Wallace wins Trucks race subbing for Sadler

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Mike Wallace proved to be a suitable substitute for Elliott Sadler at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, racing to his first Truck Series victory since 2000.

Wallace was pushed to the win by Ron Hornaday Jr. as the trucks finally figured out the two-car tandem draft that drivers have used this season in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Daytona and Talladega, the two fastest tracks.

Wallace was making just his second start of the season. He was called by Kevin Harvick Inc. last week when Sadler pulled out of the race to stay home with his wife as they await the birth of their second child. Wallace said the plan to work with Hornaday for the entire race was hatched immediately after he accepted the ride.

"Right here, this is an incredibly unselfish individual because he could have worked for the win," Wallace said as he hugged Hornaday in Victory Lane. "Thank God Elliott Sadler's wife is going to have a baby and gave me this opportunity."

Wallace now has five career wins in the Truck Series, but hasn't run a full season since 2000, the same year he won his last race in the series. His last win in any NASCAR race was in 2004 in the Nationwide Series.

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