Dover: Mike Wallace race report

Mike Wallace overcomes stop & go penalty to swipe top-20 finish for U.S. Army Racing Team DOVER, Del., June 1, 2003 --- After suffering an early stop and go penalty for jumping a restart, Mike Wallace fought back for a top-20 finish here ...

Mike Wallace overcomes stop & go penalty to swipe top-20 finish for U.S. Army Racing Team

DOVER, Del., June 1, 2003 --- After suffering an early stop and go penalty for jumping a restart, Mike Wallace fought back for a top-20 finish here Sunday in the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Wallace, who is subbing for the injured Jerry Nadeau at the controls of the No. 01 United States Army Pontiac, finished 19th in only his second points race for MB2 Motorsports/U.S. Army Racing.

"We got caught up in that whole deal early on and it killed us," said Wallace. "I truly believe we could have had a top-10 finish, for sure, if that all didn't happen. The car was that good."

The veteran driver, who had qualified 18th, was motoring along in the 16th-spot when the caution flag flew at lap 44 of the 400-lap event. During the ensuing restart, NASCAR claimed Wallace jumped the green flag, passing cars in the process, and was instructed to bring the U.S. Army car back into the pits for the aforementioned penalty. He, subsequently, fell back to a jdistant 39th, but rallied for the 19th-place posting.

"I really don't know exactly what happened on that restart," added Wallace. "When I hear go, I go. I'd almost like to take a look at a tape to see what actually occurred. We just have to put this aside and move on."

This was the second outing for MB2 Motorsports' first in-house built chassis. Earlier in the season, the same car captured a fourth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway with Nadeau as the pilot.

"As I said, this is a good race car," offered Wallace. "We ran well. I'm happy with the performance, not only of the car, but the team. This is a good bunch here at MB2. I'm proud to be associated with them."

The U.S. Army team will now head for Pocono (Pa.) Raceway next weekend for the Pocono 500.

"We'll keep digging on it," said Wallace.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace