MIAMI (Feb. 20, 2000) -- Mike Wallace made Daytona International Speedway history Friday, winning the inaugural visit of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. This coming Saturday, Wallace will be looking for his second straight victory of 2000, and...
MIAMI (Feb. 20, 2000) -- Mike Wallace made Daytona International Speedway history Friday, winning the inaugural visit of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. This coming Saturday, Wallace will be looking for his second straight victory of 2000, and his second consecutive victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the Florida Dodge Dealers 400.
Wallace lost the lead at the white flag but regained it in the final turn at Daytona, triumphing in an incredible event that featured 31 lead changes among 12 drivers, both series records.
"You couldn't ask for better door-to-door, side-by-side racing," said Wallace, who scored his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory at Miami in 1999. "Then to follow that by going to Homestead is phenomenal. I think you're going to see a very good race there. I love Homestead, and we 're going to try to make it two in a row."
Following the Daytona race, Wallace and his fellow NASCAR Craftsman Truck competitors were already looking for the trip to Miami.
"All of the Florida fans are not far from the race track, so if they want to see another very good Craftsman Truck race, they need to be in Homestead," said Andy Houston, who lost the Daytona lead exiting the final turn on the last lap.
"You'll see the same kind of show at Homestead, guys fighting for every inch of race track," said Greg Biffle, runnerup for the 1999 series championship.
Practice for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, with qualifying to fill the 36-truck field beginning at 3 p.m. The weekend also features the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series in a 150-mile race at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The fifth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 400 takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Unreserved grandstand tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 cost $25, and are available by calling (305) 230-RACE. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.