Mike Wallace, Team ASE have mechanical woes at Evergreen

EVERGREEN, WA (June 4, 2000) - Throughout the course of the 24-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 season, there are going to be a couple of races a team would like to forget. The Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway was one of those races...

EVERGREEN, WA (June 4, 2000) - Throughout the course of the 24-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 season, there are going to be a couple of races a team would like to forget. The Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway was one of those races for Mike Wallace and the Team ASE Ford. "I don't know if we broke a rear end ratchet or something of that nature," said Wallace, who finished 16th in the event. "Something went severely wrong with our Team ASE Ford real early in the race. After the problem hit, we just kept backing up. We were in a survival mode from that point on." Wallace started the 200-lap event on the shopworn .646-mile Monroe, WA oval from the sixth position and quickly moved up in the running order. Comfortably in third position by Lap 10, Wallace began to drift back in the field, apparently suffering from the same tire problems that plagued a host of competitors in the event. Wallace's problems proved to be much greater, however, as a tire change didn't cure the problem. By Lap 65, the St. Louis, MO driver was one lap down to the leaders. "We're wicked loose," Wallace radioed his crew. "I can hardly drive this thing." Wallace somehow managed to hang on to the crippled truck soldiering to the 16th-place effort. The mechanical problem not only also saddled Wallace with an uncharacteristic finish, but also it dropped him two positions back to fourth in the season points chase. Wallace is now 121 markers out of the top spot, still well within striking distance of leader Jack Sprague with 14 races remaining on the schedule. Next up for Wallace and the Team ASE Ford will be an NCTS test at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 9. The race on the high-banked, 1.5-mile Texas layout marks a return to the superspeedways where Wallace has fared well this season, a record that includes a win at Daytona International Speedway. The Pronto Auto Parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday and will be telecast live on ESPN2. MRN radio will also broadcast the event live.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Jack Sprague