1986 - First Win (Bristol)
1987 - First pole (Michigan)
1989 - NEXTEL Cup Champion
1991 - IROC Champion
2005 - Last Call as Rusty retires
2013 - Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Former Champion and NASCAR Legend:
Rusty can have a bit of a temper out of the car. He once famously threw a water bottle at Dale Earnhardt after Rusty took a beating on the track at the hands of the Intimidator.
In the car he is rock solid and able to put it all behind him. Just a few weeks after the water bottle incident Wallace and Earnhardt ran door to door for the lead at Richmond lap after lap with both drivers racing clean. That was the perfect image of everything NASCAR could be.
Since Rusty Wallace retired from Sprint Cup competition after the 2005 season that is exactly how I remember him forever. Side-by-side for the win with the number 3 when both men were at the top of the NASCAR world.
Even in his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season Rusty hadn't lost a step. He qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and finished a strong eighth in the final standings.