Mike Wallace looking to win at Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (August 7, 2000) - Mike Wallace hopes to be singing a winning tune when he and his No. 2 Team ASE Ford take on venerable Nashville Speedway USA in the Federated Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race this weekend. ...

NASHVILLE, TN (August 7, 2000) - Mike Wallace hopes to be singing a winning tune when he and his No. 2 Team ASE Ford take on venerable Nashville Speedway USA in the Federated Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race this weekend. "It will be neat to win the race because it will be the last time they are going to run the trucks, or the Busch cars or anything at Nashville," Wallace stated, noting the historical value of this event. "They are building a new speedway that will open next year. There's a tradition at Nashville where they give the winner of the race a very cool Gibson guitar. I want one of those guitars. Just like anywhere else, we're going to Nashville thinking we can win the race or run well. That's the only outlook we have." Last year, Wallace was right on key guiding his Team ASE Ford from the 19th starting position to the runner-up spot with less than 50 laps to go. Unfortunately, Wallace then hit a sour note when his Ford F-150 slammed into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 216 of the 250-circuit contest. "The race at Nashville last year was a good event for us," said Wallace. "Early in the race we found a groove that no one else had been running. We got up to second only to break a right front wheel, so we sure didn't get the finish we wanted." After two wins and 12 Top-5 finishes in 18 NCTS events this season, Wallace expects to be at or near the front of the pack at Nashville this weekend. According to the veteran St. Louis, MO driver, the .596 Nashville oval is a track to be wary of. "As far as the racetrack goes, it is one of those old traditional, been around forever, half-mile high-banked racetracks," said Wallace. "The preferred groove is on the bottom of the racetrack, but there is an upper groove. The surface is pretty worn out and it's tough to get traction there. It'll definitely be a tire management race. It's just a narrow groove, older racetrack where you have to be careful every lap." Wallace and the Team ASE Ford will take the green flag in the Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA on Saturday, August 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The 19th of 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season will be telecast live by ESPN and will also be broadcast by MRN radio.

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