No retirement plans for Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace at Kentucky Speedway in 2011. Although a formal announcement has yet to be made on his 2015 racing plans, the NASCAR veteran acknowledges he isn't ready to hang up his helmet.






By Dominic Aragon
Editor
January 28, 2014
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While NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon made headlines last week after announcing his retirement after the 2015 season, veteran Mike Wallace has no immediate plans to hang up his helmet.

Wallace, soon to be 56-years-old in March, ran six races in the Sprint Cup Series during the final third of the season. Wallace did not reveal when he would consider retiring, but he told The Racing Experts he would not let his age force him to walk away.

“I don’t think you should ever put a timetable on your life,” he said. “What is the purpose of saying ‘I’m going to only do this to this point’. I think as long as people still like you, you’re still respected within the sport, are in the business side of it, you’re still able to make a living doing it, why not keep doing it as long as you can.”

Wallace, who ran the six Sprint Cup races with Jay Robinson’s Premium Motorsports, said the Phoenix race weekend last November could, in theory, be his last race in NASCAR’s elite series.

Racing plans for Wallace in any of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series have yet to be formally announced. Yet, Wallace said he does not want to be done racing in NASCAR.

“If [retirement] happens [in 2015]… I just don’t know that yet. I hope not, I enjoy being around the business.”



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Mike Wallace celebrates his win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with teammate Ron Hornaday Jr. at Talladega Superspeedway in 2011.
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