Joey Gase is 24 but can be considered an Xfinity series veteran after driving full time at that level for the past four years. He has shown well when given opportunities to run in the Cup series and is looking to move up to the top level full time next year. That being said, no one is going to mistake him for a racing legend just yet.
However, in an interview with NBCSports, a fun question was posed about setting up a fantasy one-on-one race, and Gase had an answer that shows that he is not lacking confidence.
“It would probably be with Rusty Wallace,” Gase answered. “He was my favorite driver when I was growing up. It would probably be at Iowa Speedway for multiple reasons. I’m from Iowa and I remember how excited I was when they announced they were building a NASCAR track in Iowa and also Rusty Wallace was helping build it and design it as well. I’ve been able to race at that track since I was 15 years old. I think it would be cool to race Rusty at the track he helped design and be at my home track at the same time. … How about a super late model?”
An Xfinity driver challenging a former Cup series champion to a one-on-one race, at a track he helped design no less, would be quite a challenge. Although, this hypothetical said nothing about racing them in their prime. Maybe Gase wants to go up against the 61 year old Wallace right now. That might not be as bad of a match up as it sounds.
Actually, the more we think about, it the more we want to see this!