M. Wallace Richmond race notes

RICHMOND, VA (September 8, 2000) - Mike Wallace headed into the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway knowing he had to have another top run to stay into contention for the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title. With two wins and...

RICHMOND, VA (September 8, 2000) - Mike Wallace headed into the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway knowing he had to have another top run to stay into contention for the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title. With two wins and 13 Top-5 finishes in 20 events this season, the driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Ford was confident he and his truck could make another trip to Victory Lane. "You go to every race thinking you can run up front and win and we thought we could do that tonight at Richmond," said Wallace, who finished a disappointing 15th in the event. "It just didn't happen, so you take it from there and go. We're still second in points, but we gave up a lot to Greg (points leader Greg Biffle) and we sure didn't need to do that. We'll just have to head to Dover with the same kind of winning attitude and see what happens there." Early on, Wallace appeared to be on the right track guiding his blue, white and orange Team ASE mount to a lap of 22.372 seconds (120.687 miles per hour) in qualifying, good enough for the ninth starting spot in the 34-truck field. From the drop of the green flag, however, Wallace had trouble getting a hold of the slippery .750-mile Richmond oval. The loose condition, as well as an extended pit stop to make chassis adjustments, kept Wallace from challenging for the lead throughout the first half of the race. Running 12th just past the midway point, any hopes of adjusting the loose condition out the Team ASE Ford were crunched when Wallace was hit from the rear on a restart. The collision bent the rear spoiler Wallace's truck damaging the handling characteristics beyond repair. "At one point of the race, we had a really fast truck," said Wallace. "Then looking at it after the fact, we fought a loose condition all night long. Someone ran into the back of our Team ASE Ford on a restart and that bent up the spoiler 15 degrees more than it should have been. It's that kind of stuff that adds up to making it a bad night for you. We thought we were going to be good, but that stuff just jumped up and bit us. " Wallace managed to hang on to the ill-handling truck throughout the latter stages of the race to finish 15th, the final truck on the lead lap. The effort earned the St. Louis, MO driver $7,945 in prize money pushing his season total to a whopping $473,245. Wallace, still in second-place in the season championship standings, now trails Biffle by a 3398-3146 (252 points) margin with three races remaining. Wallace and the Team ASE Ford will try to cut into that margin when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes it's first-ever appearance at Dover Downs International Speedway on Friday, September 22. The MBNA Palladian Travel 200 on Dover's "Monster Mile" will be telecast on ESPN2 beginning at 8 P.M. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace