Mike Wallace Set Sights on Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 7, 2000) -- By the way his season has started, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Mike Wallace has placed himself in legitimate contention for the series championship. A win in the inaugual Daytona 250 at the famed...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 7, 2000) -- By the way his season has started, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Mike Wallace has placed himself in legitimate contention for the series championship. A win in the inaugual Daytona 250 at the famed 2.5-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway followed the very next week by a second-place finish in the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the Homestead Miami Speedway placed Wallace on top of the points standings. It is a position that the St. Louis native would gladly occupy for the remainder of the season. "I'm the type of person who likes to set goals for myself," Wallace said. "My goal at the beginning of this season was to win races, be consistent, and ultimately win the championship. We ended one season and started another on a high note. I think we have the equipment to be at the front each week." Although some may say those are lofty expectations for any driver, Wallace disagrees. "It doesn't take any more energy to dream big then it does to dream small," Wallace said. "I have an excellent team behind me and based on the way we ran last year I think a championship is completely possible. "I knew I had a good truck in Daytona and it was going to take something big to keep me from winning that race. We went out there and did exactly what we needed to do. The next week, we went to Homestead as the defending race winner. Qualifying didn't go as well as we had expected, but we weren't giving up. We caught a break in the race and finished second. To win a championship, you've got to be good and lucky. So far, we've been both." In his second season driving for team owner Jim Smith, Wallace definitely has no complaints about the No. 2 Ultra Motorsports Ford he pilots 25 weekends out of the year. "[Crew chief] Tim Kohuth and the crew is behind me 100 percent each week," Wallace said. "I really couldn't ask for a better situation right now. We have the best finishing record of any team in any of the three series right now (NASCAR Craftsmand Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, NASACAR Winston Cup Series. We're really proud of that. Hopefully, we'll continue down this path we're on right to the championship."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Jim Smith