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FONTANA, CA (October 23, 2000) - Mike Wallace will have just one goal in mind when the Motorola 200, the final race of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, takes the green flag Saturday, October 28 at California Speedway. "It...

FONTANA, CA (October 23, 2000) - Mike Wallace will have just one goal in mind when the Motorola 200, the final race of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, takes the green flag Saturday, October 28 at California Speedway. "It would be nice to finish off the season with a win at California," said Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Team ASE Ford F-150 in NCTS competition this season. "It would really cap the year on a high note and get the team pumped for next season. Our team owners, Jim and Marlene Smith, live in California and some of our sponsors are located in California. They will all be there and we'd like nothing better than to have everyone celebrate with the Team ASE Ford in Victory Lane. We opened the season with a win at Daytona and we'd sure like to close it with a win at California." A victory for Wallace and his Team ASE mates would go a long way in reclaiming the runner-up spot in the season championship chase. A contender for the title all season long, Wallace fell to fourth in the standings when a clutch failure and later an engine malfunction relegated the St. Louis, MO. driver to a 21st-place finish at Texas October 13. Last year, the 2-mile California Speedway layout got the best of Wallace when a driveline failure set him home with a 23rd-place finish after leading the event. Wallace has also had his share of good luck at the ultra-fast Fontana track, finishing second there in 1997. According to Wallace, turning laps at more than 170 miles per hour at California presents a number of challenges. "The first thing you have to deal with at California is a big sweeper a dogleg in the front stretch," said Wallace. "You drive way, way down into the corner in Turn 1. It almost looks flat when you're heading into it. If your truck is good, it'll stick. If not, it likes to wiggle upon entry to the corner. You have to wait on the truck to recover so you can drive it off. "The trucks have a tendency to be a little tight coming up off of Turn 2. You have to be able to get your truck free enough to run down the long back straight. You need to have a huge motor, as much motor as you can stand and still handle good. You come off the flat straight into Turn 3, a turn with some high banking. You have to be a little more cautious heading into Turn 3 than Turn 1 because you are carrying so much more speed. Again, if you're handling good, you'll run right through and off the bottom of the corners. If you're not, you'll be tight again off the corner and have to run right up against the wall in the tri-oval as you head back to the start-finish line." Wallace would like nothing better than to have his orange, white and blue Team ASE Ford be the first to cross the finish line in the Motorola 200. To do it, Wallace will have to overcome a shoulder injury suffered in a practice crash before a NASCAR Busch Series race at Rockingham, NC last weekend. According to Wallace, the injury won't hamper his Craftsman Truck Series efforts at California this weekend. "I'm fine, I'll be ready to go this weekend at California," said Wallace, prior to a physical therapy session at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC Monday. "This isn't going to stop us. We've had a great season. We've won races, we've won poles and had a ton of Top-5 finishes. My Team ASE guys have worked their tails off all season and the results speak for themselves. Now all we have to do is cap the year with a win at California." The season-ending Motorola 200 at California Speedway will take the green flag October 28 at 4 P.M. Eastern Time and will be telecast live on ESPN. The event will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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