Mike Wallace storms back at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX (June 10, 2000) - A trip to Texas Motor Speedway proved to be just the right tonic to get Mike Wallace and his ...

FORT WORTH, TX (June 10, 2000) - A trip to Texas Motor Speedway proved to be just the right tonic to get Mike Wallace and his #2 Team ASE Ford back in the thick of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title fight. "This was a great comeback for our team after a couple of disappointing events at Pikes Peak and Monroe (WA)," said Wallace after finishing second to Greg Biffle in the Pronto Auto Parts 400K on the 1.5-mile Texas oval. "I think our performance was excellent tonight. We just got beat by a truck that was a little faster than we were. I congratulate Greg on his win. He was the class of the field tonight and was for the entire weekend." Wallace showed plenty of class himself steering his Team ASE mount to the front from his 11th starting position after posting a lap of 174.803 miles per hour in qualifying. After rainstorms delayed the start of the race by more than two hours, Wallace showed he would be one of the men to beat blasting his blue, orange and white Ford F-150 through the field to take the lead. "I'm tickled to death that we got the race in and that we got to run the entire distance," Wallace stated. "At Lap 120 or so when I was leading, I swore it was raining down in Turns 1-2, but nobody else seemed to agree. It turned out to be a great race for the fans and I know all the teams are glad to have this one in the books. I would have bet we wouldn't get the race in, but that shows you what kind of weatherman I'd make. I guess I'll stick to what I'm doing." Wallace was doing just fine holding the lead until Biffle motored by on Lap 131. "I was hoping Kurt Busch and Biffle would end up racing each other and I might have had a chance to get by both of them," said Wallace. "When Kurt brushed the wall right towards the end of the race, that took that element out of it. From that point on, I knew I couldn't win the race if something didn't happen to Greg. I also knew Randy Tolsma was coming on strong, so I couldn't afford to back off any either. It came down to racing smart over the last few laps, not making any mistakes and not giving up what we had." Still running strong at the end of the 167-lap, 250.5-mile distance, Wallace was happy to collect the $42,825 in prize money for the runner-up finish. He was even more pleased to garner the points associated with a second-place effort. "We've managed to put ourselves right back into the middle of the points race and that's what we needed," said Wallace. "Some of the other guys had the kind of problems I had over the past couple of races and the points have closed right back up. We go to every race with the goal of winning, but there are just some times when you just can't for one reason or another. On those occasions, you try to finish the best you can and gain as many points as you can, and that's exactly what we did at Texas. The Team ASE guys did a great job tonight, we had a good truck and solid pit stops. Like I said earlier, we just got beat by a truck that was a little better than we were on this night." Next up for Wallace and the Team ASE bunch will be the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 17. The NCTS race on the 1.5-mile Sparta, KY track will mark the inaugural bow for the facility. The event will be telecast live on ESPN at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time and will also be broadcast by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Randy Tolsma