Mike Wallace, Tim Steele Test with New Teams

MIKE WALLACE, TIM STEELE TEST WITH NEW TEAMS PREPARING FOR MARCH 20 FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400 HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 27, 1999) - Mike Wallace left the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex with a big smile Tuesday after completing ...

MIKE WALLACE, TIM STEELE TEST WITH NEW TEAMS PREPARING FOR MARCH 20 FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 27, 1999) - Mike Wallace left the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex with a big smile Tuesday after completing a two-day Ford test in preparation for the March 20 Florida Dodge Dealers 400, the opening event of the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. "I think this is the perfect match," said Wallace, new driver for the Team ASE Ford F-150. "Right now, I don't see anything but good things for myself and the whole team as a group. It should be a plus for Mike Wallace. This is one of the best programs I've been involved in throughout my career, full-time. I'm looking forward to it. " The middle brother of the famed Wallace family, the 39-year-old St. Louis driver won NASCAR's Mid-America Region championship of the Winston Racing Series in 1990. He's spent the Nineties dividing his time among NASCAR's top three divisions and ARCA. He won three times in NASCAR Busch Series competition in 1994, recorded six ARCA superspeedway victories, and has won more than $1 million in NASCAR Winston Cup competition. Now, Wallace is relishing the opportunity to run for a major championship. "I feel we have a very, very solid chance to dethrone those guys (Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague, who have won the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series titles). "There's a lot of other good teams, through, but our focus this year is winning the championship. We want to win races, but the championship is the bigger picture. "Homestead is a really neat racetrack. I like the facility, and since they changed the configuration it's a much better racetrack. It's a great place to come to."

Tim Steele completes first test with new team Three-time ARCA champion Tim Steele has a car that he's confident could win the Daytona ARCA 200 on Feb. 7. But the car will stay parked in his Grand Rapids, Mich., garage next month. Steele is solidly focused on running the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, beginning with the March 20 Florida Dodge Dealers 400. "I'm wishing it was December, not January, being that we got off to a late start," explained Steele. "It's going to be a little bit of a struggle at first, but I think come race time we'll get things turned around. Considering we didn't have truck one until two weeks ago, we're just lucky to be here." Steele has 34 victories in his ARCA career, including a series-leading 20 on superspeedways. His No. 61 Ford F-150 will be sponsored by H-S Die - his father's tool and die shop - until he can find a major sponsor. "Running the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is all we're doing this year. I've got a killer car to run Daytona with, but that will take away too much time from this program. We're putting all our ducks in a row and concentrating on the truck deal so we can have a successful year doing this." The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 joins the CART FedEx Championship Series in the Speedway's season-opening March 19-21 weekend. Sunday's event schedule features the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, plus the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Series. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official website, www.racemiami.com. Media contact: J.J. O'Malley (305) 230-5249

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Tim Steele