CHARLOTTE, N.C., (June 1, 2000) - Mike Wallace traveled to Pikes Peak (Colo.) International Raceway as the defending race winner and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader. Unfortunately, the one-mile paved oval got the best of Wallace...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (June 1, 2000) - Mike Wallace traveled to Pikes Peak (Colo.) International Raceway as the defending race winner and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader. Unfortunately, the one-mile paved oval got the best of Wallace and Team ASE as tire problems led to their first DNF of the season.
"When there's a tire problem, it only effects some of the teams," Wallace said. "This time it happened to be us. It's disappointing, definitely, but we'll bounce back. We're having a career season and bad breaks are going to happen. It's all a part of racing."
The disappointing finish was coupled with Wallace's loss of the point lead to Jack Sprague.
"I'm not going to get upset about the points right now," Wallace said. "We have plenty of racing left in the season. My team is very competitive and I know they'll give me a good truck every week. We'll be back on top soon enough."
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Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway's Sears 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event will be a bounce back event for Mike Wallace and Team ASE this weekend. A tire problem sidelined the No. 2 Ford early for the team's first DNF of the season and the loss of the point lead two weeks ago at Pikes Peak (Colo.) International Raceway.
"We're not going to let the tire problem at Pikes Peak effect us," Wallace said. "This is a new weekend with endless possibilities. Our goal is still the same and we know what we have to do. Evergreen is another step toward the goal of winning the championship. We need to conserve tires and keep the fenders on the truck for a successful weekend. Consistency is the buzzword for this team."
After leading the Truck Series points following seven of the nine races run this season, Wallace and his crew find themselves at a deficit in second place behind Jack Sprague. But no one on the Ultra Motorsports team is worried the least bit.
"Points come and go and there's nothing we can do about it," Wallace said. "All we can do is put the best truck out there and run the best race we can. Anything else is out of our control. I'm not worried though. As long as we keep our heads on straight, the top-five finishes will come and so will the points."
<pre> Mike Wallace's Evergreen Performance Profile Year Event St Fn Laps/Status Earnings 1999 NCTS NAPA Card 200 11 5 200/Running $9,675 1998 NCTS NAPA Card 200 7 5 200/Running $7,825