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Darrell Wallace Jr. Looking to Move Up to Nationwide

Darrell Wallace Jr. Looking to Move Up to Nationwide

by June 27, 2014 0 comments

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After an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday morning, Darrell Wallace Jr. has revealed that not only will he be running for Joe Gibbs Racing at Daytona next week in a Nationwide Series car, but he may run full-time for the organization in the series as soon as 2015.

Wallace’s appearance on the talk radio station was to announce his running in next Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 where he will race the No. 20 Camry sponsored by Coca-Cola’s ‘Share A Coke’ promotion. The announcement makes next Friday Wallace’s first-ever start at the Daytona International Speedway in the Nationwide Series and his sixth career race in the series and his second of this season. Wallace’s lone start this season came at the Talladega Superspeedway – another restrictor plate track – where he would take heavy damage after being collected in an accident on Lap 45 in the No. 20 car.

As he spoke to the hosts of the show, the conversation then turned to Wallace’s future in the sport. The 20-year-old from Mobile, Alabama would state that there were talks within the Gibbs organization on moving him up to a full-time season in the Nationwide Series as soon as next year.

“Next year, we’re talking about full-time Nationwide, and that’d be great,” Wallace said. “If not, maybe another year in the Truck Series. But the next two to three years, definitely full-time in Nationwide. Maybe getting a start in Cup, but Kentucky’s on my mind and we’re ready to roll.”

Should he stick around in the Camping World Truck Series in 2015, it would be his third full-time season in the series. Wallace is a two-time race winner in the series with his lone win of the 2014 season thus far coming at the Gateway Motorsports Park. The driver of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra is currently eighth in the points standings after finishing second in Thursday night’s UNOH 225.

If Wallace gets the call to move up to the Nationwide Series, it is unclear as to if whether or not he will use the existing No. 20 car that JGR runs or if he’ll move to a fourth car such as the No. 18. The graduate of the NASCAR Drive For Diversity program made a not-so-subtle hint, however, that Coca-Cola may come on as a partner should he movee up.

“If we can get that deal signed of being full-time Nationwide, you never know, we could be sharing a Coke at the end.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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