Mike Wallace Texas race report

FORT WORTH, TX (October 14, 2000) - Mike Wallace didn't have the best of days in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, but that didn't mean he still couldn't find some positives after piloting his No. 2 Team ASE Ford F-150 to an ...

FORT WORTH, TX (October 14, 2000) - Mike Wallace didn't have the best of days in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, but that didn't mean he still couldn't find some positives after piloting his No. 2 Team ASE Ford F-150 to an 21st-place finish. "My Team ASE guys have worked their tails off all year long," Wallace stated. "Tonight, they pulled out a bad clutch and replaced it in 33 laps. I don't think you can ask for a better effort there. They're certified ASE professionals. I'm not worried about what happened tonight. I'm looking forward to going to the final race at California knowing my Team ASE guys are giving that kind of effort every week." Heading into the second to last event of the season, Wallace and his Team ASE mates had an outside chance at winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Second in the point standings to Greg Biffle, Wallace knew Biffle would have to experience some bad luck to have a shot at the title. Instead, it was Wallace who had Lady Luck look the other way when his truck experienced a mechanical problem while still on the starting grid. "We lost a clutch right off the bat and we were in trouble," said Wallace, who had to have his Ford truck pushed behind pit wall as the rest of the field took the green flag. "The pedal was rock hard, it just wouldn't engage. It was a mechanical failure, it sure wasn't anybody's fault. It was a part failure. Something just blew apart. That's the weirdest thing, the first time I have ever not started a race in my career. Then we had a little bit of a motor problem there at the end of the race. You know, some things are meant to be and some things aren't." Wallace eventually entered the race on Lap 34 and managed to pick up a host of spots before the aforementioned engine problem ended his night. Rather than be disappointed with the finish, Wallace turned his thoughts to fellow driver Tony Roper, who was fatally injured during the event, and to our to the men and women serving abroad in the United States Armed Forces. "It's important to keep this racing thing in perspective sometimes," Wallace stated. "Right now we're a little bit more concerned about Tony Roper and his family than how we finished in this race. I also want to give my condolences to the families of the sailors on the USS Cole that gave their lives a couple of days ago. They're out there trying to help us maintain our freedom so we can go out there every week and play with out racecars. We shouldn't lose sight of that." Biffle still managed to sew up the championship despite crashing out of the Texas event. Strong performances by Kurt Busch and Andy Houston, combined with Wallace's 21st-place effort, vaulted them past Wallace in the standings. Heading into the final race of the 2000 NCTS season, Wallace is fourth in the championship battle, just three points behind Houston and 33 in arrears of Busch in the runner-up spot. "We're going to have to end the season on a high note at California because after what happened here at Texas, we're fourth in points," said Wallace. "We got bit by some freak luck tonight and hopefully, we're done with that now. We haven't had a lick of those kinds of problems all year long. There's nothing that I can do or say that's going to change that. Now it's up to us and go get that back with a win at California." The Motorola 200 at California Speedway will take the green flag at 4 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 28. The event will be telecast live on ESPN2 and will be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch