucky. The early years found Waltrip competing against legendary stock car racers such as Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, and Bobby Allison, among others. Waltrip soon earned the respect of his more experienced peers. He was given the #95 as a number but Waltrip preferred car #17 because his hero, David Pearson, had success with the number in earlier years. His first Winston Cup victory coming at his home track, May 10, 1975, at age 28. Except for five races in 1973, driving for Bud Moore Engineering, Waltrip primarily drove his own cars at the beginning of his NASCAR career until the middle of the 1975 Winston Cup season when he was signed to a multi-year contract and replaced driver Donnie Allison to drive the #88 DiGard Chevrolet. Waltrip would compete in eleven races in the 1975 season for DiGard, sponsored by Terminal Transport, and get his second career NASCAR Winston Cup victory October 12, 1975, in the Capital City 500, in Richmond, Virginia. During the early years of Waltrip's career, his wife, Stevie Waltrip, was the first NASCAR wife to attend the races and sit in the pit box. Stevie learned to calculate fuel mileage, a hugely important function in the sport, and would monitor the race listening to radio communications between the crew chief and Waltrip. In 1976, Gatorade became Waltrip’s primary sponsor as he started his first full race season at age 29, driving the DiGard Gatorade Chevrolet. In 1977 and 1978, working with legendary Nascar crew chief Buddy Parrott, he won six times each year, including his first of four career victories at the Talladega Superspeedway. On September 23, 1979, after winning pole position and leading 184 laps at the Old Dominion 500, at Martinsville, Virginia, Waltrip experienced engine failure. The DiGard team pitted the car and made a rare mid-race engine change in a record 11 minutes. Waltrip closed out the 1970s driving the #88 DiGard Chevrolet, sponsored by Gatorade, ranked NASCAR's #2 driver, having won 22 NASCAR Winston Cup races in just 149 race starts. His aggressive driving style and outspoken demeanor earned him the nickname "Jaws". The nickname was given to Waltrip by rival Cale Yarborough in an interview after Waltrip crashed Yarborough out of a race. At the height of his NASCAR Winston Cup success in the early 1980s, fans often booed Waltrip, in large part because of his success on the track defeating more established drivers with large fan followings, but also because of his open criticism of NASCAR, his aggressive "take no prisoners", and "win at all costs" approach to driving. But, Waltrip, the constant focus of national media attention, dominated all aspects of the sport in the early and middle years of the 80's. Ironically, it was Waltrip's rival and long-time nemesis Cale Yarborough, the hard-charging, and hugely successful driver for legendary driver/owner Junior Johnson, that privately told Waltrip that he intended to cut back on his racing appearances and leave the highly coveted Junior Johnson team at the end of the 1980 season, opening the position for a new driver. Waltrip, the most successful NASCAR driver at the time, was offered NASCAR's top ride by Johnson, but only if Waltrip could successfully negotiate an early termination of his contract with DiGard for which Waltrip was contractually obligated to drive the following season. After negotiations with Bill Gardner, and Gatorade's concern with the differences between Waltrip and DiGard, Waltrip bought out his contract with DiGard, driving his final race for them November 15, 1980. The Junior Johnson-prepared cars were considered by most in the sport to be the best ride in NASCAR Winston Cup at the time. Waltrip's success driving the Junior Johnson prepared cars came immediately and even surpassed the highly successful years he had with DiGard. In his first two years as driver for the Mountain Dew sponsored, Junior Johnson prepared Buick Regal, Waltrip won 12 races each year. It was during the early 1980s, with Junior Johnson, that Waltrip first worked with Jeff Hammond, a pit crewman for Johnson. Hammond was at first skeptical of Waltrip's driving style since it differed so much from the former driver for whom he worked, Cale Yarborough. Waltrip and Hammond would benefit from each other's knowledge and abilities and would work together for most of their careers in the sport. Waltrip and Hammond work together, even today, as broadcaster and analyst at Fox Sports, and Speed TV. Waltrip would continue his unprecedented success driving for Junior Johnson through the 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup season, winning his third NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. Waltrip had opened a Honda dealership in his home town of Franklin, Tennessee, with the help of his friend, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. During the 1986 season, Waltrip and Hendrick discussed the possibility of Waltrip joining the Hendrick organization, which fielded cars for Geoff Bodine and Tim Richmond and the two discussed the potential of Waltrip moving to a new team. Waltrip was still under contract with Johnson for the 1986 season, but following the year he was able to break the contract in a unique way. Waltrip gained his release by purposely breaking one of Johnson's cardinal rules: asking for a raise (Johnson forbade his drivers from discussing money matters, including raises, with him). After signing, Hendrick formed a third team for Waltrip, carrying the #17 and sponsored by Tide. In 1987, his first year with Hendrick Motorsports, Waltrip had limited success, He won only 1 race (at the Goody's 500) and had 6 top-five finishes. In 1988, he won twice, including his fourth Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) win. In the first scheduled NASCAR event of 1989, the 1989 Daytona 500, Waltrip won the race for the first time, in his 17th career attempt with a fuel conservation strategy along with his long-time crew-chief Jeff Hammond, making his final pit stop for fuel a distant 53 laps, (132 miles), from the finish. Jeff Hammond, interviewed by television pit reporters during the final stint of the race, said that his strategy was for Waltrip to "draft off anybody, and everybody", to save fuel. Even though Waltrip's car ran much slower than other cars in the last 53 laps, he was able to avoid making the additional pit stop for fuel that the other cars had to make. Waltrip's popularity as a driver would come full circle on the evening of The Winston, a NASCAR allstar racing event held May 21, 1989, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On the final lap, Waltrip was leading the race and poised to win when Rusty Wallace hit Waltrip's car exiting the 4th turn and spun Waltrip into the infield costing him the victory and the $200,000 purse. Not only was Waltrip and his crew upset at being knocked out of the victory, the 150,000 fans watching the race issued boos to the winner, Rusty Wallace. The two crews scuffled in the pits and harsh words were said after the race. Waltrip was quoted after the race as saying "I hope he chokes on it", meaning the $200,000 that Wallace collected for the victory. Waltrip's car was clearly superior to that of Wallace and, had it not been for the contact initiated by Wallace on the final lap, Waltrip would have won the all-star event. During the 1989, and 1990 seasons, Waltrip was voted Nascar's Most Popular Driver by fans. Waltrip would win 6 NASCAR Winston Cup races in 1989. For many reasons, Waltrip was unable to carry his success of the previous year into 1990. Waltrip failed to visit victory lane all season. After his 4th season as driver for Hendrick Motorsports, Waltrip formed his own team to field cars in the 1991 CUP season. Driving his own cars had been his passion since he successfully drove his own cars in his early NASCAR career in the early and mid-'70s. He would continue his relationship with Chevrolet and drive a Chevrolet Lumina with Western Auto as the primary team sponsor. In the 1991 season, Waltrip visited victory lane twice, his first win in his second stint as owner/driver came in only the 7th race of the ’91 season on April 21, 1991, in the First Union 400, at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Just two races after celebrating his second win of 1991, Waltrip would again be involved in another serious crash, again at the Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida. It came after completing the 119th of 160 laps. Waltrip’s car slowed and was collected by driver Joe Ruttman’s car, both cars sliding sideways several hundred feet on the grassy infield. The tires of Waltrip’s car clipped the edge of an access road causing it to become airborne and tumbling end over end several times before coming to a stop, up-side down, in a grassy area near turn 3. Waltrip was extricated and only suffered minor injuries. In 1992, Waltrip collected three more wins, including the Mountain Dew Southern 500. That would be Waltrip’s 84th, and final NASCAR career victory, tying him with Bobby Allison for what was then third on the all-time list, behind Richard Petty, with 200 wins, and David Pearson, with 105 wins. Both he and Allison have since been passed by Jeff Gordon. At the 1997 UAW-GM Quality 500, Waltrip failed to qualify for the first time in over 20 years. After the season, Waltrip and his team were struggling to find sponsors, but were able to put together a last-minute deal with the Ohio-based company Speedblock for 1998. Speedblock only paid portions of what was promised, and the deal was canceled. Waltrip’s team at this point was nearly insolvent, and he sold the team to Tim Beverly. In 1998 Waltrip signed with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to drive the #1 Pennzoil Chevy, filling in for injured rookie Steve Park. During his tenure with DEI, Waltrip posted a fifth place finish at the California 500, and led in the final stages of the Pocono 500 and finished sixth. In 2008, Waltrip admitted the reason that he failed as a driver-owner team was because he thought like a driver, not as an owner. On August 5, 1999, Waltrip announced during the practice session for the Brickyard 400 that he was to retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2000 season following a farewell tour. After a brief flirtation with retirement, Waltrip signed to drive the #66 Big K Ford Taurus for Haas-Carter Motorsports, and teammate with Jimmy Spencer. Waltrip failed to qualify seven times during that season with a new qualifying rule for the Past Champion's Provisional. During his retirement year of 2000, Waltrip's best run came at the Brickyard 400, where he qualified on the outside pole and finished eleventh. His final race came November 19, 2000, in the Napa 500, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. After his 2000 retirement, Waltrip signed with Fox, to be lead NASCAR analyst and race commentator on the network's NASCAR telecasts, teaming with Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds. Waltrip began his career with Fox, in the 2001 Daytona 500, the first race of 2001. His younger brother, Michael Waltrip, won the race, but Michael's victory was overshadowed by the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt and Waltrip were bitter rivals on the track during the 1980s. Earnhardt envied Waltrip's status as Nascar's top driver. But, as the year's passed, the rivalry and bitterness gave way to a deep respect and close friendship between the two. On the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Waltrip's joy at his brother's victory turned to sadness and grief on live national television as Waltrip called the final moments of the race. A week after Daytona, Waltrip interviewed NASCAR President Mike Helton for a pre-race segment during the broadcast at North Carolina Speedway (Rockingham). Waltrip believed that four deaths in the previous ten months, all caused by basilar skull fractures incurred in accidents, were too many, and was not shy about asking Helton for an explanation. As a long-time advocate for motorsports safety, Waltrip then pushed for mandatory head-and-neck restraints, and two weeks later, demonstrated the device during the broadcast at Atlanta Motor Speedway, explaining the benefits and how the device worked. Seven months later, NASCAR mandated the devices. Waltrip is considered by most in the racing community as a true ambassador to the sport of motor racing. He is a passionate promoter of all forms of racing, especially American stock car auto racing. Waltrip is recognized by many who closely follow motorsports as NASCAR's first "total package" driver. He was media savvy, articulate, attractive and possessed the driving skills that would take him to the pinnacle of the sport. His style attracted big-budget sponsors that are necessary to fund the multi-million dollar NASCAR teams. As a Fox Sports analyst and broadcaster, Waltrip's opinions, views and comments carry considerable weight with drivers, team owners, fans and NASCAR heads. Waltrip has never been shy about expressing his views, even if controversial. His critical comments about safety have played a significant role in many safety innovations current drivers enjoy today including the "HANS", (head and neck restraining device, credited for saving the lives of many drivers in all forms of motorsports), "soft walls" or "SAFER" (steel and foam energy reduction), barriers, "full face" helmets, and the new cars now driven by all NASCAR drivers.
MICHAEL WALTRIP – 4/30/1963 - is a professional race car driver, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, racing commentator, and published author. He is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion and racing commentator Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500; having won the race in 2001 and 2003. He is also a pre-race analyst for NASCAR on FOX. He currently drives the No. 55 Toyota Camry part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Waltrip made his Cup debut in 1985 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte driving for Dick Bahre. He finished 28th. For Waltrip, 1990 was memorable for a horrific crash at Bristol in the spring where he destroyed his Busch Series Pontiac. Waltrip, after making contact with Steve Grissom, hit a turn-out gate at the corner exit, broke the gate and went head-on into the end of the wall, disintegrating the car on impact and collapsing the car into itself. Onlookers were sure that Waltrip was hurt because of how massive it was but his brother Darrell Waltrip having rushed to the wreck confirmed officially he was alive. Waltrip only suffered cuts, soreness, and bruises in the incident. In 1991, he gained new sponsorship from Pennzoil. He came close to winning the 1991 Transouth 500 with the team but had an incident that put him out of the running. Waltrip would have to wait 10 more years to get his first win. In 1996 he joined Wood Brothers Racing to drive their No. 21 Citgo Ford. In 2001 Waltrip was hired by Dale Earnhardt to drive his team's new #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo entry. In his first race with the team, the 2001 Daytona 500, Waltrip broke a streak of 462 consecutive Cup races without a victory and won his first career points-paying Cup race. Unfortunately, the win itself was overshadowed by Dale Earnhardt, Sr.'s death on the last lap. Waltrip was not aware of Earnhardt's death until a half-hour later when celebrating in victory lane when Ken Schrader, whose car had been collected by Earnhardt's car in the same crash, and had been treated and released from the infield care center, informed him that Earnhardt had been taken to Halifax Medical Center. Waltrip did not have another top-ten finish until returning to Daytona in July, where he finished second while holding off the field as teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his first plate race. In 2003 Waltrip won a rain-shortened Daytona 500 and also took victory at the EA Sports 500 at Talladega (his only non-Daytona win). Waltrip moved his NASCAR Nationwide Series team, Michael Waltrip Racing, full-time for the 2007 season. He hired Dale Jarrett and David Reutimann to race in the three car operation. After the first round of qualifying for the 2007 Daytona 500, NASCAR inspectors found evidence in the engine manifold that Waltrip's team had used an illegal fuel additive. NASCAR confiscated the car, forcing Waltrip to move to a back-up for the Daytona 500. After a 30th place finish in the Daytona 500, Waltrip became the first driver in series history to go into the second race of the season with a negative number of points (-27). Waltrip failed to qualify for the next eleven races following the Daytona 500, so he maintained his negative point total for almost 4 months. On Saturday April 7, 2007 he fell asleep behind the wheel of his Toyota Land Cruiser which overturned and hit a utility pole. Waltrip crawled out from the car suffering only minor cuts. He was charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident. On February 10, 2008, Michael qualified second for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, which guaranteed him a second place start in the race. Waltrip started the race with "gold wheels" on his car in tribute to the golden anniversary of the Daytona 500; after the race the wheels were signed and sold to benefit NASCAR charities. In early 2009, Waltrip announced that he would be sharing the No. 99 NNS Aaron's dream machine with David Reutimann and Scott Speed during the season. On May 25, 2009 Waltrip scored his first win as an owner in Sprint Cup Series competition in the Coca-Cola 600, with David Reutimann winning the event. Waltrip also announced Martin Truex Jr. will be joining Michael Waltrip Racing as the driver of the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota full-time in 2010. In 2013, Waltrip will drive three races in the No. 55 during the season; in addition, he entered the 2013 Daytona 500 driving the #30 Toyota for Swan Racing. In his first race in the #55 for the season at Talladega, Waltrip finished fourth. He also ran at Daytona in July and finished 5th. When he isn't racing, he is a NASCAR race commentator. Michael Waltrip Racing fielded three cars for the 2013 season. Martin Truex raced the NAPA sponsored #56, Clint Bowyer drive the #15 Hour Energy Sponsored Toyota, while Mark Martin and Brian split driving duties in the #55 Aarons Dream machine. The last race before the chase (at Richmond) there was an intense battle to see who would grab the last spot to get into the chase. Late in the race Truex teammate intentionally spun out to bring out a yellow to give Truex a better shot at making the Chase. The plan worked and Truex got the last spot. However NASCAR and TV intercepted the radio broadcast and it was confirmed Bowyer intentionally had spun to alter the outcome of the race. Bowyer was fined $100,000, Waltrip racing was fined $100,000 and Truex was removed from the Chase. At the end of the season NAPA dropped their sponsorship with Waltrip racing because of the incident, and Truex and NAPA moved to Furniture Row racing for the 2014. As 2017 kicks off It seems as though Waltrip's race career has about ran it's course. Since 2010 he has pretty much only ran the races at Daytona and Talladega. Through 2015 he drove for his own team. Starting in 2016 he drove those races for others. He has hopes of running the races at Daytona and Talladega again this season. Waltrip has been a TV commentator for the Camping World Truck series events the last couple years. For his career Waltrip has started 783 CUP races over 32 years. He has won on four occasions and posted 41 top 5 and 132 top 10. He also won 11 times in the Xfinity series and once on the truck series.
JOE WEATHERLY – 5/29/1922 - 1/19/1964 - was a two-time NASCAR championship driver. Weatherly was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009 after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championships in 1962 and 1963. Weatherly enjoyed behaving outrageously. He once took practice laps wearing a Peter Pan suit. Moreover, he frequently stayed out partying until the early hours, usually with fellow driver and good time buddy Curtis Turner. This behavior earned him the nickname "The Clown Prince of Racing". He won three American Motorcycle Association (AMA) nationals between 1946 and 1950, including the prestigious Laconia Classic 100 Mile road race in 1948. Weatherly began racing cars in 1950. "Little Joe" won the first modified event that he entered. He won 49 of the 83 car races that he entered that season. In 1952 he won the NASCAR Modified National crown, and he again won 49 of 83 car races that he entered. Weatherly won 52 more races in 1953, and won the Modified National crown again. In 1956 he moved into the NASCAR Grand National series (now Sprint Cup.) He drove a factory-sponsored Ford car for Pete DePaolo Engineering. In 1957 and 1958 he drove for Holman-Moody. In 1959, Weatherly would score six finishes in the "top five" and ten finishes in the top ten. Weatherly won NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award in 1961. He won two consecutive championships in 1962 and 1963 for Bud Moore Engineering. Moore did not have enough resources to run the full season, so Weatherly frequently "bummed a ride". Weatherly died on January 19, 1964 from head injuries sustained in a racing accident at the fifth race of the 1964 season at Riverside International Raceway. His head went outside the car and struck a retaining wall, killing him instantly. Weatherly was not wearing a shoulder harness, and did not have a window net installed on his vehicle, because he was afraid of being trapped in a burning car. It helped institute roll cages and bars to keep drivers hands and head inside the car. The Riverside Raceway map is on his grave as a final joke because Weatherly was a joker. By the way, Weatherly is the only reigning NASCAR champion ever to lose his life on the track. His crash also set an ominous tone for the year as, along with Weatherly, Fireball Roberts, Eddie Sachs, Dave MacDonald, Jimmy Pardue, and others were killed in 1964, and Weatherly's replacement, Billy Wade, was killed in a tire test at Daytona in 1965. Weatherly raced in NASCAR from 1952-1964. He had 230 starts and collected 25 wins. He also ran in 96 Convertible series, and grabbed 12 wins there.
BOB WELBORN – 5/5/1928 - 8/10/1997 - is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He was named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998. He won the final three NASCAR Convertible Division championships in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Welborn drove in 11 Grand National events in 1953 for Julian Petty and J.O. Goode’s. Welborn drove in 32 of 45 events in Julian Petty and his own cars. He won the pole at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Welborn finished fourth in the 1955 points. Welborn won his first race at Martinsville in 1957, but did not cross the finish line. Lewis "Possum" Jones relieved Welborn half way through the race, but NASCAR always credits the driver who started the car. He had 1 win and 3 Top-10 finished in 5 events. Welborn had four straight wins (and five total), 1 pole, 10 Top-5, and 15 Top-10 finishes in 1958. He made his last NASCAR start in 1964 while driving for Holman-Moody. For his career he ran in 183 NASCAR CUP events, posting 9 wins. He ran all four season that NASCAR had a convertible series and won the championship three of them. He ran 111 races, and won 19 times.
REX WHITE – 8/17/1929 - is a retired Irish auto racer and NASCAR champion. White was one of the drivers who competed for the original Ford racing team. He began racing in 1956, grabbing fourteen top-ten finishes. After a part-time run in 1957, White won twice in 1958. His most notable year came in 1960, when he won six races, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Throughout most of White's NASCAR career, he drove General Motors brand cars, typically painted gold and white, sporting the number "4" on the side. Rex White started racing in NASCAR in 1956, when the premier stock-car racing sport was known as the Grand National division. He started 24 races in 1956 and finished in the top 10 on 14 occasions, as well as finishing second in the final NASCAR Short Track standings, a lower division of the NASCAR Grand Nationals. In 1958 White moved from Washington to Spartanburg in order to join forces with Louis Clements, his friend, partner, and chief mechanic. White and Clements proceeded to build their first late-model Chevy, and started competing together in the NASCAR circuit. White competed a total of 22 times of the 55 races that year, winning his first NASCAR race at the season-opening event. At the age of 29, White ran in 23 of 44 NASCAR races, winning five times and capturing five pole positions. White's first and only championship came in 1960, and his first win of the season occurred in the ninth event of the season. Through the remainder of the season, White won 6 more of his 28 career victories. White finished outside the top 10 in finishing position only 5 times throughout the 40 starts of that 1960 season. By the end of that 1960 season, he also notched the Most Popular Driver Award, and the Driver of the Year awards. In 1961 White won seven races, and finished second in points. White competed in 37 events throughout the 1962 season, winning a career-best 8 times, and finished the season fifth in points. When reflecting back on his racing career, White considered his victory at the 1962 Atlanta speedway one of his best: "My best finish was over Marvin Panch in the 4 car right here in Atlanta in the 1962 Dixie 400. The last fuel stop was out of sequence and my crew chief put on the pit board that he questioned my gas. ... So I knew we weren't going to make it to the end without fueling. I hung on to Marvin and just drafted. He ran out of gas with two laps to go, and I went all the way to the bank. From 1959 through the 1963 season, White won more races (28) than any other driver; including legends Lee and Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly and Buck Baker. White was known for running up front even if he did not finish. He was also recognized as one of the first drivers to focus on the goal of the Grand National title. Despite racing without substantial backing, he captured 36 poles and had total of 28 career victories in 233 starts. White finished in the top-10 in the point standings six of the nine years he competed in NASCAR. Standing only five feet, four inches and weighing 135 pounds, Rex White was the smallest man to ever capture the NASCAR championship. White's 163 top 10 finishes in 233 races, which calculates to about 70%, is unlikely to be topped due to the parity and longevity of today's drivers. Only Tim Flock comes close to such record numbers.
COLE WHITT – 6/22/1991 - is an American stock car driver. After advancing his way through Kart racing, Whitt moved up to sprint cars and became a development driver for Red Bull. After running in the Camping World Series East, Whitt made his NASCAR debut in 2010. The younger cousin of Brandon Whitt, he is a candidate for Rookie of the Year in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Cole Whitt started his race career in go karts. After winning championships in go-karts, Whitt moved up to sprint cars in 2004. Whitt was quickly noticed by Red Bull. In 2008 Whitt became the youngest winner of the USAC National Midget Championship, while winning the Hut Hundred. The next year Whitt raced in Silver Crown, Sprints, and Midgets, earning 17 wins driving for Keith Kunz. Whitt moved up to stock cars in 2010. Whitt ran for the Camping World East Series championship, where he impressed by winning the pole in his first start at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Whitt eventually finished fourth in points. Whitt was rewarded with making his Nationwide Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway, where he made the race and finished 15th. He rove a third Red Bull Racing Team entry in the Sprint Cup Series in the final two races of the season at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. With the closing of Red Bull's racing program after the 2011 season, Whitt signed a contract with JR Motorsports to drive that team's #88 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series in 2012, competing for Rookie of the Year honors. He also competed on a start and park basis in the Sprint Cup Series in selected races for Turn One Racing and Circle Sport. In 2013, Whitt and JR Motorsports parted ways with the team citing lack of sponsorship. He has since joined forces with Tri-Star Motorsports, driving their 44 Nationwide entry from Dover onward. He earned his first top-ten of the year with an eighth-place finish at Road America. Late in the season, he ran seven Sprint Cup races with Swan Racing Company as a replacement for David Stremme. The team then hired him for the full 2014 season. As of the start of the 2014 season Whitt had made 14 CUP starts; but he raced full time in 2014 and 2015; Mostly for BK Racing and Bob Jenkins. He ran 26 races in 2016 driving for Jay Robinson. All of the teams are small teams without benefit of a large budget. So far Whitt's best finish has been an 11th place run at Daytona in 2016. He also has several top 20 finishes in races at Talladega and Daytona. As the 2017 Daytona 500 approaches; Whitt is still looking for ride for the season.
SCOTT WIMMER – 1/26/1976 - is a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. He drives for Wild Motorsports. He has a total of 6 wins in the Nationwide Series. Wimmer made his NASCAR debut in 2000, when he was signed to drive the No. 20 AT&T Pontiac Grand Prix for Bill Davis Racing in the Busch Series. He also made his Winston Cup debut at Atlanta, driving a car he had originally intended to drive at an ARCA RE/MAX Series race that weekend. The qualifying session was rained out for that race, and he was able to take his No. 23 car and enter in the Cup race. He finished 22nd and led 9 laps in that race. He was named Davis' permanent driver of the No. 23 Jani-King Pontiac in the Nationwide series in 2001. He had two top-five finishes, eight top-ten finishes and finished 11th in points, second to Greg Biffle for the Rookie of the Year title. Wimmer won four races in the fall of that season at Dover, Memphis, Phoenix and Homestead, and finished 3rd in points. Davis was able to get Siemens sponsorship for Wimmer to run 7 races in a No. 27 car in the Cup Series, but Wimmer was only able to make two of them. He got a full-time sponsor in Stacker 2/YJ Stinger/Stamina Rx in 2003, but after losing crew chief Bootie Barker and switching to Chevrolet, he won only one race at Pikes Peak with 4 top-five finishes. Wimmer ran two races in the No. 27 YJ Stinger Chevrolet finishing 24th in both races at Bristol and New Hampshire. With four races left in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Wimmer was promoted to drive Bill Davis Racing's No. 22 Caterpillar Inc. Dodge. In his second race in the No. 22, he earned his first Cup Series top-ten finish (a 9th) at Phoenix. At the end of the season, Wimmer was named the full time driver for 2004 in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge. Before the 2004 season, he was arrested in High Point, North Carolina for driving while intoxicated. He was later convicted and sentenced to probation and 24-hour community service. He began the year with a very strong performance at the Daytona 500, and appeared in contention to win after the final set of pit stops, but without drafting help, Wimmer was easily overtaken by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart, and ended up finishing third. He ran the full season again in 2005, but did not finish higher than 11th in a race that season. He was dismissed from Davis by mail at the end of the season after ending up 32nd in points. Wimmer joined Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2006 to drive their No. 4 Aero Exhaust Chevy. The team lost the Aero sponsorship during the summer of the season, and he left the team following the race at Kansas Speedway. In 2007, he joined Richard Childress Racing as a test driver. He competed 23 races between the No. 21 AutoZone and No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevys in the Nationwide series. Due to a lack of sponsorship, he was released from Childress and he spent the 2009 season splitting time between the No. 5 Fastenal Chevy for JR Motorsports. In 2010, Wimmer decided to only drive high quality equipment in the Nationwide Series. Because of this, Wimmer started the season without a ride. He got a two race ride with JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet at Bristol and Nashville. He was able to get finishes of 10th and 7th respectively. Wimmer then earned a three race ride with Baker Curb Racing in the No. 27 Red Man Ford. His best finish with them was a 7th at Kentucky Speedway. Any hopes to continue with them ended when their Red Man sponsorship expired. Wimmer started the 2011 Nationwide Series season driving the No. 40 for Key Motorsports earning a best finish of 12th at Talladega before leaving after the 11th race due to a lack of sponsorship. Wimmer was also able to run a few Sprint Cup Series races in 2011 for Robby Gordon Motorsports. For his career Wimmer ran in 111 CUP races over nine seasons. He best finish was the third at Daytona. He also ran ten season in the Nationwide series, compiling six wins.
JOSH WISE – 2/7/1983 - is an American stock car driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 98 Chevrolet SS for Phil Parsons Racing. In 2007, it was announced that Wise would drive part-time for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in conjunction with Michael Waltrip Racing. In nine races in the No. 00 Aaron's. Inc. Toyota, Wise earned two top 10s, including a career best 6th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Also in 2007, Wise made his Nationwide Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Driving the No. 22 Family Dollar Dodge for Fitz Motorsports, he started 29th and finished on the lead lap in 17th. In 2008, he ran 17 races in the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge for Fitz and the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He also made one Sprint Cup Series attempt at Martinsville Speedway, failing to qualify in the No. 73 Dodge owned by Barry Haefele. After the 2009 season, it was announced that Wise had signed with Specialty Racing to run full-time in 2010. He raced in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Go Daddy. In 2010, he attempted to qualify for Sprint Cup races at Dover Texas for Robert Richardson but was unsuccessful. In 2012, Wise ran the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule for The Motorsports Group. He also competed full-time, except for the Daytona 500, in the Sprint Cup Series, competing for Rookie of the Year, driving the Front Row Motorsports No. 26. On November 26, 2013, Wise announced that he had left Front Row Motorsports; on December 4 and it was revealed he would drive for car owner Mike Curb. He posted a season best 20th at Daytona in July. He drove the first half of 2015 for Curb before running the second part of the season for various owners. In 2015 his best finish was tenth while still with Curb; but after leaving his best was only 29th. 2016 saw Wise drive full time for owner Curtis Key of The Motorsports Group. His best finish was 24th at Kentucky while missing the field on five occasions..