It's All in the Wallace Family at NASCAR's Nationwide Race in Montreal

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IAugust 25, 2009

WEST ALLIS, WI - JUNE 20: Steve Wallace, driver of the #66 USfidelis Chevrolet, waits to qualify for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250 on June 20, 2009 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images for NASCAR)

As the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, there will be three members of the Wallace family competing for the checkered flag in Montreal. 

Nationwide Series regular Steve Wallace will be in the driver's seat of the No. 66 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet for his father's team, Rusty Wallace Racing.

Young Steve Wallace, who sits sixth in the Nationwide points, is determined to prove that he is indeed one of the Nationwide Series' best road course racers. 

Wallace has two top-ten finishes and three top-12 finishes in the last four road course races.

"I love racing in Montreal," Wallace said. "In terms of the city and everything surrounding the race, it's just a lot of fun."

Wallace knows that he has his work cut out for him at this particular road course.  "Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of the more challenging road courses that this series has raced on," stated Wallace.

While Steve Wallace will have the "usual" Nationwide competition to contend with at this road course, he will also have two other family members to battle for the race win.

Steve's uncles, Kenny and Mike, are also scheduled to compete in the Nationwide Series race.

Kenny Wallace will be in a very special car, the No. 28 Thank You Fans Chevrolet.  Over 5,000 Kenny Wallace fans became race car sponsors, putting up $20 each to pay for putting the car on the race track.

Each one of these fan sponsors will have their names on the hood of Kenny Wallace's car for the race on Sunday.  Wallace got the idea through some of his Facebook buddies, who suggested the fan-sponsored car for the Montreal race.

"We were able to raise enough money to compete in the race," Wallace said.  "I couldn't be more thankful or more humbled," which is indeed saying something for this Wallace, who is often known for his gift of gab.

Team owner Jay Robinson was also bowled over by Kenny Wallace's fans.

"We have to offer our special thanks to Kenny and the fans for putting the No. 28 Chevy in a great position to be fully prepared with a car capable of competing for the win," Robinson said.

Two Wallaces would seem quite enough.  But yet there is one more Wallace now scheduled to compete in Sunday's Nationwide race.

JD Motorsports just announced that Mike Wallace, Kenny's brother and Steve's uncle, will also be behind the wheel of the No. 01 car for the rest of the season, beginning this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The car was previously driven by Danny O'Quinn Jr., but was only 27th in points.  Because of that, team owner Johnny Davis decided to make the change, putting Mike Wallace in the seat of his race car.

Of the driver change, Davis noted, "Mike has done a great job for us in the several races we partnered with him this year.  He was great in our cars at Daytona and Talladega."

"He is a very smart racer," continued Davis.  "Mike is sincerely excited with the opportunity to drive full-time in our car."

Mike Wallace was also bowled over by the chance to drive the race car and compete in Montreal. 

"I know this opportunity will be great for all of us," said Wallace.  "I see this as a way to help our team move forward into 2010."

At Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, the Nationwide Series regulars will no doubt shine.  But the Wallace family, Steve, Kenny and Mike, may just make it an "all in the family" affair.