MOST PARENTS feel at times like they just can't keep up with their kids. For Mike Wallace that was literally the case in the Mountain Dew 250, a Camping World Truck Series event, at Talladega on Oct. 31. The 50-year-old Wallace, a longtime competitor at all levels of NASCAR, raced against his 21-year-old daughter, Chrissy, who was in her second season in the series. Chrissy had a solid run, finishing on the lead lap in 13th place. Mike got caught up in an accident and wound up 28th. "Following my dad for the first part of the race is what helped me out the most," said a gracious Chrissy afterward.
YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY....
AT THE Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Nov. 11, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined two-time Dancing with the Stars winner Julianne Hough on stage to introduce the Vocal Duo of the Year, Sugarland. Hmm, any chance that the runners-up in that category were Little E and former crew chief Tony Eury Jr.?
DROPPING IN, TEXAS-STYLE
IN HONOR of Veterans Day, officials at Texas Motor Speedway arranged to have the pace car for the Dickies 500 delivered to the speedway in an Army Reserve CH-47 Chinook helicopter out of Olathe, Kans. The chopper landed at the end of pit road and opened its cargo bay, at which point the 2010 Camaro SS was driven out by U.S. Marine Corps colonel and NASA shuttle pilot Doug Hurley. That's certainly one way to avoid the traffic on race morning.