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WALLACE HEADS HOME FOR ST. LOUIS NCTS CLASH ST. LOUIS, MO. (April 28, 2000) - During the first six races of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 season, Mike Wallace has feasted on the competition, scoring five Top-5 finishes including...

WALLACE HEADS HOME FOR ST. LOUIS NCTS CLASH

ST. LOUIS, MO. (April 28, 2000) - During the first six races of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 season, Mike Wallace has feasted on the competition, scoring five Top-5 finishes including a pair of victories. To make matters worse for his on-track foes, Wallace, the Truck Series championship points leader, will next head to St. Louis and a little home cooking in the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway. "That's where we grew up, that's where I grew up," said Wallace, giving a nod to his St. Louis roots and his NASCAR-racing brothers, Rusty and Kenny. "Winning there would be a big deal for me and my family. It's kind of a prestige race to win. We've tried for the last couple of years and just missed it. We keep getting better, but haven't got to the win circle yet." Winning is what Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford have been all about this season. Victories at Daytona (FL) and Bakersfield (CA) have catapulted the 40-year-old driver to a 39-point margin over Andy Houston in the NCTS season standings. Along the way, Wallace has collected a series high $202,445 in prize money, nearly $35,000 more than Houston's runner-up total. Best of all, Wallace's Team ASE crew have shown they can keep their driver up front, no matter what the circumstances, as evidenced by their performance in the most recent NCTS event at Portland, OR where they overcame mechanical problems to finish fourth. Now it's up to Wallace to deliver at Gateway International, a tricky 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval. Wallace did just that last year, steering his Team ASE F-150 to a fifth-place finish in the Ram Tough 200. Given his early season results and his affinity for the 'hometown' St. Louis track, Wallace is confident he can win when the green flag drops on this year's race on Sunday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). "We have a lot of confidence on our side right now," said Wallace. "This Team ASE group feels like we can win going into every race on the schedule. That's no different at St. Louis. About the toughest thing for me right now is that everyone is calling me and asking for free tickets and passes. It seems like every time I go home, I find out I have about 50 more friends I don't remember having. I went to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago to do a pre-event media tour and I had a really good time. It was fun; we went to a Cardinals baseball game. I'm really looking forward to going back there and putting the Team ASE Ford in Victory Lane in front of all of my family and friends." The Ram Tough 200 will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast by MRN radio stations worldwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Andy Houston