[media-credit name=”bristolmotorspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”199″][/media-credit]GAFFNEY, S.C. (March 13, 2012) – Mike Wallace and the No. 01 G&K Services Chevrolet of JD Motorsports are looking forward to this Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sure, there are some drivers who might dread the action that awaits them at the half-mile, high-banked concreted oval. But, that doesn’t apply to team owner Johnny Davis, Wallace and crew chief Newt Moore.
They’ve been around racing long enough to experience Bristol a few times. That, in turn, gives them the right perspective in regards to what it takes to be successful in the concrete arena.
Mike Wallace Fast Facts
· This will be Wallace’s 420th NASCAR Nationwide Series start, and fourth of the 2012 season.
· The four-time NNS winner had a best start of third (1996) and finish of fourth (1993) during his previous 27 starts at BMS
· During that span, the St. Louis native has completed 86.9 percent (5,938 of 6,835) of race laps.
· His one top-five and five top-10 finishes have aided in a 21.3 average finish at the track.
· In this race last year, engine woes cut the No. 01 team’s day 24 laps short relegating them to a 32nd-place finish
· Through the first three starts in 2012, Wallace has completed 90.8 percent (472 of 520) laps scheduled and led one circuit.
· He and brother Kenny Wallace are currently tied for 16th and 17th in Driver’s Points for the NNS.
Tune in for the Win: There are two practice sessions on Friday. The first is 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. ET, then 2 to 3:30 p.m. which are both on SPEED TV. Qualifying will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning on SPEED. Then, switch over to ESPN for flag-to-flag coverage of al 300 laps beginning at 2 p.m., or tune into PRN and XM Sirius NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 for your hearing pleasure.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “Bristol is one of those tracks where you need to be good early, so you can be good for the end. You have to be fast as soon as they drop the green flag because if you start to get lapped early, then you’re going to be chasing track position right from the start.
“We need to take advantage of our two practice sessions on Friday and get our G&K Services Chevrolet dialed in right away. If we have good practice sessions, then back it with an equal qualifying run, I’m confident this team can be competitive in the race.
“I know its St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m sure the usual Bristol crowd is going to be a little more animated than usual. So, it’s up to myself, Newt, Johnny and the team to give them a good show. If we can stay out of other people’s problems, then we’ll give the fans in the stands what they can me to see.”