Wallace Recruited By MB2

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Veteran Mike Wallace will be the substitute driver for Jerry Nadeau in the No. 01 U.S. Army/MB2 Motorsports Pontiac, it was announced Wednesday.

Wallace, 44, will be filling in for Nadeau, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a practice crash last Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. His first race in the U.S. Army car will be The Winston Open, May 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"We're appreciative that Mike has agreed to drive the U.S. Army car during Jerry's absence," said Jay Frye, general manager of MB2 Motorsports. "Mike has a vast amount of experience and we're confident that he will do a great job. This is a difficult time and we are fortunate to have a veteran like Mike, who will help all of us get through it."

The middle of three racing brothers, Wallace has competed in all three of NASCAR's premier series in recent years.

In two Winston Cup starts this season with Phoenix Racing, he recorded a ninth-place finish at the Daytona 500. Additionally, in 2003, he has competed in the Busch Series with the No. 04 Biaggi Brothers car. After 10 starts, he's 12th in the points with one top-five and two top-10's to his credit.

"First, let me say how much we're all hoping for a speedy recovery for Jerry," offered Wallace after accepting the U.S. Army ride. "I'm looking forward to helping this team out. It's a very good, quality race team. I fully understand that I'm helping out on an interim basis. The goal is to keep this car good in the points until Jerry comes back. Perhaps, we can even win a few races along the way."

In an ironic twist, this will be the second time in as many seasons that Wallace has subbed for a driver who is part of the MB2/MBV Motorsports stable. Last year, he handled the controls of the No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac while Johnny Benson recuperated from injuries sustained in a crash at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona.

In addition to his stint in the No. 10 car in last season, Wallace also drove Andy Petree's No. 33 car and A.J. Foyt's No. 14 car.

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