Wallace, Kohuth take over Team ASE ride MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 21, 1998) Jim Smith, owner of Ultra Motorsports, announced that he has signed Mike Wallace as the driver and Tim Kohuth as the crew chief of the No. 2 Team ASE Racing Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 1999. Wallace and Kohuth come to the Ultra Motorsports stable from Ken Schrader Racing.

"We had several good drivers to chose from and the decision was a difficult one," Smith said.

"We are really excited about signing Mike Wallace and Tim Kohuth. They have worked together in the past, and with the experienced crew that this team has, we are looking forward to making a bid for the championship in 1999."

Wallace had three top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 27 starts this past year driving the No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet. The man he replaces, Mike Bliss, had five top-fives (including two victories) and nine top-10s in 26 starts. In his series career, Wallace has four top-fives and 18 top-10s in 42 starts.

"I am really happy with this opportunity," Wallace said. "I think it's going to be a great deal for all of us. Being associated with ASE, Wagner, Snap-On, Valvoline and Ultra Wheel and working for Jim Smith is a great honor. This team has proven they can win races, and I truly feel that this is the best opportunity I have had in my racing career. All of the components are in place; the team is well funded, has a great crew, the best equipment. I'm also thrilled that my crew chief, Tim Kohuth, and I will stay together again. I'm looking forward to having a successful season."

Kohuth says he, too, is anxiously awaiting the 1999 season and looks for great things.

"I am just excited to join such a first-class operation," he said. "With Mike Wallace as the driver, the experience of this crew, and the equipment and resources that we have available, we should be a serious threat for the championship. Jim Smith is giving us such a great opportunity, I'm already looking forward to 1999."

ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence), is the primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford. Ron Weiner, president of ASE, said the changing of the guard brings mixed emotions.

"We were sorry to see Mike Bliss and Barry Dodson leave, but we feel we have made an excellent choice for our replacement driver and crew chief," he said. "Mike Wallace is a proven and accomplished driver, and Tim Kohuth is a very knowledgeable and experienced crew chief. By getting a driver and crew chief with an established relationship, we feel that will help us to be competitive from the start. We are looking forward to a great 1999 season and are pleased to have Wallace and Kohuth join the Team ASE family."

Source: NASCAR Online