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Monday, July 6, 2015

Mike Wallace #20 Daily's 1st Ade Sports Drink Oldsmobile

    Today on the blog, I'm gonna be looking at Mike Wallace's time driving for Dick Moroso in the #20 Daily's 1st Ade Sports Drinks Oldsmobile~ The car was driven by several drivers, but Racing Champions only made this Mike Wallace version~ I would have loved it if they made a Spencer version, but this is what we got~ Let's have a look at what we've got~

    This car kinda has a bit of a sad story attached to it~ This was the team that Rob Moroso helped build with his father Dick~ Following his tragic passing in 1990, Dick decided to continue what they had started, and during the 1992 season, picked up sponsorship from Daily's 1st Ade Sports Drink~ The team attempted to qualify for the 1992 Daytona 500, but failed to do so~ They did manage to qualify for the Motorcraft Quality Parts 500, where they started 35th and finished 33rd, with Mike Wallace behind the wheel~

                                                  Jimmy Spencer driving the car in 1992~
Jimmy Spencer #20 Daily's 1st Ade Dick Moroso Jeff Fuller Mike Wallace

    The remainder of the 1992 season was spent in the BGN division, where the team ran 30 races with drivers Jeff Fuller, Mike Wallace, and Jimmy Spencer~ Jeff Fuller drover the car @ Rockingham in his BGN debut, where he qualified 27th and finished 26th, several laps down~ Jimmy Spencer then drove the car for 17 races, with wins in the Carolina Pride/Budweiser 200 @ Myrtle Beach, and the Texas Pete 300 @ Rougemont~ Mike Wallace then ran the car for 12 races, his best coming @ Martinsville, where he finished 10th (his only top 10 during those races)~

                                 Mike Wallace #20 Daily's 1st Ade Sports Drink Oldsmobile~
Mike Wallace #20 1st Ade Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Dick Moroso Jimmy Spencer BGN
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Mike Wallace #20 1st Ade Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Dick Moroso Jimmy Spencer BGN

    Having this car in your Racing Champions collection is a must, in my opinion, as it's one of the best looking cars they made~ It may be a bit harder to find than some of the others, but it's well worth the hunt~ Don't enjoy hunting?~ Don't worry... that's what Ebay's for~

    I myself love the hunt, the thrill of going out there, looking for your favorite cars, not knowing when or where you'll find them~ The red and black color scheme on this car really set it on another level~ It's a shame it only ran 1 season in BGN~ Following the 92 season, Moroso would switch sponsorship to Fina Lube, with Randy Lajoie in the drivers seat~

    A few more Racing Champions side notes, following the 1992 Daytona in which this car failed to qualify, Racing Champions ran a promotion for the race and gave out a 3-car set of the top 3 finishers, Davey Allison, Morgan Shepherd, and Geoff Bodine, in a blister pack~

    There are some packs that came with errors that had Bodine listed in second, but in the same order on the box~ The package is considered rare today, but can still be found in some novelty shops~ Richard Petty ran a promotion where he ran a diecast car of each race he ran in the 92 season, including the Daytona 500~

   Dick Moroso died of brain cancer in 1998, at the age of 59, although a huge piece of him died along with his son, Rob in 1990~ You can only imagine the sadness he had to feel every time he entered the race track, every time he saw that #20 Oldsmobile~ I wasn't able to find either of the 2 wins this car had, but I did find the 1992 Goody's 300, where Mike started 38th and finished 28th~ Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by the Racing Champions blog~

                                                         1992 Goody's 300 (full race)~

                                                     

   

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