Mike Wallace see Nazareth as a "road course'

NAZARETH, PA (July 11, 2000) - Mike Wallace will strap into his ...

NAZARETH, PA (July 11, 2000) - Mike Wallace will strap into his #2 Team ASE Ford this weekend knowing he's got 200 laps in front of him on the one-mile Nazareth Speedway oval. Unlike other oval track races, however, Wallace will be of a totally different mindset when the green flag drops at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday. "I think the best way to describe Nazareth is a road course oval," said Wallace. "You have five turns that drive like a road course but they all turn left and get you back to the start/finish line in a circle. You have to have a road course mentality when you're driving Nazareth. It's definitely one of the most unique race tracks on the circuit." Wallace, coming off a strong second-place finish in the last NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway, also indicated the tricky Nazareth oval presents some choices not usually found on regular circle tracks. "One of the decisions you have to make when you race at Nazareth is to shift or not to shift," said Wallace. "I've tried it both ways and I'm not sure one is better than the other. Nazareth is definitely a driver's track. Because all five corners are different, you have to compromise at different parts of the racetrack. It'll be a challenge every lap for 200 laps." In the past, Wallace has had a love-hate affair with Nazareth Speedway. In three NCTS events at the track, the St. Louis, MO driver has failed to crack the Top-5 at the finish. Last year, Wallace appeared to have that distinction in his rear view mirror only to have trouble find him just short of the checkered flag. "We haven't had the stellar kind of finishes in the Team ASE Ford at Nazareth that we're used to at other tracks," Wallace stated. "Last year, we were pretty good and running second with two laps to go when we got turned around by Jack Sprague. That pretty much ruined our day and saddled us with a 13th-place finish." With two victories and four runner-up finishes to his credit this season, another strong run would go a long way in helping Wallace toward the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title. Currently second in the season standings, 142 points behind leader Greg Biffle, Wallace would like nothing better than to win this weekend. The victory would also prove to be extra special to a key member of the Team ASE unit. "We always want to do well at every track we go to, but we'll have extra incentive this week," said Wallace. "Our Team ASE crew chief, Tim Kohuth, grew up in this area and I'm sure he's going to want to do especially well in front of all his family and friends. We'll be racing to win, like we do every week, but we'll be racing for Tim's family pride too." The Chevy Silverado 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Nazareth Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 15, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 16th of 24 races on the NCTS tour this season will be telecast live by CBS. The race will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Jack Sprague