Crash ends day for Wallace at Milwaukee Mile

WEST ALLIS, WI (July 3, 2000) - The Independence Day weekend literally ended with a bang for Mike Wallace and his ...

WEST ALLIS, WI (July 3, 2000) - The Independence Day weekend literally ended with a bang for Mike Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford. Wallace was riding out a long day in the Sears DieHard 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile when a hard crash on Lap 160 ended his day. The St. Louis, MO driver wrecked after contact from behind from Andy Houston. The incident left Wallace wondering what happened. "I don't know what the deal with Andy was," said Wallace, who was officially credited with 22nd-place in the final running order. "His crew had sent word to my crew that they'd appreciate some help if he got to me, that I wouldn't hold him up. I motioned him to the low side lap after lap and he ended up turning me. It was totally uncalled for. I gave him plenty of room, motioned to him numerous times to go to the bottom, and he ends up wrecking me. I really don't know what he was thinking, it was poor sportsmanship and totally unnecessary." Wallace also had a rough day prior to the incident getting a lap down when he stopped for fresh tires and fuel only to have the pit cycle interrupted by a yellow caution flag. That put Wallace, who started 17th, in a position to try to get that lap back throughout the remainder of the 200-circuit affair on the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park oval. Wallace did just that on a pair of restarts only to have eventual winner Kurt Busch get back around the Team ASE Ford to keep him a lap down. "We were struggling today, we just couldn't get the handle on the track," said Wallace. "The Team ASE guys kept making adjustments, but we just never could get the truck to where I could run with the guys up front today." Later, the incident with Houston left little for Wallace and the Team ASE bunch to handle other than to load their wounded racer back on the team transporter. Wallace collected $8,575 for the effort. He is currently fourth in the NCTS season championship chase, 152 markers behind leader Greg Biffle. Next up for Wallace and the Team ASE Ford will be the New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The Saturday, July 8 event will be telecast live by CBS at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 15th race of the 24-event NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 season will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch