Pocono II: Mike Wallace race report

LONG POND, Pa. (July 27, 2003) -- Using plenty of patience, Mike Wallace carved out a top-25 finish here Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the No. 01 United States Army Pontiac, who is subbing for ...

LONG POND, Pa. (July 27, 2003) -- Using plenty of patience, Mike Wallace carved out a top-25 finish here Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

The driver of the No. 01 United States Army Pontiac, who is subbing for the sidelined Jerry Nadeau, swiped 23rd-place in a race that featured a number of cars exiting with either engine woes or damage due to crashes.

"We survived, that's about all you can say," said the St. Louis native. "This Army team came up big when it needed to. We kept digging all day. We were very methodical, yet cautious at the same time. That proved to be a good approach come the end of the race."

Wallace, who finished 31st in the June Pocono race, said his MB2 Motorsports entry actually came into its own late in the day.

"We improved as the race went on," he added. "We ended up being a lot better at the end. Unfortunately, we had to settle for what we got. We'll get out of here and head for Indy using this as a pick-me-up."

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series now heads for the history-laden Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend for the Brickyard 400.

"Hopefully, we can run well there," said Wallace. "Racing at that track is definitely exciting. It's Indy -- that's all you really have to say."

Wallace's 23rd-place finish marked the second time in his last five races that he's posted a top-25. Sandwiched among those races was a sixth-place performance registered by Boris Said on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Said returns to the No. 01 seat at Watkins Glen in two weeks.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace