Wallace ready for first Washington visit MONROE, Wash. (May 5, 1998)
This weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' running of the NAPACARD 200 will be Missouri native Mike Wallace's first trip to Evergreen Speedway and the Seattle region.
However, he has raced on similar tracks before joining the Ken Schrader Racing team last July to run the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full-time. And Schrader has raced here himself, several years ago in a truck out of the same shop that Wallace's Saturday ride comes.
"I've heard Evergreen Speedway is similar to Portland, only a little bit bigger," Wallace said. "We had originally planned to keep the truck we ran at Portland out on the west coast and take it to Monroe. We were disappointed with our performance there and feel we had the wrong package, so we decided to bring the truck home and put together a new program for Monroe. The Purolator PureONE Chevrolet truck the Ken Schrader Racing Team is taking to Evergreen Speedway is the same truck it had success with at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Ca. and Richmond International Raceway last year.
Wallace was leading the race at Mesa Marin Raceway with five laps to go when the truck lost a cylinder and he fell to seventh, where he finished the race. Schrader, owner of the No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet, ran this same truck at Richmond last year as the No. 53 Penda Chevrolet. Schrader took home a sixth place finish.
Looking back on the first part of the season, the Purolator PureONE team has a positive outlook for the remainder of the year.
"We've had some good runs this year, but are looking to improve on them," said Wallace, who has earned $142,370 in 18 series start. "We want a strong performance like we had in Orlando every week. We still have intentions on winning races, and believe that goal is well within our reach.
Wallace has one career Bud Pole Award, one top-five and seven top-10s in the series. He finished 19th in the series' last race in Portland.
B&B Auto, a retail auto parts store based in Renton, Wash., will be on the hood of the No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet driven by Wallace for the "NAPACARD 200" at Evergreen Speedway.
Source: NASCAR Online