After a strong NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, 20 year-old Chrissy Wallace will be back in the Germain Racing #03 Tundra Friday night in The Milwaukee Mile’s Camping World RV Sales 200. Wallace, who’s never seen the track other than in video games, will rely heavily on her father’s advice and her Tundra crew to help her adapt to the one-mile circuit.
"Really everything I know about The Milwaukee Mile has come from my dad. He’s talked about how the track is and what you gotta do to get a good lap there. Dad says the track is a lot like Martinsville, only bigger, and the strategy is the same – I have to run competitively but not knock the nose off the Germain Toyota Tundra because I’ll need to have it there for racing at the end," said Wallace.
Chrissy Wallace’s father, Mike, a winner at TMM, will race Saturday night in the GEICO Camry at Milwaukee. The competition level is high between father and daughter for this weekend’s NASCAR racing action.
"Dad has won at Milwaukee, and he just finished third at Kentucky last weekend. He told me he’s going to get a better finish on Saturday night than what I get on Friday night in the Germain Toyota Tundra. I told him to bring his A-game – I told him I will out-run him. He says he’ll out-do me. It would be pretty cool if we both get good results this weekend," said Wallace.
While Mike Wallace will spend Friday atop the spotter’s stand, coaching his daughter, crew chief Mike Abner will call the shots for Chrissy Wallace and the Germain Toyota Tundra from the pits.
"Mike Abner is very easy to talk to. He’s worked with a lot of different drivers over the years and he knows how to win. You can give him all your feedback and he’ll work with it and get the truck right for you," said Wallace of working with Abner.
Wallace, who made her NCTS debut at Martinsville Speedway (starting 35th and finishing 18th on the lead lap) with Germain Racing this past March, is scheduled to run several more races with Germain this season. The team would like to see her race for rookie of the year in 2009.
"Ideally, we'd like to see Chrissy Wallace in a fully-sponsored campaign for Raybestos Rookie of the Year in a Tundra for Germain Racing in 2009. We're very excited about working with Chrissy, we know she has a lot to offer to the NASCAR racing scene and to potential sponsors," said Germain Racing general manager Mike Hillman Sr.
Germain Racing has won two or more races each year for a total of 14 wins, 5 pole awards, nearly 60 top-five and over 85 top-ten finishes and 1400 laps led in the Truck Series since September of 2004.
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