At first, it may not seem like poker and car racing have very much in common. Think for a moment, and you’ll see that the opposite is true. Both require concentration, split-second decision making and, in the case of a long poker tournament, an incredible amount of stamina.
Little wonder that playing poker is actually quite a popular pastime for race car drivers. One such driver is the NASCAR veteran, Rusty Wallace. If you know anything about sport racing, you may know a lot about Wallace. Known for his charismatic personality and championship wins, Wallace has proven himself to be a race car legend. He first came onto the scene when he won the 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. With a host of accolades and championship winnings, he is notable for his track record of success. He has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Now retired, Wallace is an advocate for better education in schools which focus on science, math, and technology. He is also one of the most notable NASCAR drivers who has helped raise money during a poker charity event which raised almost US$60,000 for children’s charities.
Following his successful racing career, he now spends his time working with upcoming race car drivers and delivering his advice with a panel of NASCAR drivers. He is not shy about his willingness to be a part of a conversation that keeps the culture of race car driving going forward in a positive direction. With his son Steve being involved in race car driving as well, he can’t take a break from the scene.
Wallace’s love of poker, and his enthusiasm for a good cause, mean that plenty of people benefit from his hobby.