M. Wallace Dover preview

DOVER, DE (September 18, 2000) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make it's first-ever appearance at Dover Downs International Speedway this weekend. With the majority of the drivers making their first start at the "Monster Mile", ...

DOVER, DE (September 18, 2000) - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will make it's first-ever appearance at Dover Downs International Speedway this weekend. With the majority of the drivers making their first start at the "Monster Mile", experienced Dover veterans like Mike Wallace might have an edge at the drop of the green flag. "You always hope your past experience benefits you," said Wallace, driver of the No.2 Team ASE Ford F-150. " I know how race at Dover right off the bat, but the reality is that everyone's going to have an open test date Wednesday. It's proven if you give even the rookies in the series time to get familiar with the place, they will all run well. We'll take the Team ASE Ford to Dover hoping that we have the ability and knowledge that some other teams don't have. Still, there's 10 or 15 guys that will end up catching us pretty quickly." While Wednesday's test session might allow the competition to gain some experience on the high-banked, Dover one-mile oval, one experience Wallace will continue to have on the field is a win on his resume at the Delaware track. "Dover is where I won my first NASCAR Busch Series race back in 1994 and I am very fond of that racetrack," Wallace stated, remembering his NBS victory in the GM Goodwrench/AC Delco 200 that year. "Dover is a racetrack conducive to the type of racing that I like to do. You have a high speed entry into the corners and have to get aggressively get back on the gas off the corners. For as much concrete as Dover has, it's still a very narrow groove racetrack. The bottom lane is the fastest place and if you get up in the second groove, it is not as fast. If you're hooked up at Dover, you're going to be unbelievably fast. If you're off just a hair, you're not going to be good." Wallace and his Team ASE mount have been good all year winning a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events including the season-opening event at Daytona (FL) International Speedway. Currently second in the season point standings, Wallace is confident the inaugural race at Dover will be special for racers and fans alike. "I think it will be one of the most exciting races on the Craftsman Truck Series circuit for a long time," Wallace stated. "Dover is a big Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway. A one-mile Bristol, that's what Dover is. It's a high-speed racetrack that's all concrete. You hope you don't get into trouble there because if you wreck you're going to wreck big. There is no little stuff at Dover." Nor will it be a small task to win the MBNA e.commerce.com 200 when the 22nd of 24 NCTS events this season takes the green flag Friday at 4 P.M. Eastern Time. Wallace, however, likes his chances. "This will be a Winston Cup companion weekend and our track record with Cup companion races this season has been first or second so far," said Wallace. "We'd like nothing better than to turn in another win in the Team ASE Ford this time around as well." The MBMA e-commerce.com 200, a 200-lap, 200-mile affair at Dover Downs International Speedway will be telecast by ESPN on a tape-delayed basis at 8 P.M. Eastern Time Friday. The event will be broadcast live as it happens Friday on MRN radio beginning at 4 P.M. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace