MEMPHIS, TN (May 9, 2000) - To hear Mike Wallace tell it, the formula to winning races at any of the tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour is a simple one. "The key components at Memphis Motorsports Park are the same as ...
MEMPHIS, TN (May 9, 2000) - To hear Mike Wallace tell it, the formula to winning races at any of the tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour is a simple one.
"The key components at Memphis Motorsports Park are the same as every track we go to," said Wallace of this week's stop on the 24-race 2000 NCTS schedule. "You've got to be able to get the truck to turn in the middle of the corner. To do that and be fast, you've got to come up with the right combination of springs, shocks and sway bars, the same things we work with every week at every track."
Wallace knows what he's talking about. The driver of the #2 Team ASE Ford currently leads the NCTS point standings on the strength of two wins and five Top-5 finishes. In the seven Truck Series events this season, the St. Louis, MO native has yet to finish outside the Top-10.
That wasn't the case last year at Memphis as a late-race crash relegated the Team ASE Ford to a 29th-place finish.
"Last year we were running as high as second place for a lot of the race," said Wallace. "Then we missed the combination a little bit and started backing up. In the end, we basically got crashed."
This time around, Wallace hopes for better results.
"Memphis is a pretty good race track for us," stated the 40-year-old driver. "We get around it fine. The track itself is fairly easy, just a little rough down the back straightaway. You've got to have your front shock package right, other than that it's fairly simple to get around. We'll go there like to any other race track, with confidence that we can win the race."
The Quaker State 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park will take the green flag Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast worldwide by MRN radio.