Milwaukee Mike Wallace, Team ASE Preview

WEST ALLIS, WI (June 25, 2000) - There's a racing adage that says if you qualify well, you'll run good in the race. Qualify badly, and you're probably in for a long day when they drop the green. Mike Wallace has proven to be the exception...

WEST ALLIS, WI (June 25, 2000) - There's a racing adage that says if you qualify well, you'll run good in the race. Qualify badly, and you're probably in for a long day when they drop the green. Mike Wallace has proven to be the exception to those time honored tomes making it a practice to struggle in qualifying only to finish well in past events at the Milwaukee Mile, the next stop on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour. "Last year, we missed the set up a little bit in qualifying and started 23rd," said Wallace, driver of the #2 Team ASE Ford. "Fortunately, we got things figured out for the race and managed to finish fourth. With the way we've improved our qualifying effort this year, if we can start closer to the front, we should have a good shot at pulling off a win." Wallace and his Team ASE mates have indeed upped their qualifying prowess opening the season with five Top-5 time trial efforts in the first six races of the season. Included in that string was a pair of pole-winning runs at Martinsville, VA and Bakersfield, CA. In tackling the historic Milwaukee oval, Wallace knows that handling will be key to getting a fast lap when he takes the track in qualifying on Friday, June 30. "The biggest challenge we'll have at Milwaukee is finding the right set up for our Team ASE Ford F150" Wallace stated. "The set up that will get the truck to turn in the middle of the corner and still be tight enough up off the corner is a winner there" Wallace knows about winning at Milwaukee, taking home the victory in the 1994 Havoline 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. Wallace started 25th in that event. In all, Wallace has turned 874 laps in four NBS competitions at Milwaukee as well as 600 more circuits in three Craftsman Truck Series events. "Milwaukee is a totally flat race track and it's difficult to get the correct chassis set up right," said Wallace. "When you do get it right, you can be extremely good. I won a Busch race there a few years ago and I've run pretty good every time I've been there. We'll be looking to have the Team ASE Ford near the front and maybe in Victory Lane this time around at Milwaukee." The Saturday, July 1 Sears DieHard NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 14th race of the 24-event 2000 NCTS season will be telecast live on CBS and will be broadcast by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace