TESTING 1, 2, 3…: Prior to arriving at Kentucky Speedway for this week’s UNOH 225, the only visit Darrell Wallace, Jr. has made at the1.5-mile track is for a test session earlier this month. Wallace joined his fellow Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammates, including team-owner Kyle Busch, for a two-day session to make laps and figure out the best way around the track. Following the two days of testing, the team returned to North Carolina happy with the progress and eager to return to the track with a game plan in place and shot to put the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra in victory lane.
ROUND NO. 2: This weekend Camping World and Good Sam return to the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for their second of 11 races this season. In their first appearance on the No. 54 Toyota Tundra earlier this season at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Darrell Wallace, Jr. became the youngest driver to win a Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history. He then went on to lead 119 of 200 laps on the famed Monster Mile before fading to 10th late in the race.
ROOKIE UPDATE: Following his sixth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on June 7, 2013, Darrell Wallace, Jr. remains third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings. Jeb Burton won the race at Texas and reclaimed the points lead, now 25 points in front of Wallace.
ALONG FOR THE RIDE: As a new face in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season, follow Rookie of the Year Contender Darrell Wallace, Jr., better known as Bubba Wallace, as he chronicles his journey in the social media world. Follow Wallace on Twitter and Instagram: @BubbaWallace. Be prepared for an exciting year as Wallace makes his way around the NCWTS circuit, and looks to add many first to his growing racing resume.
TUNE IN ALERT: Tune in each Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET to SIRIUS XM NASCAR radio Channel 90 to listen to Darrell Wallace, Jr. as he checks in with Dave Moody and Angie Skinner throughout the season. Follow along as the 2013 Rookie of the Year Contender shares stories from both on and off the race track!
RACE INFO: The UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on SpeedTV, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Darrell Wallace, Jr.: “I’m excited to get back to Kentucky after our test several weeks ago. We were faster than Kyle at times and learned a lot from the test. It was a really good two days. We really got our No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Tundra dialed in. It was my first time at Kentucky Speedway and the track is rough, but a lot of fun. On my first few runs, I was way off and it took me a few runs to figure out where I needed to be on the track. After that, it kind of came natural. The guys and Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) tried different things and now we’ll put a game plan together for when we go back this week. Having Kyle (Busch) testing at the same time was very helpful, he’s the best of the best. When you can get out there and run with him and learn from him and even out run him at times, you know you are doing something right. It’ll be fun; we’ll be good for this week.”
Crew chief Jerry Baxter: “We were really happy with our test a few weeks ago. We had four drivers from KBM at the test, including Kyle (Busch). With Kyle (Busch) there helping and overseeing things, it made the test better and easier for us to learn faster throughout the two days. There were several teams there with a lot of trucks testing. That helped with putting a lot of rubber on the track and made for a good test. We had a really fast truck and we have high expectations for this week. We’ll work on our qualifying when we get to the track so we can start up front and by the end we hope to finish up front… Hopefully in front of Kyle, that’ll mean we are fast and have a shot at the win.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR