Rusty Wallace Biography, Age, Wife, Career, 1989, Crash, Honda, Worth

Rusty Wallace Biography

Rusty Wallace whose real name is Russell William Wallace, Jr. is a retired American racing driver and a former NASCAR Winston Cup Champion.


Considered one of racing’s most well-known and charismatic personalities, he is a member of four of stock car racing’s major halls of fame: the NASCAR Hall of Fame 2013, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 2013, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2014 and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame  2010 . He was the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and the 1989 Winston Cup champion.

Rusty Wallace Age

Rusty Wallace was born in Arnold, Missouri, the United States on August 14, 1956. He is currently 63 years old as of 2019. His zodiac sign is Leo

Rusty Wallace Family

Wallace is the son of Judy Wallace and Russell Wallace Sr. Rusty Wallace is eldest of his two siblings: Kenny Wallace and Mike Wallace. Kenny Wallace is an American professional stock car racing driver.

He took retirement from NASCAR after a 2015 Xfinity Series race at Iowa. Mike Wallace is also a stock car racing driver. Wallace’s father, Russell Wallace Sr., died on October 30, 2011, at age 77.

Rusty Wallace Wife

Rusty Wallace married Patti, the couple has been blessed with three children Greg, Katie, and Stephen. Stephen races in the Nationwide Series and made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the 2011 Daytona 500, making him the fourth member of his family to compete in the Daytona 500 and in NASCAR.

Rusty Wallace Career

Prior to joining NASCAR, Rusty Wallace raced around Florida. In 1979, he managed to win the United States Auto Club’s (USAC) Stock Car Rookie of the Year honors, he accomplished third in points behind A.J Foyt and Bay Darnell. In the year 1983, he was the winner of the American Speed Association (ASA) championship while racing against some of the future stars like Mark Martin, 1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki, and Dick Trickle.

Later in 1980, Rusty Wallace landed his steps for a NASCAR career. In his first race of NASCAR in the 1980 Atlanta 500, he positioned second in the race. He developed his career further in 1988. He scoring six victories. His wins were at Michigan, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, Riverside, and Atlanta. In 1989, he manages to win NASCAR Winston Cup Championship.

After retirement from his professional career, Rusty Wallace tried his luck in broadcasting career. He worked with ABC. In 2006, he agreed to a six-year contract with the ESPN. He also made a cameo appearance in the movies Days of Thunder. He is also popular for his brand endorsements.

Rusty Wallace 1989

Rusty Wallace developed his career further in 1988, scoring 6 victories (including 4 of the final 5 races of the year). His wins were at Michigan, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, the final race ever at Riverside, and the season finale at Atlanta. With these 6 wins as well as nineteen Top 5s and four further Top 10s, he finished 2nd to Bill Elliott by 24 points.

In 1989, Wallace won the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship with crew chief Barry Dodson, by finishing 15th at the Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta to beating out close friend and fierce rival Dale Earnhardt (the race winner) by 12 points. Wallace also won The Winston in a controversial fashion, by spinning out Darrell Waltrip on the last lap.

Rusty Wallace 2005

In late 2005, Wallace broke ground on his Signature Design Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Iowa Speedway had its first race on September 15, 2006, and hosted many races in 2007 including an IndyCar race.

Rusty Wallace Crash

Rusty Wallace’s legacy, besides being a close rival of Dale Earnhardt, was a number of severe wrecks he endured, especially at restrictor-plate racetracks. The first one happened in 1983 when Wallace was attempting the Daytona 500 through the Gatorade Twin 125’s. He was tapped by Rick Wilson, got airborne, and went on a spectacular series of flips that left him hospitalized. His next flip came at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1988. What started it was unclear, but Wallace somehow managed to climb the wall and did a barrel roll. The roof of his car caved in. ESPN commentator Dr. Jerry Punch was the first responder and possibly saved his life. In 1993, Wallace had two massive flips – both at plate tracks.

The first was at the 1993 Daytona 500, where he was tapped by the crashing cars of Michael Waltrip and Derrike Cope, and barrel rolled multiple times in the grass on the back straightaway several feet in the air. Months later, at Talladega, racing to the checkered flag, Wallace was tagged from behind by Dale Earnhardt, turned backwards, and flew into the air before violently flipping in the grass past the start-finish line, breaking a wrist (the area where Wallace’s car wrecked has since been paved over).

Earnhardt was visibly shaken by the incident and did make sure Rusty Wallace was okay by checking on him after the race had concluded. Wallace finished 80 points behind Earnhardt in the final points for 1993. He also had an airborne crash in his last Gatorade Twin in 2005 when Dave Blaney clipped his right rear tire and sent his car off the ground. The car never turned over though.

Rusty Wallace Height|Weight

Despite in the sixties, he looks young and handsome. It all depends on his physical exercise and healthy & nutritious diet. He has a standard height of 6 feet, which is around 1.82 meters.Rusty has an average weight, his weight has not been disclosed but will be updated soon.

Rusty Wallace Awards

  • 1988, 1993 Richard Petty Driver of the Year
  • 2005 NASCAR Illustrated Person of the Year Award recipient
  • 2005 Myers Brothers Award recipient

Rusty Wallace Net Worth

The former NASCAR driver and current ESPN and NASCAR analyst  Rusty Wallace  has an estimated net worth of $40 million  as of 2019, which he earned from his career.

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