Mike Wallace Nazareth review

NAZARETH, PA (July 15, 2000) - Mike Wallace posted another Top-10 finish steering the ...

NAZARETH, PA (July 15, 2000) - Mike Wallace posted another Top-10 finish steering the #2 Team ASE Ford to a 10th-place effort in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway Saturday. The finish might have been even higher if not for some bad luck in the late stages of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. "We had a right side tire go flat late in the race and we got lapped," said Wallace. "Joe Ruttman (the leader throughout most of the race) was running so good at that time, we figured there was no way to get our lap back. We were good enough to come in to pit under green, change right sides and take off from there staying just one lap down." Wallace started the 16th NCTS event of the 2000 season from the 13th position after touring the five-turn Nazareth oval at an average speed of 128.585 in Friday's qualifying session. At the drop of the green flag Saturday, Wallace quickly moved into the Top-10 by the 15th circuit. The St. Louis, MO driver then worked his way into the Top-5 ,thanks in great part to his Team ASE pit crew. On one stop, Wallace came in seventh and exited pit road in the second spot. A third victory of the 2000 NCTS season was to elude Wallace, however, as he spent most of the contest driving around and through the several wrecks that punctuated the event. "The back end of the truck got all torn up on the restart when we got run into from behind," Wallace stated. "We were still able to manage a Top-10 run. We'll just take it and go on from there." Wallace earned $11,700 for the effort in the event, which was won by Dennis Setzer. More importantly, the Top-10 run kept Wallace second in the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season championship standings, 178 markers behind Greg Biffle. "As much as I don't like doing it, right now we're points racing," said Wallace. "We lost a few points to Greg Biffle and Jack Sprague today, but we did manage to finish a spot ahead of Andy Houston and pick up a few points on him. Now we'll just get ready to head for Michigan and hope we can have a good run there." As Wallace stated, the Michigan International Speedway two-mile oval will be the next test for Wallace and his Team ASE mates. The Michigan 200 will take the green flag Saturday, July 22 and will be telecast live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN. MRN radio will also broadcast the event live,

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Joe Ruttman