Loudon: Mike Wallace race report

Hit from behind spoils strong effort by U.S. Army Team LOUDON, N.H. (July 20, 2003) - With just over one-third of Sunday's New England 300 completed at New Hampshire International Speedway, Mike Wallace moved from his 33rd starting position to...

Hit from behind spoils strong effort by U.S. Army Team

LOUDON, N.H. (July 20, 2003) - With just over one-third of Sunday's New England 300 completed at New Hampshire International Speedway, Mike Wallace moved from his 33rd starting position to 18th place. But as soon as he made the pass to grab the 18th spot, his No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac got hit from behind and spun into the outside retaining wall.

The impact caused major right-side suspension damage, which forced Wallace to retire from the race on the 118th lap. His finishing position was 42nd.

"He (Ward Burton) drove right into the back of me off turn 2," said a frustrated Wallace. "I got by him and he turned me around. There's no need to run into the back of somebody, especially when you're in the clear. It's just unfortunate that another driver wants to ruin your day.

"It's a real shame for this U.S. Army team because they do such a good job. We had a good car today and I felt we were on our way to challenge for a top 15 or possibly a top 10 finish."

Jerry Nadeau, who attended his first NASCAR Winston Cup event this weekend since his May 2 accident in Richmond, watched Sunday's race from the team's pit box.

"It felt good to be here, but I really feel bad for Mike and the guys," said Nadeau. "It was a tough break to have the day end the way it did."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace