June 18, 2006 on FOX
CUP REGULAR DAVID STREMME TO RUN HANTZ GROUP 200 AT MIS ON JUNE
Michigan International Speedway
Mich. –“Racing’s racing,” says
David Stremme, who will be at Michigan International Speedway for
the June 16-18 race weekend.
However, this time he will not only race his No. 40 Lone Star Steakhouse/Coors
Light Dodge in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented
by Post-it Picture Paper, but also in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz
Group 200, taking over the wheel of the No. 61 RWI Nu South Lemonade-Hantz
Group Dodge from Steve Wallace.
along with 12 other ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers, took laps Tuesday
in an open test session in preparation for the June 16 Hantz Group
200 at MIS.
Wallace, the son of NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace and the newly-minted
youngest winner in MIS history, is unable to compete in the ARCA
series at MIS in June because of his commitments to the NASCAR Busch
Series event in Kentucky, so Stremme will fill in for the young
Wallace and make just the second ARCA start of his career.
NEXTEL Cup road has been tough for Stremme so far in his rookie
season, the 28-year-old native of South Bend, Indiana is not discouraged.
Despite a 2006 repertoire that includes a high finish of 21st (at
Texas in April), Stremme remains excited about being behind the
“Rusty asked me (to substitute) when we were at Talladega,”
said Stremme. “They had a conflict with Steve running the
Busch race and he asked if I wanted to race, so I agreed. Racing’s
racing, you know. Rusty’s got a really good team with some
nice equipment, and also, you get to drive for Rusty Wallace, so
that’s pretty cool as well. It’s cool coming up here
anyways, since I’m from this part of the country.”
Though an elusive win in NASCAR’s highest series stays higher
on Stremme’s priority list, he admits that winning an ARCA
race would be encouraging.
“Winning anything is good,” he said. “The thing
is just to help Rusty and his team out. Sponsors can be hard to
come by, so I’ll do whatever I can to help them out. I like
to go out and represent them.”
The admiration is mutual. The Wallace’s believe that Stremme
can represent them well. Steve Wallace considers Stremme a close
friend, and his confidence in him is plentiful.
“Stremme’s going to run (the June race), and he’s
run really well too so it should definitely be a good weekend for
him and our car,” said Wallace, who attended the test session
but did not get behind the wheel. “I know him well. We live
about a quarter-mile apart and we go out on the lake every weekend
together, so I’ve known David for a while. We’re pretty
Though he’ll be busy running the Busch Series in June, Wallace
will make his return to MIS in August for double-duty where he will
try to defend the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200 title he earned
on the day after his 18th birthday in 2005. He’ll also attempt
to qualify for the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250 on August 19.
He admits that a repeat of his birthday party in Gatorade Victory
Lane would be a very solid finish to his weekend at Michigan.
“It’s a very cool race track to come back to,”
he said. “Dad’s got some victories here, and I’ve
got a victory here. Whenever you win, it’s a big deal, and
especially here, since Michigan’s the home of all the car
manufacturers. You get a lot of respect, a lot of attention.
An MIS sweep
in 2006 by the No. Hantz Group Dodge 61 car would not be too far-fetched.
Though he has just one ARCA start under his belt, Stremme was the
2003 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year and has already raced
in two Busch events at Michigan. Wallace, aside from winning at
Michigan last season, has enjoyed success already this season after
entering two ARCA RE/MAX Series races. In his two races, he has
won two poles, and at Kentucky, he set a track qualifying record
and earned a victory.
“It’s definitely been a good year. We had a good car
at Nashville, but we lost first, second, and third gear. All we
had was fourth gear so we had trouble on the restarts and wound
up finishing 10th. I think we could have won that race too, but
overall, everything’s going good,” said Wallace.
Stremme is undoubtedly looking forward to his double dip at MIS
in June. Though success in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series might bring
him more fame, he thoroughly enjoys any type of racing and relishes
the chance to drive for a legend such as Rusty Wallace.
“You have to and want to race against the very best, so its
good experience for everyone,” said Stremme. “We’re
here to race. You shouldn’t be penalized and not be allowed
to run certain series. It’s fun and we’d race seven
days a week if we could.”
With an attitude like that, the future is bright for Stremme and
if his love for racing translates to track success, it could be
a solid summer for the No. 61 Hantz Group Dodge in Michigan.
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Group 200, along with seats to both NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS,
the June 18 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it® Picture
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