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Darrell Wallace Jr. Holds On For Emotional Win In Homestead

Darrell Wallace Jr. Holds On For Emotional Win In Homestead

by November 15, 2014 0 comments

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – In epic fashion, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season came to an end on Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Darrell Wallace Jr. held off hard charging, Kyle Larson in the closing laps of the Ford EcoBoost 200 to earn his fourth victory of the season. His win also locked up the owner’s championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The win is Wallace Jr.’s first on an intermediate track.

“Eddie’s (Troconis, team engineer) mom (Alejandra Troconis) — she passed away this morning — and I told them to take my name off the truck and put her name on there,” Wallace Jr. said. “I said we had a guardian angel and she took us to victory lane. I told everybody that we wanted it more than anybody else and let’s show us. I saw that trophy coming down the stage and said that was a cool one — it’s a unique one. I have all the unique ones so why not add that one to the shelf. I can’t thank these guys enough for their hard work over two years. It’s been fun at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports). I’m not sure what the future brings for me, but this is one hell of a way to go out.”

There were 13 leads changes between five drivers. Kyle Larson who started on the pole led the most laps with 96, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. who led 30 laps. The race had seven cautions and only one was for a multi-truck accident.

On Lap 111 Tyler Reddick spun in Turn 1 bringing out the only caution that involved more than one driver. His truck got loose while racing three-wide, and in an effort to save it from spinning, he chased it up the track. Reddick made contact with Kyle Larson, but amazingly, he was able to keep the truck from completely spinning.

On the final lap, Kyle Larson made one last effort to pass Wallace Jr. in Turn 4 but he had to settle for a second place finish. Timothy Peters came out of nowhere to finish third. While the leaders had a three-way battle in the closing laps, Peters was able to run them down. Kyle Busch finished fourth, and Ryan Blaney had an impressive fifth place finish after battling shifter issues all night.

Matt Crafton became the first driver in series history to win consecutive championships. Read more: http://thefourthturn.com/2014/11/matt-crafton-becomes-first-driver-to-win-back-to-back-ncwts-championships/

Ben Kennedy captured Rookie of the Year honors, as well. He finished 17th on Friday and ended the season 9th in the point standings. Kennedy earned one top-five finish, along with seven top-10 finishes.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ next race will be at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2015. It will be live on Fox Sports 1, but the start time has yet to be announced.

Ford EcoBoost 200 Results:
1.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.
2.) #42 Kyle Larson
3.) #17 Timothy Peters
4.) #51 Kyle Busch
5.) #29 Ryan Blaney
6.) #19 Tyler Reddick
7.) #9 Ty Dillon
8.) #8 Joe Nemechek
9.) #88 Matt Crafton
10.) #98 Johnny Sauter
11.) #35 Ross Chastain
12.) #20 Daniel Hemric
13.) #9 Jeb Burton
14.) #23 Spencer Gallagher
15.) #77 German Quiroga
16.) #48 Mason Mitchell
17.) #31 Ben Kennedy
18.) #99 Bryan Silas
19.) #32 Tayler Malsam
20.) #92 Austin Hill
21.) #45 Matt Tifft
22.) #63 Justin Jennings
23.) #21 Joey Coulter
24.) #02 Tyler Young
25.) #59 Kyle Martel
26.) #07 Todd Peck
27.) #82 Derek While
28.) #08 Ray Black Jr.
29.) #15 Mason Mingus
30.) #74 Jordan Anderson
31.) #50 Wendell Chavous
32.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
33.) #36 Scott Stenzel
34.) #6 Norm Benning
35.) #05 John Wes Townley
36.) #0 Caleb Roark

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #29 Ryan Blaney -21
3.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr. -34
4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -60
5.) #17 Timothy Peters -87
6.) #77 German Quiroga -150
7.) #21 Joey Coulter -153
8.) #13 Jeb Burton -154
9.) #31 Ben Kennedy -154
10.) #99 Bryan Silas -285

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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