Mike Wallace Michingan race report

BROOKLYN, MI (July 22, 2000) - When Mike Wallace looks back on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign, he's sure to marvel at the impressive record he and the No. 2 Team ASE Ford turned in this season. The latest in those ...

BROOKLYN, MI (July 22, 2000) - When Mike Wallace looks back on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign, he's sure to marvel at the impressive record he and the No. 2 Team ASE Ford turned in this season. The latest in those accomplishments came Saturday in the Michigan 200 where Wallace fought his way to a solid third-place finish behind winner Greg Biffle and runner-up Kurt Busch. The effort marked the 11th time in 17 NCTS race this season that Wallace finished in the Top-5. "It was a real great race for us," said Wallace afterward. "All the Team ASE Ford guys did an excellent job. The problem was, I couldn't battle both Roush trucks (Biffle and Busch) by myself. If I got by them, then they would team up to help each other and I didn't have a chance. It seemed like I could keep one of them behind me, but there was no way I could keep both of them behind me. " Wallace posted the third best time in qualifying touring the two-mile Michigan oval in a lightening fast speed of 176.492 miles per hour. At the drop of the green, Wallace settled into a groove running with the leaders through the first round of pit stops at Lap 40. Wallace continued his 'wait and see' strategy until the final restart of the event on Lap 92. Driving his Team ASE Ford for all it was worth, Wallace swept into the lead for a lap before swapping the top position with Biffle and Busch several times over the final eight circuits eventually settling for third. "On the last restart, the three of us broke away and I had to be real careful, because I didn't want to start running three wide and let the rest of the guys catch up to us," Wallace stated. "I didn't want to bring another truck into the mix. We were a little tight right there at the end, as long as I kept clean air on the nose of my truck I was okay. Whenever I got right up behind someone, it would push. "It's a little disappointing to finish third when we felt we had a truck that could win, but my hat is off to Greg and Kurt, they worked the team deal to the maximum today and it paid off," Wallace continued. "At the end, I was pushing Kurt as hard as I could down into the corners, hoping he might slide up and get into Greg a little and give me shot at getting by, but he never did. Still the Team ASE guys did a great job all weekend, we had terrific pit stops and the Penske engine never missed a beat." Wallace earned $26,950 for the effort to run his season winnings to $421,735. Unfortunately, the St. Louis, MO driver lost 15 points to Biffle in the season championship chase. Wallace is still second in the standings, but is now 193 markers behind with seven races remaining. "As far as the points go, we've still got seven races left, so we'll just see if we can beat them at some of those places," said Wallace. "Unless Greg has some problems, it's going to be tough to catch him. I'm not saying we're going to give up, we're not. We're still going to go to every race and try to win and not that I wish trouble on anyone, but being honest, that's the only way we can get back into the battle for the championship. We can't afford to do anything but go flat out though because if you look a the point spread for the second through fifth positions, it's really tight. If I can't be the last guy on stage at the banquet, I want to be next to last, so we'll continue to take the same approach we have all year to the remaining races." Next up for Wallace and the Team ASE bunch will be the Powerstroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Thursday, August 3. The race on the tight .686-mile Clermont, IN oval will take the green flag at 8:30 p.m. and will be telecast live on ESPN. The race will also be broadcast live on MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch