FONTANA, CA (October 29, 2000) - Sitting in his hauler sipping a soft drink midway through Motorola 200 wasn't exactly what Mike Wallace had in mind when he took the green flag at California Speedway Saturday. "I think that we lost a valve spring or something," said Wallace, after parking his No. 2 Team ASE Ford with engine trouble on Lap 60. "It felt like the same thing that happened at Texas. It's tough when those things happen because everyone works so hard. When you have mechanical problems because a part breaks, there's nothing you can do. You just have to move on." The mechanical problem saddled Wallace with a 32nd-place finish and dashed any hopes of his moving up in the final NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship chase. The St. Louis, MO driver had either led or been second in the standings throughout the season until the Texas mechanical malady pushed the Ultra Motorsports team back to fourth in the standings. Wallace rolled off eighth in the California event and appeared to be content to ride in the early laps. A round of pit stops nearly cost the Team ASE driver when the caution flag flew midway through the pit cycle. Wallace was able to stay on the lead lap, however, but could not dodge the mechanical bullet that hit his bright orange, white and blue Ford F-150 just 10 circuits past the halfway mark of the race. "We were riding around in fifth or sixth and we had a pretty good truck," said Wallace. "I think we would have been a position to win later in the race, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be." The effort earned Wallace $10,465 in prize money and gridded him fourth in the final NCTS standings with 3,450 points. "These Team ASE guys have really worked hard this year and have always given me a good truck. We have had a great season up until the last three races or so. I think that we really had a good season and really just had a little bit of bad luck here at the end. We won the inaugural truck race at Daytona and won again at Bakersfield. Overall it was a very successful season." Wallace and the rest of his Team ASE mates will be honored for their season-long efforts this Thursday evening when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will hold its annual awards banquet. The event will be in Phoenix, AZ.