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CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - If consistency wins championships, you have to think Mike Wallace and his ...

CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - If consistency wins championships, you have to think Mike Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford will be in the hunt right to the finish for the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title. "That's 12 Top-5 finishes in 18 events this season," said Wallace, after steering his Team ASE mount to a fourth-place finish in the Powerstroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. "That's pretty impressive. We zeroed up with Greg (Biffle) on points but gained some on Andy (Houston) and Jack (Sprague). We're pretty happy with tonight. We'll just keep top-fiving them and try to be there for the championship at the end of the season." Wallace's solid run at IRP began in qualifying where he turned in a lap of 109.960 miles per hour, good enough for sixth in the starting field. At the drop of the green, Wallace, along with his Team ASE teammate Jason Leffler, quickly blasted into the Top-5. "We just kept digging as hard as we could all night long," said Wallace. "We were a little tight at the start. We never quite got the truck perfect, but my Team ASE Ford was still very good." Wallace's truck was good enough to survive a scoring snafu after a crash on Lap 87 brought out the third caution flag of the night. With all the leaders preparing to stop for fresh tires and fuel, the pits were opened after the first half of the lead group went by pit road. That allowed a number of trucks to move past Wallace in the running order. "NASCAR had this funny deal that they didn't open pit road up for all the trucks at the same time, so we had to race by some trucks that you didn't plan on," said Wallace, who was fifth before the procedural miscue and 11th afterward. "We really got stuck behind the guys that were able to pit on the first stop and it was hard to race by them. That's just racing. We were able to get back by them and I guess that's what counts." Wallace eventually raced back into the Top-5 and waged a spirited battle with Jamie McMurry and Biffle for the third spot over the final 30 laps. In the end, the St. Louis, MO driver settled for the fourth spot. "This is a racetrack that totally conducive to bumping," said Wallace. "A lot of times, the only way you are going to get by someone is to bump them. At times, you can also do a 'slide job' on them. I could have done that to the No. 41 truck (McMurry) at the end, but I didn't want to do that. I raced him clean. It was tough to pass tonight. The lapped trucks were just fast enough that they would run in front of you. You somehow had to get by them without wrecking them or yourself." Wallace earned $20,350 for the effort and remained in second place behind Biffle in the season championship standings. Next up for Wallace and the Team ASE Ford will be a night race at Nashville Speedway USA. The Saturday, August 12 clash on the half-mile Tennessee State Fairgrounds oval will be telecast live by ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The 19th of 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season will also be broadcast by MRN radio.

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