M. Wallace heads for Texas again

FORT WORTH, TX (October 9, 2000) - At most superspeedways, having the best equipment is paramount if you want to be the first to take the checkered flag. According to Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Ford, that isn't necessarily...

FORT WORTH, TX (October 9, 2000) - At most superspeedways, having the best equipment is paramount if you want to be the first to take the checkered flag. According to Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Ford, that isn't necessarily the case at Texas Motor Speedway, the next stop of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour. "The driver has a lot of input as to the handling ability of the truck," Wallace stated of the ultra-fast 1.5-mile Texas oval. "You might be able to pull off that one qualifying lap wide open but once the race starts, you're not going to be able to do that much past the second lap. The tires aren't going to stick and that's when the driver comes in. It's up to him to decide the angle into and out of the corner. Also, the driver determines how hard he sticks the truck into the corner. A lot of people think all you do is hold it wide open and hang on, but that's not the case at all at Texas." Wallace and his Team ASE mates will be looking to run near the front when the O'Reilly 400 takes the green flag at 8 P.M. Eastern Time on Friday, October 13. Earlier this season at Texas, Wallace was able to do just that by driving his bright orange, white and blue Team ASE F-150 to a second-place finish in the Pronto Auto Parts 400. In fact, Wallace has a history of putting the Team ASE Ford in the Top-5 at Texas, notching a pair of fourth-place finishes there in 1999. "Texas is a fast race track and we have run good every time we've raced there," said Wallace. We haven't always qualified the best there, but we almost always seem to finish in the Top-5. We were second the last time we raced there in June and we're going back with the outlook that we can win the race. We have the truck to do that with and hopefully I'll be up to the task." Wallace, currently second in the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season standings, not only has his sights set on win at Texas, but also closing out the season with a victory at California as well. "There's no doubt I think we can accomplish that," Wallace stated. "We put the Team ASE Ford in Victory Lane the first race of the season at Daytona and nothing would suit me better than to close out the year with wins in the final races at Texas and California. I can't think of a better way to end the season than to do that." The Friday, October 13 O'Reilly 400 from Texas Motor Speedway will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast as it happens by MRN radio.

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