Indy Raceway Park
Mike Wallace Looks to Return to Winning Ways at Indy Short Track of LOR
The 1994 race winner ready to get another one
Once a winner at a certain track, always a winning attitude comes back to the driver when he readies to race there again. But this time, it will be his last chance at this particular track.
In 1994, Mike Wallace had his best-career run at the .683-mile oval of Lucas Oil Raceway when he started fifth, on paper, and led 14 laps en route to his victory at the facility. With the recent announcement next year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be held at the 2.5 mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this means only one driver will be able to claim he was the last one to win at LOR.
Wallace and the No. 01 Cowboys and Aliens movie Chevrolet team are hoping to catch some of that magic the driver had back in 1994. While it states he started fifth, fact is he started last because the St. Louis native was making his qualifying attempt for the inaugural Brickyard 400 at IMS. Someone qualified the Nationwide car at the “little track,” leaving Wallace to battle from the back of the field to the front because of the driver change. This weekend, no such worries as he’ll be totally focused on the NNS race at LOR.
“That was a great night there in 1994 when we won. That was my third win of the season and I just remember how great that car turned through those tight turns on that track. Starting in the back because I was over at the big track qualifying for the Brickyard 400 wasn’t good. But, once that race started we just worked our way to the front and I was able to take the lead near the end and stayed there until the checkered flag.”
“This weekend, we’re going to try to do the same in our No. 01 Cowboys and Aliens movie Chevrolet. We’re gaining on things with this team and getting better, we just need to hit on that one thing to make it all tie together.”
“I like LOR, like racing there, like racing under the lights and love how the fans get into it when we’re there. It’s a shame we’re not going to be racing there anymore, so we’re going to give them a race to remember this weekend.”
By: jd motorsports