Chicagoland: Mike Wallace preview

JOLIET, Ill. (July 9, 2003) - The only thing on Mike Wallace's mind as he heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 is to recover from last week's disappointment at Daytona International Speedway. Wallace was running a flawless...

JOLIET, Ill. (July 9, 2003) - The only thing on Mike Wallace's mind as he heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 is to recover from last week's disappointment at Daytona International Speedway.

Wallace was running a flawless race in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 until he got collected in a seven-car wreck.

"That was so unfortunate because the performance of the car and team was there," said Wallace, who is subbing for the injured Jerry Nadeau. "This is a tough team and I feel we have it within ourselves to rebound and get the job done in Chicago."

When Wallace pulls onto the 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval as the MB2 Motorsports driver, he will be driving the blue and red USG-sponsored Pontiac. The Chicagoland race is the second of four events that the USG Corporation and its flagship brand Sheetrock® will be the primary sponsor for the No. 01 MB2 Motorsports entry.

The United States Army, the team's primary sponsor for 32 NASCAR Winston Cup point races, will be an associate sponsor during the USG races.

Wallace's weekend will once again include double duty as he will contend in Saturday's Busch Series race in the No. 4 Biagi Brothers car.

"Chicagoland is basically a new track and the more experience you can get on it will only help," said Wallace, who spent two days testing his Busch car last week at the Joliet facility. "I learned some stuff about the track that I didn't know before.

"As I have said many times, driving in both series is a positive. We can transfer information back and forth the entire weekend. It doesn't hurt at all to have this kind of input."

This will be the second straight year that Wallace will be filling in for an injured MB2/MBV driver at the Chicagoland race. Last year, Wallace was called on to sub for Johnny Benson in the No. 10 Valvoline/MBV car.

"If we can avoid those unfortunate incidents like last week, I really feel we will have a solid finish this weekend," said Wallace. "Even though Chicagoland has a unique shape, it is a facility that we should run well at."

Following Sunday's race, the 01 team will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a two-day test session (July 14-15) in preparation for the Aug. 3 Brickyard 400.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace , Johnny Benson