- Rusty Wallace
Rusty Wallace is ninth on NASCAR’s
all-time win list with 55. Kyle Larson
has two wins to his credit and a
sporting lifetime left to climb higher.
But based on their description of
winning, it’s hard to tell the two apart.
EVERY DRIVER WILL TELL
YOU THE SAME THING. THERE’S
NO FEELING LIKE WINNING.
AND IT NEVER GETS OLD.
“I treated every
victory like maybe
another one might
not come along”
[Rusty Wallace] “The thrill of being in
Victory Lane never went away for me.
I was always super excited, and I was
never laying on my ass or just taking
it for granted. I tell you what, I went
through a spell of, like, 70 races where
I didn’t win. Then all of a sudden, I won.
Those dry spells, man, they happen
much too often, and that makes you
appreciate the living hell out of what’s
going on. That very last race I won in
Martinsville is the same place where
Jeff Gordon got his last victory, too.
What was so cool about that was
that everybody realized that these
things are tough to get. I had eight
drivers come to Victory Lane, and
that was really cool. I remember
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was there, and
Jimmie Johnson came by, and
Jeff Gordon came by. Everybody
came by to congratulate me because
it was like, ‘We’ve all been there and
done that, and it’s awesome that you
were able to pull that off.’ I never got
tired of winning, I can tell you that.”