Pikes Peak; Mike Wallace looking to lead at the finish

FOUNTAIN, CO (May 15, 2000) - It doesn't matter when you take the lead, just as long as you're leading at the finish. "We were fortunate enough to be able to come from the back of the pack to win on the last lap," said Mike Wallace in ...

FOUNTAIN, CO (May 15, 2000) - It doesn't matter when you take the lead, just as long as you're leading at the finish. "We were fortunate enough to be able to come from the back of the pack to win on the last lap," said Mike Wallace in describing his victory in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NAPA 300K at Pikes Peak International Raceway a year ago. "Well, to be accurate, we won in the last 20 feet. We started the race so tight that the truck wouldn't turn and we almost got lapped. Fortunately, we kept making adjustments until we got it right." Wallace would like nothing better than to repeat his Pikes Peak victory of a year ago when the Craftsman Truck Series returns to the one-mile Fountain, CO raceway Sunday, May 21. The 1999 PPIR win was one of two Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford scored last season. The year, Wallace has already notched a pair of wins, including the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. The St. Louis, MO native has also resided atop the season point standings since the beginning of this year's series. While the Pikes Peak event is just the ninth race of 24 on the NCTS schedule, another win there would go a long way in boosting Wallace's 2000 title hopes. "Pikes Peak is a fairly fast one mile track and you've got to be able to make adjustments during the race like we did last year," said Wallace, who started 16th en route to his victory a year ago. "You have to go to Pikes Peak with a totally different outlook. You are at an altitude of at least a mile high or more, so your motor feels like it's running terrible because the thin air robs power. You hear a lot of complaints from the drivers about their motors in practice. That is until they have the chance to run with everybody else long enough to realize that their motor is as strong as everybody else's." So how does Wallace view his chances of repeating at Pikes Peak? "Pikes Peak is a place the Team ASE Ford has run well in the past, so we'll carry a lot of confidence back there this time around," said the 40-year-old driver. "We should be in the hunt for another victory right from the start of the race." The NAPA 300K will take the green flag Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast worldwide by MRN radio.

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