Mike and Chrissy Wallace have officially announced they will compete against each other as competitors at Talladega Superspeedway in the Mountain Dew 250 at the Talladega Fueled by Fred's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 31.
As this marks the first time in NASCAR's history that a father and daughter have competed against each other in a national touring series.
Mike is the seasoned veteran, while Chrissy is a promising young talent chasing her dream of racing in NASCAR.
Mike has run 31 races at the track, in ARCA, Nationwide and Sprint Cup. He has a win in ARCA, and collected eight top-10 finishes combined in the three series.
Chrissy ran an impressive debut race at Talladega in 2008, in the ARCA Re/Max Series, where she started 27th and finished ninth.
The historic moment isn't lost on Mike who said, "We'd both love to see a large fan turnout to watch some NASCAR history.
"I mean, I may never be able to compete against her again.
"It's personally very rewarding to have the opportunity to compete against Chrissy at Talladega but the biggest reward is seeing a young person follow her dream and pursue her career.
"I'm happy that she's picked this avenue but most importantly, this is what she wants to do."
Chrissy ran six races for Germain Racing in 2008, with a career best finish of 18th, but more importantly she showed she had talent and needs more seat-time.
Sadly she's one of many young talented drivers who have been effected by the tough economy and are finding sponsor dollars to land a ride in NASCAR are scarce.
Mike has yet to announce anything regarding sponsor, team, and manufacturer for the race.
Chrissy will be racing for Rick Ware Racing, though no sponsor has been announced yet, and could possibly be in the No. 08 SS Green Light Racing truck.
I will put a update on this in my Camping World Update weekly news article, when it gets announced.
They both are still looking for additional sponsorship help but they each will race regardless. To anybody that wants to help out, they'd love to have you along for their historic ride. You can contact them through mikewallace.com or chrissywallace.com.
Talladega Superspeedway has stepped up to do their part to ensure race fans won't miss out and can afford to witness history being made by the Wallaces.
Ticket prices start at $40.00 for the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred's. They also have a special deal for children 11 and younger, who will receive free admission to watch the race in the General Admission grandstands with a ticketed adult.
Fans can get two-day race tickets for the Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Amp Energy 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race start as low as $60.00.
Ticket prices for just the AMP Energy 500 Cup race start as low as $40.00, but you're crazy if you pass up the chance to see the Trucks race on the 2.66 mile track.
In 2009, the Speedway is currently celebrating it's 40th anniversary of the most competitive racing in NASCAR.
You'll also want to check out the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at the track and the Talladega Texaco Walk of Fame located in downtown Talladega.
Race fans can AMP up with the Zac Brown Band and Southern Ground Record artists Levi Lowry, Nic Cowan, and Sonia Leigh who'll be performing that race weekend.
To order your tickets calol 1-877-Go2-Dega or visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
They have a number for the hearing impaired to call 1-866-472-8725.
You can also pick-up your tickets in person at the tracks ticket office, Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4PM Central Time.
It's exciting news, it's a huge historic moment for the Truck Series and let's hope it leads to Chrissy getting a full-time ride in 2010.
Photo Credit: chrissywallace.com
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