Daytona: Mike Wallace preview

Mike Wallace teams up with DirecTV Hot Pass and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in NCTS Season Opener NASCAR Veteran hoping for a return trip to Victory Lane at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- When Mike Wallace thinks of Daytona, he thinks of one...

Mike Wallace teams up with DirecTV Hot Pass and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in NCTS Season Opener

NASCAR Veteran hoping for a return trip to Victory Lane at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- When Mike Wallace thinks of Daytona, he thinks of one thing: the sweet taste of victory. The three-time winner at the infamous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will be thinking about a victory again Friday night when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) 2007 season begins.

Wallace, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) and DirecTV Hot Pass have teamed up for the NCTS season opener, and have their sights set high on getting their Silverado into Victory Lane. Wallace has plenty of experience to get the job done, winning the NCTS inaugural race at DIS in 2000, the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) race in 2004, and also a win in the ARCA Re-Max Series.

"I am thrilled to be racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) at Daytona, Kinser said. Morgan-Dollar Motorsports (MDM) always prepares trucks that are capable of winning and I am going into Daytona expecting nothing less than walking away with a win. I am also excited to have DirecTV on the truck; I have a working relationship with them and this is their first venture into the sponsorship side. There will be many of the executives and employees at the race Friday night, so we are also looking for put on a good show for them.

"I am also looking forward to returning to Daytona, where I won the inaugural NCTS event, and I also have a Busch Series and ARCA win there. I just have a passion for racing and I am so glad that Morgan-Dollar wanted to team up for the season opener. I am looking for nothing less than a win, and won't be happy with anything less. I know the guys at MDM will work their tails off and they are as hungry for a win as I am."

Daytona also marks the first time that DirecTV has ventured into the team sponsorship side of the fiercely competitive NCTS. Wallace and the MDM team are hoping to have the edge over other teams with their experience in restrictor-plate racing.

Calling the shots on top of the pit box will be veteran crew chief Eric Phillips, who is also no stranger to Victory Lane. Phillips has seven wins in the ultra-competitive NCTS, and finished second in season-ending points standing with Dennis Setzer in 2004 and 2005.

Practice for the Chevy Silverado HD 250 will start on Wednesday, Feb.14 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Final practice will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, after which the trucks will be impounded by NASCAR until the start of the 100-lap/250-mile race at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

-credit: mdm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Dennis Setzer