Darrell Wallace Jr. Confirmed to Join Roush Fenway Racing

Darrell Wallace Jr. Confirmed to Join Roush Fenway Racing

by December 18, 2014 0 comments

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CONCORD, N.C. — Five-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. is headed to Roush Fenway Racing to race in the XFINITY Series next year.

In an announcement made by Roush Fenway officials today, Wallace Jr., 21, has officially been confirmed to drive the team’s No. 6 Ford Mustang for the 2015 season.

Wallace Jr., a native of Mobile, Alabama, will join Elliott Sadler, Chris Buescher, and Ryan Reed as confirmed drivers for Roush Fenway’s XFINITY program for next season.

While Sadler, Buescher, and Reed will run full-time in the series, Wallace Jr’s schedule has yet to be determined.

For the graduate of NASCAR’s Next and Drive for Diversity programs, Thursday’s announcement of his acquisition by NASCAR’s winningest organization is a personal triumph for one of the brightest talents moving up through the NASCAR ranks.

“I’ve had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have,” Wallace said. “When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers.

“Now, as I join the winningest team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team’s legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers.”

Wallace Jr. comes to Roush Fenway with previous experience in the XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing.

In six career starts in the series across the 2012 and 2014 seasons, ‘Bubba’ has four top-10 finishes and one pole award to his credit with an average finish of 12.7.

Wallace Jr’s added presence in a driver lineup consisting of two drivers entering their sophomore season and a series veteran makes for a beneficial team dynamic for the four-time championship winning organization, says team co-owner Jack Roush.

“We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board,” Roush said. “He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed.

“We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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