BUSCH: Wallace to Drive No. 15 at IRP

Wallace to drive Petree car at IRP INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 1998) Mike Wallace will drive the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet owned by Andy Petree Racing in the July 31 "Kroger 200" NASCAR Busch Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park. ...

Wallace to drive Petree car at IRP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 1998) Mike Wallace will drive the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet owned by Andy Petree Racing in the July 31 "Kroger 200" NASCAR Busch Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Wallace will also drive in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Thursday night, July 30, in his full-time ride with the No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet owned by Ken Schrader.

"I would love to win a Busch Series race for Oakwood Homes and Andy Petree Racing," said Wallace. "Those guys know how to race and I think we have the capabilities of getting a win. I had other opportunities to drive a Busch Series car that weekend, but since Schrader is kind of like a teammate to me, and this is partially his deal, I elected to drive this car instead."

Wallace drove the No. 15 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet at Daytona in the Goody's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race. Schrader was originally scheduled to drive, but was unable due to injuries he sustained earlier in the week.

"The deal at Daytona was totally different," Wallace said. "Schrader was hurt so I hopped in for the last practice and we had a decent run. Andy (Petree) and the Skoal team were all there and it worked out pretty well."

Wallace finished the Goody's 300 in 11th place and won the biggest purse of his NASCAR Busch Series career earning $20,825.

Wallace won his last NASCAR Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on August 5, 1994.

"Indianapolis brings back nice memories for me because of the win," said Wallace. "I've had some decent runs there including last year in the truck. We were running fourth when we had a right front tire go flat. I'm looking forward to going back."

Andy Petree Racing tested the No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet with Mike Wallace in early July.

"We tested a really good car and were pleased with everything, but Andy Petree Racing has a different short track car they just built for the race," Wallace said. "We tested a fair amount and learned a lot of important things about the chassis set-up and what kind of guidelines to follow. I'll leave it up to Andy Petree Racing to take the best car back."

The No. 15 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet will enter nine more NASCAR Busch Series races after Indianapolis with driver Ken Schrader. Those races include Michigan, Bristol, Darlington, Richmond, Dover, Charlotte, Rockingham, Atlanta and Homestead. Schrader ran the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet at Richmond earlier this year qualifying fourth and running in the top 10 before an accident ended his day.

Wallace has 120 NASCAR Busch Series starts and has accumulated three wins, 15 top fives and 38 top 10s, winning $626,751.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ken Schrader , Mike Wallace , Andy Petree