Rusty Wallace Visits Former Blue Max Racing Shop: 1980's NASCAR History Hiding in Plain Sight!
Before Rusty Wallace was the number 2 Penske Miller Lite guy...he was the number 27 Kodiak Blue Max Racing guy. Before Roger Penske it was drag racer Raymond Beadle. Rusty's very first Winston cup series wins and championship were born right in this building here outside of Charlotte. He has not been back here since 1991 and a lot has changed since then. Here we have a first hand account of what things used to a spot you would never ever think used to be home for a champion NASCAR Winston Cup race team. Huge shoutout to @Kenny Wallace for helping us get this video together!
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  • Stapleton42

    What was your favorite memory of Rusty’s career?

    • Mark Giles
      Mark Giles

      The front snout fiasco!!LOL

    • Brian Wilson
      Brian Wilson

      I was at the NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis, In. in the early 90s. When all eliminations were completed and drivers were at the winners circle, fans were able to walk around down by the starting line. I bumped into someone and as I turned to say "I'm sorry," I realized it was Rusty that I had bumped in to. He was very cool and took the time to chat briefly....Dale was still my guy, though 😎

    • Darwin Jackson
      Darwin Jackson

      @Brian Franklin Lee or 1993 Daytona 500?

    • Darwin Jackson
      Darwin Jackson

      @Brian Franklin Lee 1993 talladega?

    • Brian Franklin Lee
      Brian Franklin Lee

      The day he barrel rolled about 7-8 time's in the black and gold MGD car. Can't remember where it was. But I thought he had cooked his goose for sure.

  • Troy Brewer
    Troy Brewer

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm so honored that you used a few of my shop photos for this video! Racing (and Rusty Wallace), were such a big part of my life during that time, and to see him and my old photos come together at the same time is amazing. His talk of the secretary, who allowed me in to take photos, brings back great memories. I'll never forget seeing a dumpster full of used Kodiak sheet metal, before it even became popular as a collectable. Outstanding video!

    • CarrsLLC Carrillo
      CarrsLLC Carrillo

      Been several days late to the party for this video but finally able to watched this and again Stapleton, thanks for posting! To me the stories being told here are gold! Just a quick story of my own: when I was 16 I worked at a jewel food store in Elmhurst, IL. There was a manager by the name Debbie Newberry who worked there. One day I was in the lunchroom sketching out my newest drawing of Rusty Wallace's Miller car when she walked by me and asked if I was into nascar. Well of course I was, I exclaimed! She asked if I can make another skit of that drawing for her and in returned she would get me something old that's nascar related. I agreed. Once I gave her the drawing (which she loved) she gave me a double sided photo of RCR's Wrangler 85/86 unocal pit crew champs. Which I was floored when i saw it. I asked how she got this, she told me she use to be part of the pit crew for Rusty Wallace's ASA team as a time and score keeper. Who knew?! Wish I could of asked Rusty If he still remember's her.. Also that same store, "Fearless" Freddy Lorenzen use to come in all the time buying groceries. I got few stories about him as well...

    • Stapleton42

      Thank you so much for those pictures Troy!!!

  • Cody Capps
    Cody Capps

    I want Herman and Rusty together telling stories on each other... Keep up the awesome NASCAR history stuff up. This is awesome. You are documenting history that needs to be heard.

    • John Snow
      John Snow

      @Stapleton42 Kenny has his own channel with great stuff.

    • John Snow
      John Snow

      Check out Kenny Wallace IRglo channel. He has this exact video posted of him and rusty chatting.

    • TheDistractedCanadian

      @Stapleton42 I wanna see them going back and forth “that’s not how it happened!” “Yes it was the reason you didn’t see it was because you were wrecked in turn two” I wanna see that kind of sibling arguments😂

    • Erik Renner
      Erik Renner

      Get all THREE of them together…Rusty, Mike and Kenny!!!!

    • Travis

      Oooooo…. Podcast idea

  • Dillon Makar
    Dillon Makar

    Man, this is some great history. My Dad, Jimmy Makar (10:25), worked with Rusty and it was really cool to see some photos of them together that I've never seen before (0:26). I'm going to show him this video to see if he can add on any cool stories.

    • Lamar W
      Lamar W

      Cool to see people so close to the sport commenting. I'd love to know what Chocolate is doing posing with the Blue Max team at the 7min mark.

    • Beth Toney
      Beth Toney

      Your dad was awesome so is your mom

    • Stapleton42

      Man thats awesome. I was actually thinking it would be really cool to talk with him about the original Joe Gibbs shop down the street!

  • Jeff Gordon
    Jeff Gordon

    Rusty is a way cooler guy then i gave him credit for years ago. The 1980's - 2000's NASCAR was the peak, it was so damn cool.

    • brianadams429

      @G Crauwels Originally i was Earnhardt fan when he drove for Bud Moore #15, i was still a fan when he went to Rcr, but once he started crashing everyone to pass, i couldn't root for him driving dirty. After that i watched Bill Elliot and Davey Allison.

    • Michael Canney
      Michael Canney

      Yea, never liked him much back in the day, but seems to be a cool dude

    • G Crauwels
      G Crauwels

      Wasn't much of a fan back then, as I was an Earnhardt guy, but he's cool.

    • Noneyah Finbusiness
      Noneyah Finbusiness

      It sure was! I’m so glad I was alive to witness it growing up! I was a Rusty fan from 87 up until he retired!

    • mark witkowski
      mark witkowski

      Rusty is really cool,as is his boy Steven

  • Jcm 78
    Jcm 78

    Rusty looks happy to have taken this trip down memory lane. He seems like a pretty humble down to earth guy.

  • zlinedavid

    When a Stapleton video leads off with a NASCAR legend saying “I’ve got a story for this doggone building right here…”, time to grab a beer, sit down and enjoy the ride.

    • Tony Jennings
      Tony Jennings

      That's what I did

    • C. John Weir
      C. John Weir

      I Love That! That was on a whole nother level.

  • Matt Evans
    Matt Evans

    "It was a great career, I miss it" Yes it was, Rusty. I miss the hell out of this era.

  • Magnum

    Absolute gem once again! Thank yall for bringing us along w/yall. Just a suggestion, A Bill Elliott/Ernie Elliott tour would be awesome to see. Down in Dawsonville,Ga. If y'all do make it down there, make sure to slide by Dawsonville pool room for the whole experience. Again, great work y'all are doing.

    • brianadams429

      I been there yearrssssss ago though

    • KawaDSrider

      This would be way cool!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man!

  • B Neely
    B Neely

    Rusty was the most genuinely polite driver I met. He stayed over after Darlington in 1993 and signed autographs for us all through the fence. We could tell he was hot and exhausted but we appreciated it.

  • Mark Miller
    Mark Miller

    Cool! More great NASCAR history with Rusty Wallace, just remember him running the #2 car primarily over the years. 🚗 You two have done a wonderful job researching all this racing folklore & experiences, keep up the good work and I know I appreciate it to no end! I look forward to each video you post, am there with you all. Thank you so much, you guys rock!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks mark!

  • Matthew Hicks
    Matthew Hicks

    Awesome! Those guys were so guarded back in the day. U never saw them like this. I believe Rusty Was having a Good Time! You could just see his face light up! Favorite Moment in Rusty’s Career? The All Star Race where he turned DW! Absolutely loved it! Listening to Rusty talk now. It Sheds some light on why he may have raced like that for 200 grand back then.

  • Jason High
    Jason High

    Thank you for all these videos. Rusty had a big smile on his face while going do memory lane. What an amazing video... Keep up the great work you two

  • Bowtie Guy
    Bowtie Guy

    You guys knocked out of the park again! It’s so cool you are able to get these guys to do this. These stories probably would never be heard without your work. This channel is unbelievably important to documenting NASCAR history. Thanks again!

    • Stapleton42

      You’re welcome sir! We are glad you’re here!

  • Hal Roy
    Hal Roy

    Rusty was my hero. I was able to get his autograph onece when he came to Baton Rouge. I left early from work to get it. Man I miss watching him drive.

  • John Mulvey
    John Mulvey

    It is so wonderful to see Rusty again. This video and the previous one speak to how open and sincere Rusty really is.

  • Steve Peryer
    Steve Peryer

    Thank You Rusty and Steven Wallace for taking the time to give us all the great memories and insight about the times racing, and the days at Blue Max. To think of the talent that came out of that shop, you had the players to build the championship teams you were part of. You guys did a great job on this Vlog. Thanks again!

  • Raymond Chapman
    Raymond Chapman

    Rusty Wallace was and still is my favorite.....he's such a cool guy.

  • Rudy Hollis
    Rudy Hollis

    Mitchell, you and Logan do such a good job at asking questions and being respectful to these guys that someone, somewhere is watching and Fox Sports, Motortrend or ESPN is gonna pick you guys up to do these shows like your doing them!!!! Thanks for the effort you two put into the channel!!!!!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man!

  • Mike Hardy
    Mike Hardy

    Good Questions. Your getting better with every interview. I could tell Rusty was very comfortable with you two, so important to make your interview come out the right way. Like when Rusty told you that was the best five years of his career. Really appreciate your hard work you guys. Logan finds a fiver and you say "Hey that's a gallon of gas" funny stuff. PS great message at the end of the video....People love to hear that stuff from you... it means SO much! God bless you both.

    • Stapleton42

      Thank you Mike that means a lot

  • Robert Bricker
    Robert Bricker

    This was great keeping this history alive with a legend like Rusty Wallace

  • Jeremy Walsh
    Jeremy Walsh

    This is amazing. Dick Trickle’s shop would be an amazing journey, unfortunately he’s no longer with us.

  • Brian s. Palmer
    Brian s. Palmer

    Rusty was my mom's favorite driver, I wish she was still with us to see this! Thank you for doing this video and thank you Rusty Wallace for taking time to tell your stories!

  • Jim Baumann
    Jim Baumann

    How wonderful to see and hear Rusty again.... One of the greatest character/drivers of NASCAR in a Golden Era of its own. What he did on the race track made a lifetime of memories, and I have to Thank You both for doing this wonderful video.

  • D to the G
    D to the G

    I like how you just let people talk and tell their story. It's cool seeing him so excited being there. You could see it spark so many memories. Thanks for sharing!

  • Randy Siler
    Randy Siler

    That was so cool! I was a Rusty Wallace fan and always will be. Watching and hearing his memories of Blue Max are priceless. 👍👍🏁🇺🇸

  • CJ's random videos
    CJ's random videos

    Excellent interview!! Thank you for doing this I wish more of this was being done. This is history that could never be put into a book.

  • Riley Robinson
    Riley Robinson

    Thank you for another great video about the legends of nascar. You are a lucky couple to get to do what you do. Meeting the drivers and all the people behind the scenes of when nascar was really great. Can't wait for the nest one.


    Another awesome episode! Always enjoyed watching Rusty race, he was always doing the best he could. This is too much fun!

  • Jeff Ausbun
    Jeff Ausbun

    Thank you RW for doing this for this channel. Thanks for posting once again an historic look at nascar. I'm 59 and never even thought about nascar behind the scenes back in the old days. Thanks for the ride.

    • Stapleton42

      We are glad you're here Jeff!

  • Susan Bezio
    Susan Bezio

    Rusty is the same now as he was back when he started, he hasn't changed. He's a great guy.

  • Ross

    Stock car drivers are some of the most down to earth people on earth - with the exception of a few - compared to other sports figures

  • Rob Fultz
    Rob Fultz

    Love all of your videos. I like and respect Rusty even more just because he did this! Amazing work as always. I love how real your videos are. No bullshit, just content. Love it!

  • TTocs Elbag
    TTocs Elbag

    Thank you for this history lesson young man. I went to my very first (of many) Winston Cup races at Dover, DE in May of 1987 (I was a mere 26 y.o. pup way back then). Rusty finished only mid-pack, but I became a fan of him that day, and remained loyal as he won the championship in ‘89. Thank you so much for unreeling memories and much enjoyment of a wonderful yesteryear. Much appreciation to both you and Logan for your work! 😊❤️😊

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man it means a lot!

  • wvusmc

    I went to three Bristol races in the 90's and Rusty won every one I went to. I was a big Earnhardt fan but it was still cool to see him win. I like how he brought up "Days of Thunder". His cameo in the movie was classic Rusty.

  • David Archibald
    David Archibald

    I watched this three times. The history you bring us is really cool. Thank you Mitchell.

  • Brian Wilson
    Brian Wilson

    I love how your channel has taken off and the connections you are making that allow you to get into these old shops and appearances from these legends. Takes me back to Sundays in the 80s-90s

  • Joe MacDonald
    Joe MacDonald

    It would be cool to interview Kyle Petty about his years at Sabco racing, definitely his most iconic car he drove and when he was at his peak

  • Joe Biden Is Not My President
    Joe Biden Is Not My President

    I think I said this before, but I will say it again. It would be awesome if Dale Jr was able to give you a tour of his car graveyard. I love seeing stuff about that place for some reason.

  • Daniel Tremel
    Daniel Tremel

    This stuff is so cool! Mitchell & Logan, you knock it out of the park every time you do one of these!

  • The Luka Cee Channel
    The Luka Cee Channel

    Another great one. Thank you for doing these videos and keeping the history alive. Not sure if the old Harry Hyde shop up at Hendrick Motorsports is still standing. That would be a great one. I went there in 92 and snapped off 3 very cool photos of the Ken Schraders Kodiak Luminas getting worked on. Then add in the old barn Days of Thunder filming location that represented that old shop. It not far from the Speedway. Keep doing these. I love um and brings back allot of memories.

  • Adam Piratzky
    Adam Piratzky

    Man, these walk around interviews are incredible. My great uncle Bob Hoffman was the lead editor for the Southern Motorsports Journal, so I know some cool backstories.. This is a great way to get the fun parts, the coming up stories, the origins. When circle track racing was in its prime

  • ndogg3539

    Great job Mitchell and Logan! Killed another one! Keep it up!!

  • Mark Wiedebusch
    Mark Wiedebusch

    You’ve covered 2 of my favorite drivers “rusty and mark”. I’d really like to see some Michael Waltrip stuff. He has seen a lot and should have a ton of knowledge of several different teams and drivers.

    • adrianspeeder

      @Mark Martin Legend! Still have Valvoline stickers on all my childhood things.

    • Mark Wiedebusch
      Mark Wiedebusch

      Just about fainted. 🤯

    • Mark Martin
      Mark Martin


    • Stapleton42

      Absolutely agree

  • Brian Kirk
    Brian Kirk

    Thank you again for such an awesome video, you guys are so very blessed to do what you do, thank you for sharing your blessings with us, if you guys are ever in Indy give me a holler, stay safe, can't wait for what you guys have up your sleeve next

  • Joshua Paulsen
    Joshua Paulsen

    You guys just keep killing it. I always look forward to your videos, makes the day worth living when I see that IRglo notification that there's a new Stapleton vid. Love you guys. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Home TV
    Home TV

    When I was a kid I kind of thought of Rusty as “the bad guy”. I grew up in Troutman just outside of Mooresville, NC and one day I was in the Mooresville K-Mart (yes, K-Mart!) and I saw Rusty in there talking to somebody. I was somewhat used to seeing drivers but I’d never seen Rusty before and I was just a little star struck. He called me over and shook my hand, asked my name and talked to me for a minute. Probably the nicest interaction I’ve ever had with a driver

  • Larry Johnson
    Larry Johnson

    Another great video. I loved watching Rusty Wallace at the races with Mark Martin. A driver I would like to hear from is Sterling Marlin. I liked to watch him race because he never seemed to have the big bucks like a lot of the other racers, but he still did good.

  • Jimmy

    Your video's keep solidifying my thoughts on the racers from my generation. They're just great guys. Your statement was correct, Rusty could've been doing anything he wanted but chose to participate in a 30 minute video in the hot sun about a day gone by. I appreciate it! Keep the videos coming!

    • Stapleton42

      thank you jimmy we are glad you're here!

  • David Bogard
    David Bogard

    You are my HERO! So dang cool to get an interview with Rusty. Nobody gets that opportunity and you did it! Congratulations. Both you and Rusty are the men! Thanks again for your effort.... just so cool

  • Kirk Haag
    Kirk Haag

    Thank you guys for another great history lesson , love the videos !! Keep it up guys .

  • FloridaSoundsGood

    So special to do this. Hope a lot of viewers appreciate this. Thank you!

  • TNG Tactical Miata
    TNG Tactical Miata

    Friggin COOL.. I was a teenager when Rusty was at the height of his career.. I used to love watching the road course races the most. I really miss the way Nascar used to be. These days it's mostly a "spec racing" series.

  • Tato Poste
    Tato Poste

    Thanks 😊 for another great video. Still, a ton of history to be told. Thanks Mitchell Thanks Logan .BLESSINGS FOR YOU AND YOURS.

  • Finnick Rinzler
    Finnick Rinzler

    This was awesome. Thank you for never letting the past die. Well done. Rusty should make a comeback!!

  • Coors Bandit
    Coors Bandit

    Outstanding…. This stuff needs to be documented.. I’m so glad you made this happen

  • Roger Lambert
    Roger Lambert

    I love what you guys are doing! Would love to have a hat, but I would need the old poor guy special. Keep up the great work!

  • ti Mo T hy VFL🇺🇸
    ti Mo T hy VFL🇺🇸

    These videos keep getting better and with big time names.Mark Martin,Darrell Waltrip(My all time favorite driver),Kenny Wallace and now Rusty?Dang man this is awesome

  • Arthur Fricchione
    Arthur Fricchione

    Mitchel/Logann excellent story telling. Watching these videos really brings me back to when NASCAR was at its peak. Now it’s money and corporate sponsors. Play the game or bye bye. You have brought me back to NASCAR. Not todays but yesterdays. Thanks for sharing. 🇺🇸🏁Artie

  • J T
    J T

    By far my favorite videos. The nostalgia is so good because the world was just better back then. Thanks so much for doing this. What an incredible gift. All the best to everyone involved 🙏🏼

  • Talan

    Another banger. Im 45 seeing all these locations and things are awesome. When I was growing I'd join all these fan clubs and I remember going on a weekend trip visiting all these shops and buying every modle car I could find back then and build them. Thanks for these man it's truly awesome

    • Talan

      @Stapleton42 I think my I have alot of pictures where we toured there if I can find them I'll make copies and send to you. That day and eating breakfast with Darrell waltrip and bristol in 90 or 91 the fan club was huge for me at that age would of been 12 or 14. If I can those pic I'll send them. I really enjoy what you. You have brought a smile to my face I lost since my son passed. Thank you

    • Talan

      @Stapleton42 yes I think Tim Richmond was still there we went to The world 600 in 1985.

    • Stapleton42

      That’s awesome. Did you ever visit blue max at this building?

  • Jeff Bergen
    Jeff Bergen

    Another awesome video Mitch!! Thanks again for doing these. Just awesome to hear Rusty's memories from back in the day. Keep knocking them out of the park man, fans for life right here!

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks man! More to come!

  • Dan NOT WALRUS Larkin
    Dan NOT WALRUS Larkin

    Rusty and Herman are so different it's hilarious. Awesome video. I'd love to see you get them together for a video.

    • Mike Hardy
      Mike Hardy

      Rusty can be so serious sometimes and Kenny....well we all know the Herminator

    • Stapleton42

      I agree on both 😂

  • DaytonaFunTim

    Another legendary piece of NASCAR racing team history revealed! Great job, Mitch and Logan! I was a Gordon fan growing up, but respected Rusty. He's a cool dude 😎

    • Stapleton42

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Ben G
    Ben G

    Would love to see Paul Andrews do the old #7 shop!

  • Richard Harvey
    Richard Harvey

    The cars from that era had so much style and character.

  • Chris Galvez
    Chris Galvez

    Great stuff as always! Like many others, Rusty and his battles with Dale in the early 90s are intertwined with my childhood. He was my guy. Seeing him, Mark and other legends reflect and take all of us on that journey and offer us a glimpse of what it was like outside of the weekend broadcasts is amazing. Keep it up and looking forward to the next ones!

  • Ozark River Banks
    Ozark River Banks

    Rusty being from Missouri, along with Schrader, Mark Martin from Arkansas! I was always pulling for these guys to win. It was when racers had so much personality! Fun times watching them race and beat Dale Sr. sometime! Best of luck to you Rusty and Southern Country Customs!

  • Mike Gerdeman
    Mike Gerdeman

    Another awesome video! Thanks for preserving racing history for generations to come! I’m about twice your age and REALLY appreciate it! Keep up the excellent work! 👍🏻👍🏻

    • Stapleton42

      Thanks mike!

  • John Morgan
    John Morgan

    Way, cool!!! Thanks to Rusty for taking the time with you guys and sharing that history with us., that was great! Cheers!

  • iamgriff

    I was at M.I.S. infield back in 90-91. We were walking around the vendors behind the Grand Stands. Rusty was walking around signing autographs. He signed my shirt with a gold paint pen. Nascar was the best before Big Business changed everything. Now the drivers act like you’re bothering them when you ask for autographs.

  • Jcm 78
    Jcm 78

    When I was in high school in the early 90s Rusty opened a steakhouse called “Rusty’s #2” in my hometown of Pawleys Island, SC. I thought it was awesome that a nascar legend would pick my little one horse, twenty course town to start a restaurant!

  • Tim Parker
    Tim Parker

    Great job you guys! Yall are becoming the defacto Nascar historians of the 70s thru the 90s. I really appreciate and enjoy your hard work and research. Keep it up! Rusty obviously enjoyed it!

    • Stapleton42

      Much appreciated!

  • Ed Hicks
    Ed Hicks

    These history videos are tremendous fun. It’s so cool to get behind the scenes of the golden era of NASCAR.

  • Ross

    Man you’re doing amazing work! This stuff needs to be documented. You have a new subscriber my friend

  • Ryan Greener
    Ryan Greener

    Love your Nascar history videos! Keep up the great work and thank you for the insight. Any chance of a history tour of DW'S former shop being a future video?

  • Scott Hall
    Scott Hall

    Wow, another great video. Never was a rusty fan but he seems like a genuinely great guy. Tim Brewer or Jeff Hammond would be an awesome tour guide over at Junior’s. I can’t imagine how hard it is to get everyone on the same page at the same time to do these videos so all the work put in to make em happen is much appreciated.

    • Stapleton42

      It’s a lot of work to coordinate but we make it happen 😂

  • Trevor Smith
    Trevor Smith

    Keeping history alive one video at a time, keep up the great work 🇺🇸🦅

  • Neb Lledroc
    Neb Lledroc

    Glad I saw this and can appreciate Rusty W. more. Mostly watched to see Blue Max and the drag racing parts. I agree with Jeff Gordon's much earlier comment. To me it was a phenomenon back then. Before marvel movies we had real heroes. Still can in the USA.

  • Eric Brown
    Eric Brown

    I love that you guys are this passionate about the history of nascar ! Only problem is tour making me feel old because late 70s is when i started watching 😆 🤣 😂

    • Haworth Lowell
      Haworth Lowell

      Don't feel bad; I remember the late 60's and watching NASCAR on Wide Wirld of Sports! Fun times.

    • Stapleton42

      Hey man at least you were there to witness this era. I wasnt.