Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/5/14
• Darrell Wallace, Jr. earned his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award on Friday, May 31, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway becoming the youngest pole sitter in series history at the age of 19. • Making his first NCWTS start at the famed one-mile track, Wallace and his No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra led the field to green for the Lucas Oil 200 and with a strong truck, immediately began to pull away from the field. • Settling in for 200 laps around the ‘Monster Mile,’ Wallace led the first 119 laps and earned the award for most laps led. • Only making minor adjustments throughout the first half of the race, Wallace radioed his team on several occasions that his truck was solid as he mapped his way around the concrete oval. • With a long-green flag run, Wallace gave up the lead for the first time on lap 120 for a scheduled pit stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Once the field cycled through stops, eventual winner Kyle Busch had taken over the lead and Wallace was scored second. • Continuing to run in the top five, Wallace began slipping back in the field as he began to fight his free-handling Toyota Tundra. Opting to pit under a late caution on lap 181 from the fifth position for adjustments, Wallace restarted the race on lap 184 from ninth. Unable to gain positions in the closing laps, Wallace finished the Lucas Oil 200 with a solid 10th-place finish. The finish is Wallace’s third top-10 finish in six NCWTS starts. • Following the race, the team told Wallace a spring rubber had fallen out and that was the result of the change in handling of his No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra. • Busch won the race followed by Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan. Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Post Race Thoughts: “That’s what we needed, not what we wanted, but that’s what we needed. Just coming back after the last race and a top-10 is what we wanted — it’s what we shoot for each and every race out of the week — especially a win. If we can land those –that will get us back up there in the points. Ended up leading 119 laps and the spring rubber fell out there at the end, that’s why we couldn’t really gain anything. We gained a couple right there on the second to last restart, but got bunched up on the bottom and lost all the track position. I’m still proud of our Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra team. We’re close, we’re that much closer.”
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