Mike Wallace looks toward victory at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2000) - Heading into the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Mike Wallace and his ...

FORT WORTH, TX (June 4, 2000) - Heading into the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Mike Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford crew took stock in their 1999 efforts and pinpointed some key areas for improvement. "Last year, we struggled in qualifying almost everywhere we went," said Wallace, who heads for Texas Motor Speedway and the Pronto Auto Parts 400 on Friday, June 9. "We've been really concentrated on qualifying. As a result, it's made a big difference in our program so far this year." Wallace's 1999 performance at the O'Reilly 300 and the Pronto Auto Parts 400 is a perfect example. The St. Louis, MO driver started one event from the 17th position and another from the 27th spot on the grid. In both instances, Wallace rallied his bright blue, orange and white Team ASE truck to a fourth-place finish. "Probably the biggest challenge we face at Texas is qualifying in the daytime while there's still a lot of heat in the air and in the track itself. The race may start while it's still daylight, but it finishes in the dark and the track changes considerably." Wallace has been up to the challenge this season, winning on both the high-banks of Daytona Beach, FL and at the Bakersfield, CA half-mile bullring. In between, he's been a fixture in the Top-10 at almost every event and is in a solid position to take the NCTS season points championship. He also feels like he knows what it will take to come through with another solid finish at Texas this weekend. "The key at Texas is finding a chassis set up that will respond to adjustments made during the race as the track cools," Wallace stated. "Other than that, it's your basic high-speed race track. You've got to be on your toes all the time because things can happen so fast. Our ASE team seems to excel on the high speed tracks, so I'm looking forward to getting back there." Wallace hopes to push the #2 Team ASE Ford for the first ever 3rd win in a season when the green flag drops on the Pronto Auto Parts 400. The event will be telecast live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time and will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace