Mike Wallace IRP preview

CLERMONT, IN (July 28, 2000) - After taking on the high-speed, highbanks of the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, Mike Wallace knows the Powerstroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the tricky .686-mile Indianapolis ...

CLERMONT, IN (July 28, 2000) - After taking on the high-speed, highbanks of the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, Mike Wallace knows the Powerstroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the tricky .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park will present a whole new set of challenges. "IRP is a tricky little race track," said Wallace, who steered the No. 2 Team ASE Ford to a third-place finish in the most recent NCTS event at Michigan. "IRP has been around a long time, but it's a solid little racetrack. You have to drive it totally different than any other place we go to. Sometimes, there are two grooves at that place, but most of the time there's one. That groove is up against the wall and if you're going to pass somebody, you have to do the slide job on them into the corner. You have to get a line into the corner below someone and then slide up in front of them in the middle of the corner. Half the time you find yourself driving harder into the corner than you want to, but that's the only way it seems you can pass someone there. You have to get a hard enough run on them to get by them. "You're just hoping that guy gives you enough respect and lets when you slide up in front of them," Wallace continued. "If he tries to drive up on the outside of you, he's going to catch you in the right-rear quarter panel and turn you into the wall. You also have to have your truck handling on the bottom because the top groove gets bottled up at times. If you can go to the bottom and get your truck to accelerate up off the bottom of the corner, you're going to have a good night. IRP is a finesse track that you have to be aggressive on at times. It's a challenge. That's just how you have to drive that track to be successful." Last year, Wallace had plenty of success in the Powerstroke 200 starting eighth and finishing third. "IRP proved to be a really good run for us last year," said Wallace. "That was especially true because we were over trying to make the Brickyard 400 that day and we didn't get much practice. I was able to get in the truck and it just ran good from the start." Wallace has also been strong from the start of the NCTS season steering his Team ASE Ford to a pair of wins and 11 Top-5 finishes in 17 events. The St. Louis, MO driver is currently second in the season championship points chase and would like nothing better than to notch another trip to Victory Lane at IRP. "I won a NASCAR Busch Series race back at IRP in 1994 and it's just one of those tracks that carries a lot of prestige to it," said Wallace. "You want to win there because all the Winston Cup and Busch Series guys along with all the fans are there watching." A full house and a national ESPN television audience will be watching when Wallace and his Team ASE Ford takes the green flag at IRP Thursday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. The Powerstroke 200 is the 18th of 24 events on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule and will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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