Mile Wallace Richmond preview

RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2000) - Heading down the stretch for the final four races of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Mike Wallace has just one thing in mind - winning races. With any luck, the driver of the ...

RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2000) - Heading down the stretch for the final four races of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Mike Wallace has just one thing in mind - winning races. With any luck, the driver of the #2 Team ASE Ford hopes to start that string of wins this Thursday at Richmond International Raceway. "I always seem to run good at Richmond, no matter what kind of vehicle I'm in," said Wallace. "I made the Winston Cup race there last year and have had a lot of good runs in the Busch Series there as well. As far as the Truck race this year, we're going there with the desire to put the Team ASE Ford in Victory Lane. We feel like we want to do that at every race and Richmond is no different. We took a little different style truck to the last race at Chicago and it ran really well. We'll be taking that same truck to Richmond and we always have good engines, so I'm looking forward to a Top-5 run in qualifying and, hopefully, earning our third victory of the season." Last year at Richmond, Wallace started his Team ASE mount from the 29th position and charged through pack to finish fourth in the Virginia is for Lovers 200. "We just had a bad qualifying run and thankfully, we were able to overcome it," said Wallace. "For some reason, our qualifying program wasn't what it should have been last year and we had to do that quite a few times. The real key at Richmond, as it was a lot of places last year, was that my Team ASE pit crew seemed to be so much better than the other pit crews. Our stops seemed to be better than everyone else's. We consistently picked up six or seven spots on at least one pit stop every race. That was a big plus all year and it helped us get to the front at Richmond last year." Wallace has been at the front of the NCTS pack throughout the 2000 NCTS campaign winning the season-opening event at Daytona (FL) International Speedway. The St. Louis, MO driver has had 14 Top-5 finishes in 20 NCTS events this year and currently ranks second in the season point standings. According to Wallace, the .750-mile Richmond oval always provides both drivers and fans alike with plenty of action. "Richmond is a multi-groove track that's a lot of fun to race," Wallace stated. "You can run on the bottom of the track when your tires are fresh and you can run the middle groove when the tires are worn. Richmond is a solid, two-groove track that allows a lot of side-by-side racing. It's a little bigger than a normal short track, but it doesn't have a lot of speedway characteristics. It's a great race for the fans especially since we run at night." Wallace and his Team ASE mates will take the green flag in this year's Kroger 200 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday. The 21st of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live by ESPN and will also be broadcast live on MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace