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"The One That Got Away" is the best way to explain last season's race at Mesa Marin Raceway for Mike Wallace and the Purolator PureONE Chevrolet race team. Wallace led a majority of the race and with...

"The One That Got Away" is the best way to explain last season's race at Mesa Marin Raceway for Mike Wallace and the Purolator

PureONE Chevrolet race team. Wallace led a majority of the race and with three laps to go the engine lost a cylinder. Wallace still fought to claim a top-10 finish for the Ken Schrader Racing team.

"Looking back on that one is tough, we were so close and I wanted the win very bad," said Wallace. "The team had constructed an awesome truck that got around that track like crazy. When I heard that cylinder go I was definitely heartbroken. The Purolator PureONE team worked hard for the win at the track and have worked equally as hard for a win this year."

The Purolator PureONE racing team is bringing the truck they named "Starburst" back for the Bakersfield race. The truck is one of the fastest trucks that Ken Schrader Racing owns and has the best achievement record.

"This truck is not even a new one this year, she was around last year also," said Tim Kohuth, crew chief for the No. 52. "We always feel comfortable with this truck, and know what it's going to do when we make changes. Sometimes with trucks that have not been tested as much, we don't know how the results will end up and it may be a gamble to try to make a change."

The No. 52 Purolator PureONE Chevrolet welcomes aboard Ken Thompson of Rialto Concrete Products, Inc., Pipeline Carriers, Inc. and Ken Thompson, Inc. as an associate sponsor for the last four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races of the 1998 season. The races are in Sonoma, Calif., Bakersfield, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ken Schrader , Mike Wallace