Mile Wallace Dover race notes

DOVER, DE (September 23, 2000) - Throughout his racing career, Mike Wallace has rarely had as dominating performance as he did in the MBNA e-commerce 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover Downs International Speedway....

DOVER, DE (September 23, 2000) - Throughout his racing career, Mike Wallace has rarely had as dominating performance as he did in the MBNA e-commerce 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover Downs International Speedway. Unfortunately for Wallace and his No. 2 Team ASE Ford, it was also one of the most frustrating. Wallace led nearly three-quarters of the 200-lap event on Dover's "Monster Mile" only to be shoved into the front-stretch wall by second-place runner Kurt Busch just three circuits from the finish. The incident left both Wallace and his Team ASE mount steaming as Busch went on to take the victory. "We dominated the race all day," said Wallace, who was officially credited with 12th position in the final running order. "The 50 (Greg Biffle) and the 99 (Busch) led a few laps each, but we for the most part we led the whole thing and then got taken out. How do you get loose on the straightaway? I drove straight past the start-finish line and then got turned. If that's what he (Busch) thinks he wants to do to win a race that's no problem. From my point of view it was a very unethical way to win a race." Wallace appeared to be in line to collect the lion's share of the event's $554,037 payout when he blasted from his seventh starting position to the lead in just 10 laps. For the rest of the event, Wallace's bright orange, blue and white Team ASE Ford F-150 was the class of the field leading 120 of the first 150 laps. Along the way, Wallace's Team ASE pit crew also proved they had their "A-Game" going sending Wallace out with the lead each time he came in for fresh tires and fuel. On one stop, crew chief Tim Kohuth's Team ASE chargers sent Wallace back out on the track in a lightning-fast 8.6 seconds. Unfortunately for Wallace, lightning of a different kind was to strike as he and Busch tangled just laps from the finish. "I drove hard all day and we had a really good truck," Wallace stated. "Up until the finish, I didn't have a mark on my truck. You know, if I just got beat I could accept that, but I can't accept what happened. There's nothing I can do about it now, but it's a heartbreaker. We hit on the right chassis combination yesterday in happy hour. I knew what I wanted the truck to feel like, and the guys on the team hit on a combination that gave me the feel I needed. I knew we were going to be good today. These Team ASE guys did such a great job and then you end up like we did. I wish I'd have just gotten beat. That I could take, but Busch just drove into the back of me and that's not right." Wallace might have taken an even bigger hit in the point standings as Biffle, the series leader, finished second at Dover. That put the second-place Wallace 290 markers out of the top spot with just two races remaining at Fort Worth, TX (Oct. 13) and Fontana, CA (Oct. 28). The next to last race of the 2000 NCTS season, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway, will take the green flag at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 13. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast as it happens on MRN rad

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch