Mike Wallace is one of the few drivers in all three NASCAR top series to have achieved more than 750-collective starts. That number is spread between his NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series career.
Also spread through those starts are nine trips to Victory Lane with four coming in Nationwide competition, and five in Craftsman Truck Series racing. His most recent victory was the October 2011 Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when he and Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate, Ron Hornaday, Jr., worked together to claim the checkered flag.
In 2012, the St. Louis native continues his Nationwide career racing the No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports w/Gary Keller. Based out of Gaffney, S.C., primary team owner Davis and team
work hard every way to make it to race day.
As part of the famous and well-know Wallace racing family, Mike is the middle brother to
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty and the youngest
brother, Kenny, who has more than 800 NASCAR starts during his career to his credit.
Rusty retired from competition and is now an analyst with ESPN; Kenny still gets behind
the wheel and is a commentator for SPEED TV. Mike has also put some time in behind the
microphone for ESPN and DirecTV.
Mike Wallace’s long and illustrious career began in 1990 with a race in the NASCAR Nationwide
series at Martinsville Speedway. He placed sixth and never looked back. His first win came four
years later in the same series during season where he won two more times. He also had six
top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 1994.
Wallace has always shown his prowess at superspeedways like Daytona International
Speedway and Talladega. In fact, during the Daytona Speedweeks in 2003, he recorded three
top-10 finishes in three days, through three different series and did it with three different
manufacturers. The first was a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, a
fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the third was a ninth-place finish in Daytona
Wallace may, however, be best known for his July 2004 victory at Daytona when he went from
fifth to first on the final lap to capture the Nationwide race victory. The 2009 season marked
26-consecutive seasons that at least one of the Wallace brothers took the green flag at the
In 2009, Mike teamed up with JD Motorsports as their Superspeedway Specialist driving
the JDMS #0 Chevrolet in Talladega and both Daytona races. At the Subway Jalapeño 250
powered by Coca Cola during the 4th of July weekend in Daytona, Mike was part of the
initiative with the team to help launch RC (Royal Crown) Cola’s new logo.
“I was very happy with Mike’s professionalism and performance in the races he has been with
us,” said Johnny Davis, team owner of JD Motorsports. “He represented our team and sponsors
well and we were fortunate to have him.”
Because of that “racer” chemistry between Mike and Johnny, he was hired on as the team’s full-
time driver for JD Motorsports in the No. 01 Chevrolet.
Aside from being a race car driver, Mike and his wife, Carla, have three children. Lindsay,
the eldest, is married and works outside the sport. Chrissy, the middle child (like Mike) has
raced in Nationwide and Truck Series events. In 2011, she captured the Late Model Divisional
championship at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in the family’s native Missouri. She was also second in
the ASA National championship, but did capture the ASA West Series championship making for
a pretty impressive season.
Matt, the youngest child, has raced Bandalero and Legends cars. In 2012, he started racing the
same Late Model that Chrissy drove last year at the same track. His efforts earned him three
trips to Victory Lane and a second-place finish in the track’s points.