NASCAR announces big Rusty Wallace news

NASCAR officials announced the exciting news Thursday that Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace will drop the checkered flag and be Grand Marshal at Sunday's race in Watkins Glen, NY

"Like Rusty Wallace, all the drivers on the field on Sunday have a common goal - to be one of the best in the game," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.

We are honored that Rusty, who has won The Glen twice, will serve as our Grand Marshal. We know how much it will mean for fans to see this legendary driver presented on stage on Sunday afternoon.

Between 1980 and 2005, Wallace won 55 races and was in the top 10 an impressive 349 times, including being the first NASCAR driver to win twice at Watkins Glen.

NASCAR fans across the board are very excited about Wallace's return to the track. Since retiring after 25 years in the sport, he has been in the broadcast booth.

"I'm really looking forward to being Grand Marshal for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen," Wallace said. "It's such an iconic and historic racetrack.

The Glen is where I won my first road course and won the IROC title, so it's a special track for me personally.

Watkins Glen is always involved in an exciting race and I'm sure this weekend will be no exception! 

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