Mike Wallace Purolator PureONE Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 1998 Season End Report
"We had a good season but didn't accomplish everything we hoped for," said Wallace. "We got off to a great run at Orlando and did not get the finish to prove it and that just seems to be the secret to this season. We have had some awesome runs in some great trucks and then something happens and we are not there at the end to go in the history books. Everyone on the Purolator PureONE race team worked hard this year and we learned a lot."
"We didn't finish where we hoped to in points, but this is a competitive series and 13th isn't too bad," said Wallace. "I would like to say thank you to our sponsors this year including Mark IV Automotive, Penda Truck Accessories, Smith Transport, Precision Gear, Ken Thompson, Inc., Anheuser-Busch and the Biagi Brothers. We know that without them we would not have had the opportunity to run the full schedule this year."
Wallace turned a lap of 29.992 seconds at New Hampshire International Raceway, claiming his first pole position in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and setting a new track record.
Wallace claimed the outside pole position at Pikes Peak International Raceway with a time of 27.251 seconds. This was the first time that Wallace and Ken Schrader Racing had raced at the Colorado track.
Wallace posted three top-five finishes this season with the first coming at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. That was followed by a fourth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a fifth-place finish at Nashville Speedway.
Wallace posted 11 top-10 finishes this season. That put Wallace in the top 10 category for 41% of the races that he started.