Steve Wallace to make Sprint Cup debut at Daytona

Steve Wallace, son of former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace, will

make his Sprint Cup debut in the season-opening Daytona 500.

The 23-year-old Wallace will drive the No. 77 Toyota for his

father’s team, Rusty Wallace Racing. The entry is guaranteed a

starting spot in the 43-car field because Rusty Wallace is taking

over ownership points from Penske Racing.

Larry Carter, general manager for RWR, will serve as the team’s

crew chief.

Rusty Wallace believes the new pavement around Daytona

International Speedway will eliminate handling issues and level the

playing field in NASCAR’s premier event.

The younger Wallace has four top-15 finishes at Daytona in the

Nationwide Series. His father failed to win the Daytona 500 in 22

attempts.