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Wallace talks up big brother by Andrew Ross Kenny Wallace loves his brother, but it’s not so clear that big-brother Rusty has always been so kind in return. Immediately after the Annual MACS Pioneer Awards presentation, NASCAR driver Kenny “Herman” Wallace regaled us with a tales of how his big brother Rusty had pranked him in his youth – including actually forgetting him at a rest stop and reacting badly when he occasionally performed better than big brother. “Rusty doesn’t like anybody doing better than him.” Kenny was in the full glow of family pride as his speech to the mobile air conditioning professionals was on the eve of brother Rusty’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. To explain how Rusty came to earn this honor, Kenny IF THIS WAS AN HVAC PART, KYSOR WOULD HAVE IT. We get you the parts you need, when you need them, at the right price. Count on Kysor. | 2390 Blackhawk Rd. | Rockford, IL 61109 | 800.499.6849 42 ACTION • April 2013 Reader Reply Keynote speaker and NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace stopped to get an autograph from drag racer Don Garlits. went back into family history. “We were big into newspaper routes. We didn’t have much money. My dad owned the (St. Louis) Globe route. My dad said ‘Boys when you get off school you are going to deliver a newspaper in Creve Coeur, Mo., called the Community Express. It pays $100 a night, and we need that $100 bill.’” Kenny explained how they kept passing a house with a van sitting in the driveway that said ‘Sears Penske’ on the side. “We kept passing that house for years, and finally Rusty the pioneer said ‘turn this Suburban around.’” Rusty was obviously familiar with Roger Penske’s name and reputation in racing (who wasn’t?) and decided to knock on that front door as if it were the entrance to his career. Kenny told us what his brother said when the man answered: “‘Hey, my name’s Rusty Wallace. My dad’s a great race car driver and we race down here at Lake Hill Speedway.’ The guy says ‘My name is Charlie Chase but I know a guy named Don Miller.’ Don Miller introduced my brother Rusty to Roger Penske, and that’s the end of the story.” Really it was just the beginning, as he went on to tell us several more entertaining (and occasionally hilarious) stories about the early days of his brother’s career, but Kenny said from that day on the paper route, with “nerve (and) grit, we were able to turn that into what made Rusty Wallace.” Referencing the Pioneer Awards, Kenny made it clear that he was impressed by the group of winners and by the automotive professionals attending the Training Event. “I know all of you want to get one of those plaques one day. Well, all you have to do is get a newspaper route. You never know.” ❆

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACtion Magazine - April 2013

ACtion Magazine - April 2013
Freeze Frame
Virtual View
Under the Southern Cross
Leonard’s Law
News & Updates
State of the Industry
R-1234YF Design and Service Considerations
Heavy Duty/Off Road Technical Session
Hybrid Evolution Continues
Modern Automotive HVAC Systems
Old-Timers, Team Players, Slackers and Kids: Do Your Employees ‘play’ Well Together?
Cheap Isn’t Always Best
A/C Season Check List: Is Your Shop Ready?
MACS 2013 Training Event Social Wrap-Up
Wallace Talks Up Big Brother
Association News
Quick Check
New Products & Services
Last Watch

ACtion Magazine - April 2013