TALLADEGA, Ala. — official release — Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America photo — Darrell Wallace Jr. hopes the “skies are so blue” this weekend as the Alabama native returns to his home track of Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
Fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, the 20-year-old currently rides a streak of consecutive runner-up finishes in his last two starts at Las Vegas and New Hampshire. Even with those results, Wallace has barely been able to gain ground on standings leader Matt Crafton, who finished third behind him in both races.
Wallace trails Crafton by 33 points in the standings and expressed his frustration with catching him in the Las Vegas post-race press conference when Crafton was asked about his outlook for Talladega.
“Don’t worry. (Crafton will) finish right behind the guy who’s trying to beat him in points,” Wallace jokingly interjected.
The No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports driver will make his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega after finishing 17th in his first appearance there last year.
On the season, Wallace owns two wins, seven top fives and 10 top 10s in 17 starts. He boasts a season-to-date 106.8 Driver Rating – the highest in the NCWTS.
Fun fact: Despite hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Wallace does not support the Alabama or Auburn football teams. Instead he is a huge fan of the University of Tennessee, where his mother, Desiree (Gillispie) Wallace ran track from 1983-84.