Steve Wallace has made his own name in Super Late Model racing, most notably with a win in the 2004 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). However, that doesn’t mean Wallace doesn’t remember his roots.
This week, Wallace will be paying homage to those roots, with a throwback design on his entry into the 51st Annual Snowball Derby resembling his father Rusty’s race cars from the early 1980s, when he competed in series such as ASA and ARTGO.
Ever since news of the throwback scheme hit the internet, fans have been eager to see the vintage scheme on-track. Steve Wallace ensures he has been just as eager.
“For me, just to be able to see the car is really cool,” Wallace told Speed51.com. “It represents my dad’s short track career, and that’s something that I think a lot of people, along with me, think is really cool. I’ve always liked the car, and it looks really cool.
“We have South Point Casino on it and WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing on it,” Wallace added. “It takes a lot of money to come down here and get this thing done. I was fortunate enough to find a few sponsors and make the car look really, really good on top of it.
Not only is the wrap race-ready, Wallace believes his Super Late Model is also prepared for 300 laps on Sunday.
“I’m feeling really good,” Wallace said. “It feels good to be down here. Tons of preparation to get to this point that we are now. Just getting the car built, getting it converted over to the small-five hubs for the pit stops on Sunday. Getting the car wrapped and rebuilt and everything.
“I don’t know if everyone does, but I put in a monster effort in this deal,” Wallace added. “It feels good to be down here.”
Wallace believes that work puts him a great spot going into the weekend, but also knows the importance of qualifying night on Friday and the role that will play in the race.
“I feel really good about my car,” Wallace said. “I always do. I feel like it’s the best car I can build and my guys can tune on. I feel like we’ll be in good shape.
“Fast cars go fast, slow cars go slow in qualifying,” Wallace added. “You’ve just got to put a big emphasis on getting this thing qualified good, and then on Sunday we’ll be in really good shape.”
Wallace is not bashful about saying winning is his main priority every time he takes the track. It’s hard to motivate him any more to find victory lane – but his throwback design might be just that.
“For anybody it would be special to win anything,” Wallace said about the possibility of taking his dad’s colors to victory lane. “I don’t care if it’s pink, it would be good. To be able to win it with that car would really, really mean a lot to me, for sure, along with family and whatnot. I can promise you I will give everything I have in order to do that.”
Race fans unable to attend the 51st Annual Snowball Derby in person will be able to watch a pay-per-view broadcast all week long on Speed51.com, including qualifying night. Five-day video tickets can be purchased now for $74.99 ($35 savings) to watch all of the action. Click here to purchase your video ticket today.
The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will take place on Wednesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 2 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. For more information regarding the event, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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