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NASCAR NOTES: Rusty Wallace holds court

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Rusty Wallace has been a controversial figure in NASCAR since he first stepped into a race car in 1980. Known for his straight talk and aggressive driving, the Hall of Fame inductee recently sounded off on several topics.

The new Gen6 race car is set to debut in a few weeks in Daytona and Wallace is not shy about his excitement over the new machine.

"I predict that 2013 will be the most exciting season that we've seen in NASCAR racing in many years because of the new Gen6 car," said the 1989 Cup Series Champion.

While the old race car was a good piece, Wallace has recently been critical of the level of competition it provided on the race track.

So when the teams traveled to Daytona last month to test the new car, Wallace had to make the trip to check things out. He was not only impressed by what he saw from a driver's standpoint but also felt that the fans were in store for a treat.

"I wanted to see what this new car was all about so I went to the Daytona test and that Gen6 car was flat fast," said Wallace. "The fans are going to like the new car. There will be more passing going on and more excitement. They'll also like the way the car looks like the car you drive on the street."

Wallace has a lot to be excited about as we enter the 2013 season. Not only do we have a new race car that can produce some great racing action but Wallace is due to be inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame.

With one championship and 55 victories to his long list of accomplishments, Wallace will be the youngest inductee into the new Hall of Fame, a milestone that thrills him.

"There will be a lot of stories being told in a few weeks," said Wallace about the upcoming induction ceremony. "However, I will be the youngest person in the Hall and that is certainly something that I like."

The normally outspoken Wallace gets a little softer when he talks about joining the greats of his sport in the Hall.

"It's a heck of an honor for me," continued Wallace. "I didn't know if I'd be inducted but, they got me in pretty quick. I'm honored, I'm humbled, and it is going to be one of the greatest days of my life."

It will certainly be a fulfilling year for Wallace not only in the broadcast booth but in his personal life as well. You either like Rusty or you don't. However, the one thing that you can count on is that Wallace will continue to do it his way.

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