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Youth Power: Darrell Wallace Jr Wins at Gateway

by June 15, 2014 0 comments

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MADISON, Ill. — It’s safe to say that Darrell Wallace Jr. (Kyle Busch Motorsports) will be sleeping easy tonight.

Wallace was able to drive his way into a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory lane for the second time in his career after fending off a hungry German Quiroga (Red Horse Racing) in the closing laps of the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Wallace led a total of 85 of 160 completed laps to earn Kyle Busch Motorsports their fifth win of the season. Wallace would make the race-winning pass on a late-race restart after Quiroga would clash with Wallace’s KBM teammate, Erik Jones.

“It was wild,” Wallace said. “Such a bummer for Erik, man. I thought it was out of our hands there until that caution with him but me and him were so fast, Kyle [Busch, team owner] was not in the race but he dominated all race pretty much. Huge shout-out to ToyotaCare, this made-in-America Toyota Tundra was on a roll tonight. I got into a little of trouble on the first pit stop but a little adversity never hurt anybody.”

Wallace started his race on the outside of the front row with Cole Custer (Haas Racing Development) leading the field to the green. Wallace would immediately pounce and grab the lead from the rookie and would lead the first 62 laps of the race. Several teams would push their luck on fuel strategy early on in the 160-lap event; Gray Gaulding (NTS Motorsports) would run out of fuel and stop right at the entrance of pit road, bringing out what was then the third caution of the night. During the madness of the first pit cycle, Quiroga, John Hunter Nemechek (SWM-NEMCO Motorsports), and Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) would each take turns leading the race.

Crafton would lead the field back to green after the caution for Gaulding, the green flag wouldn’t be out for long as Custer would slide up the track and into the No. 07 Silverado of Ray Black Jr. (SS-Green Light Racing) in Turn 2 on Lap 74. Once the race resumed under green-flag conditions, Nemechek would take the lead and hold it for 44 consecutive laps until Crafton would retake it on Lap 122. Crafton’s lead would be short-lived, however, as he would smack the wall off of Turn 4 and tear up the right side of his truck – the points leader heading into the race went on to finish 26th.

Wallace would re-take the lead on the restart on Lap 134 but would get shuffled out of the lead on a restart on Lap 153 on a brilliant three-wide move made by both Quiroga and Jones. Less than a full lap later, Jones would be sent around by Quiroga, prompting Jones’ No. 51 crew to run down to Quiroga’s pit to confront the Red Horse Racing team. No punches were thrown, just words – words that we likely can’t reproduce for the sake of this report.

Wallace would elect to run the outside lane on the Lap 158 restart and would give Quiroga a bit of a slam heading down the back straightaway. The driver of the No. 54 Tundra was able to clear the No. 77 Tundra by the front straightaway and would power away to claim his first victory of the season by 329 thousandths of a second.

Wallace and his No. 54 crew were able to claw their way back up the points standings with his win, Wallace is now 43 points out of the points lead and has gained two spots in the standings with his win – sitting currently in ninth. Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing) was able to take the points lead from his teammate Crafton after Crafton’s mid-race incident and will lead his teammate by 10 points heading into the series’ next race.

The Camping World Truck Series heads to the Kentucky Speedway in less than two weeks for the UNOH 225. The race is to be held on a Thursday night on June 26th.

Top-10 Finishers of the Drivin’ for Linemen 200

  1. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports
  2. 77 – German Quiroga – Toyota – Red Horse Racing
  3. 17 – Timothy Peters – Toyota – Red Horse Racing
  4. 98 – Johnny Sauter – Toyota – ThorSport Racing
  5. 30 – Ron Hornaday Jr. – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  6. 00 – Cole Custer – Chevrolet – Haas Racing Development
  7. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing
  8. 5 – John Wes Townley – Toyota – Wauters Motorsports
  9. 9 – Chase Pistone# – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports
  10. 32 – Tayler Malsam – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 7 of 22

  1. 98 – Johnny Sauter – ThorSport Racing – 261 | Leader
  2. 88 – Matt Crafton – ThorSport Racing – 251 | -10
  3. 30 – Ron Hornaday Jr. – Turner Scott Motorsports – 248 | -13
  4. 17 – Timothy Peters – Red Horse Racing – 246 | -15
  5. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Brad Keselowski Racing – 244 | -17
  6. 77 – German Quiroga – Red Horse Racing – 243 | -18
  7. 5 – John Wes Townley – Wauters Motorsports – 234 | -27
  8. 31 – Ben Kennedy – Turner Scott Motorsports – 229 | -32
  9. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 218 | -43
  10. 13 – Jeb Burton – ThorSport Racing – 211 | -50

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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