Throughout much of his illustrious 32-year career, Wendell Wallace piloted a GRT Race Car. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer from Batesville, Arkansas now returns to familiar territory. Wendell and the late GRT President, Joe Garrison had been working on a deal and a new car prior to Joe’s unfortunate passing last week. Wallace is now ready to carry on the storied legacy that Garrison left behind.
“Joe (Garrison) was a pivotal part of my racing career and really my life and will continue to be,” Wallace said. “He was a great friend. I’ll always cherish those memories on the road, at the track, and at the shop with Joe. We had a lot of fun times together and had a lot of success. My thoughts are with Katie, his family, and everyone at GRT Race Cars during this difficult time.”
In regards to his impending return to the No. GRT1 Super Late Model, the driver, who is known as the “Batesville Bullet,” recently revealed the planning that was set in motion months ago.
“Joe and I had been working on putting a deal together for the last few months to run select races around here in the house car again. He wanted to make sure GRT kept diggin’ and that’s exactly what we will do. We had planned to start on May 10-11 with the Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway, but unfortunately it was rained out.”
The team plans to utilize Durham Racing Engines in Wallace’s entry.
Throughout his career Wallace has claimed victories in some of racing’s biggest events. He’s a three-time Show Me 100 champion, a Dirt Track World Champion, a Topless 100 champion, and a two-time Masters 100 winner.
In 2018 he was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Wallace has made limited starts over the past few years. He’s focused primarily on working as a crewchief for drivers, including Timothy Culp.