Rusty Wallace spent some time ON PIT ROW on Tuesday night.
Rusty talked about his ownership and design of Iowa Speedway and the new Riverside Motorsports Park to be located outside of Fresno California. The 7/8ths mile oval will have a replica of the old Riverside road course inside the oval; much like Iowa Speedway has its 2.5 mile road course inside.
The ESPN/ABC broadcaster told of his relationship with his broadcast partners, Jerry Punch and Andy Petree and how they have progressed through the NASCAR season. Rusty believes the team will be even stronger in 2008. He said is now a broadcaster first and his many other responsibilities are able to be juggled around that.
Rusty Wallace Inc. Racing will be expanding to two teams to compete on the Nationwide Series in 2008 with David Stremme and 18 year old, Chase Austin sharing the new #64 Atreus Homes/Jimmy Johns Chevrolet. Wallace's son, Steven, will continue as the full time driver of the #66 with similar sponsorship. The move from Dodges in 2007 to Chevrolet in 2008 will mean Richard Childress Racing will supply engines for the team.
The CoT was on Rusty's mind as he agreed with Fox Sports and Speed's Larry McReynolds:
"The cure for the CoT is stickier tires. That's all it will take. Call them stickier or softer or whatever; when you have equal cars with hard tires there is no chance for good racing. Let the tires wear faster like they do at places like Darlington and you'll get some great racing--in multiple grooves."
Rusty gave is views on The Chase and how it has affected Jeff Gordon and NASCAR.
To hear the entire interview with Rusty and the rest of ON PIT ROW; tune in to www.racetalkradio.com on Thursday night 11-29-2007 at 7pm ET.
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