Mike Wallace not a bad day at Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - You'd expect Mike Wallace to be disappointed after finishing ninth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. In reality, just the opposite was true. "All in...

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - You'd expect Mike Wallace to be disappointed after finishing ninth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. In reality, just the opposite was true. "All in all, is wasn't a bad day," said Wallace, who drove the #2 Team ASE Ford to a win at Daytona, FL and a second-place finish at Homestead, FL in the first two NCTS events of the season. "Our finish certainly could have been worse. The Team ASE F-150 is in one piece and we still ended up with a Top-10 finish. That's what we had to have here this weekend." Wallace started the 150-mile test on the one-mile PIR oval from the fifth position after posting a 28.119-second (128.027 miles per hour) lap in qualifying Friday. At the drop of the green flag Sunday, the St. Louis, MO native stayed near the front of the pack despite having handling problems throughout the race. "We never could get dialed in today," said Wallace, who earned $8,751 for the ninth-place effort. "We never could get the truck the way I needed it to be to run with the guys up front. I've got to say that I think the guys that did run in the front today showed a lot of maturity. A couple of years ago in this series you could have pretty much expected some kind of incident that would have taken a few of the leaders out of contention. It never happened and that's a credit to how far this series has come." Wallace and the Team ASE crew will now head for Bakersfield, CA and the Dodge California 250, the fourth event on the 2000 NCTS tour. Qualifying on the tight half-mile Mesa Marin Raceway oval is set for Friday, March 24 with the Dodge California 250 taking the green flag on Sunday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be broadcast live on MRN radio. The event will be telecast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace