Mike Wallace hopes Martinsville will be a ''brothers'' win

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 3, 2000) - Two weeks ago, Mile Wallace won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bakersfield, CA while his brother, Rusty, captured the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Bristol, TN. This weekend, the brothers Wallace...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 3, 2000) - Two weeks ago, Mile Wallace won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bakersfield, CA while his brother, Rusty, captured the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Bristol, TN. This weekend, the brothers Wallace hope to team up again and get the best of Martinsville Speedway. "Martinsville is a hard place to get around - long straightaways and tight corners - but it helps to have an older brother who runs well there," said Wallace, as he tries to make it two wins in a row and three out of five NCTS victories this season when he tackles the NAPA 250 at the famed .526-mile track. "Rusty has been able to help me with how to run well there and how to save the brakes on the truck, which is a big thing at Martinsville." A year ago, the driver of the #2 Team ASE Ford didn't get the "breaks" as he led the first 84 laps of the NAPA 250 only to suffer a mechanical problem. While his Team ASE crew quickly remedied the problem, the malady was enough to drop Wallace to a 26th-place finish. Despite that less than desired finish, Wallace is looking forward to his trip to Martinsville this time around. "I've got a lot of fond memories of Martinsville," said Wallace. "I drove my first Busch Grand National race at Martinsville in 1991 and finished seventh. Everybody told me you shouldn't go to Martinsville for your first race, but I didn't know any better. Ever since then, I've always run well at Martinsville and had decent finishes no matter what series I've been in." That is, good finishes except for last year's NAPA 250. "Last year we sat on the outside pole, led early but ended up breaking an axle," said Wallace, who won at Daytona to open the 2000 NCTS before capturing his second win of the year at Mesa Marin Raceway two weeks ago. "I'm looking forward to going back and repeating everything we did last year. Everything, that is, except breaking the axle. I think we've got a good shot at putting the Team ASE Ford on the front row again and getting us a solid Top-5 finish if not a win." Wallace, the 2000 NCTS points leader after the first four events of the season, will try to pad his lead when the NAPA 250 takes the green flag on Saturday, April 8. The event will open with practice and qualifying on Friday, April 7 with Saturday's 250-lap event pushing off at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will be telecast live on ESPN while MRN radio will also carry all the action.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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