Rusty Wallace to test blue deuce at Daytona, Elliott testing too

Rusty Wallace will get back behind the wheel of the Blue Deuce this week at Daytona International Speedway.

Wallace will drive a “retro” No. 2 Ford Fusion at the 2.5 mile superspeedway when Pre-Season Thunder gets underway. Wallace and long-time sponsor Miller Lite are celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1989 Winston Cup championship as well as the 40th anniversary of Miller Lite.

“It all started at Homestead I was standing between the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and 2 (Brad Keselowski) cars joking around and those guys were egging me on to get back in a car and when Brad got wind of it, he called me up two weeks later and was serious about it and Roger (Penske) was all for it,” the 57-year-old Wallace told “Everyone in the world has been on me to test. ‘Why haven’t you been back in a car?’ This here kind of got me.
“It’s going to be hard not to have a big ol’ smile all day Thursday.”

Wallace won 55 races in NASCAR but all before the General 6 car.

“I think it’ll help my TV stuff and I’ll have a more in-depth knowledge of what the car feels like,” Wallace said. “I don’t know of any other analysts that are doing this right now. … I honestly pride myself in the information I give fans on the air.

Wallace will make some single car runs but is not expected to draft.

“Brad will shake it down a couple runs then I’ll get in the car and I just may stay in it the rest of the day,” Wallace said with a laugh.

Not to be outdone, JR Motorsports will place Bill Elliott in a Nationwide Series car along with his son Chase Elliott.

“It’s probably a one-time (arrangement),’’ said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “The Nationwide Series actually doesn’t do a lot of testing, so we don’t have the opportunity to ask a lot of people to test. Just being that this is restrictor‑plate testing, Bill is a great choice to do that for us. We’ll definitely call him again if we need him, but I don’t see any major plans or whatnot just based on our limited testing resources there.’’