Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Residence: Cornelius, N.C.
Family: Patti (wife), Greg, Katie, Steve
For over 30 years, NASCAR Champion and Hall of famer, Rusty Wallace has delighted racing fans not only with his hard-‐nosed and aggressive approach to racing, but also with a personality and charisma that are unmatched in the sport.
Wallace’s accomplishments both on and off the track have been widely recognized. He is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association’s (NMPA) Hall of Fame, a past recipient of the NMPA Myers Brothers Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to the sport of stock car racing and a two-‐time NMPA Driver of the Year.
When all is said and done, Wallace, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 55-‐time race winner, will go into history as one of the greatest stock car drivers ever to strap on a helmet. At the time of his retirement from driving. Wallace ranked as one of the top-‐five money winners in NASCAR history, with nearly $50 million in career earnings. His 55 career victories marked the eighth-‐best all-‐time career total and the seventh-‐best in NASCAR’s modern era; his nearly 20,000 laps led ranked him seventh all-‐time. For sixteen straight seasons, Wallace won at least one race on NASCAR’s premier circuit, marking the third longest such streak in history.
In his final year on the NASCAR circuit, Rusty Wallace left fans with an appreciation for his vast contributions to the growth and popularity of NASCAR racing. More than a dozen state, city, and county seats of government declared race day as officially recognized Rusty Wallace Days. In addition, bestowed upon Wallace were Delaware’s Order of the First State and North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honors in those states.
Currently, Wallace uses his vast knowledge and charismatic personality as Lead Analyst for MRN Radio – the Voice of NASCAR – where he is heard on more than 700 affiliates nationwide, as well as on Sirius XM Radio. Due to his immense experience in the sport, Wallace is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on NASCAR racing.
Wallace is also active in other business and charitable pursuits. He is a sought-after public speaker and the principal stakeholder in The Rusty Wallace Automotive Group, a collection of eight automotive dealerships located in eastern Tennessee. Wallace is also a board member of The NASCAR Foundation, the sport’s foremost charity initiative. In that role, he serves on the foundation’s development committee, which is charged with fundraising for the mission of helping children live, learn and play.
NHRA Top Fuel Racer
MRN Radio Host / B.R.A.K.E.S. Founder
Doug Herbert is a busy man. Whether you’re watching him behind the wheel of a NHRA dragster, listening to him host his weekly show “The Straight Line” on Motor Racing Network Radio, or reading his exclusive Drive Blog on NHRA.com — changes are, you are getting a dose of Doug.
Boasting 10 NHRA National Event Championship wins, 20 IHRA National Event Championship wins, and 4 Top Fuel World Championship wins, Herbert is widely known for his domination of the drag racing world. He is the first driver to run over 300 MPH during NHRA eliminations, and his career best speed tops 317 MPH. Herbert made national news, including Sports Illustrated, when a faulty fuel system caused his car to explore into a call of fire during the NHRA finals at Pomona Fairplex.
Further staking his claim in the racing world, Herbert owns Doug Herbert Performance, which is the only high performance auto parts distributor owned by a Top Fuel driver that sells to NASCAR, professional race teams, and Top Fuel teams.
While Herbert keeps his finger on the pulse of everything racing, the project dearest to his heart is his nonprofit B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe). He stated it in 2008after his two sons, Jon (17) and James (12), were tragically killed in a car accident. B.R.A.K.E.S. is a free pro-active teen driving school that teaches defensive driving techniques to young drivers in an effort to prevent other families from experiencing a tragedy like his.
An impressive athlete and selfless person, Doug Herbert embodies the spirit and tenacity of drag racing. You can catch Herbert’s radio show “The Straight Line” every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00pm EST on www.motorracingnetwork.com.