Wallace Slaps Competitor; No Penalties Expected
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on November 7, 2013 | 11:37 P.M. EST
Darrell Wallace Jr.'s truck is towed after a wreck with Chad Frewaldt in practice Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR does not plan to penalize Darrell Wallace Jr. for slapping Chad Frewaldt after Frewaldt wrecked Wallace during Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series practice at Phoenix International Raceway, a series official told Motor Racing Network.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said that officials met with both drivers after the incident but didn’t foresee any penalties forthcoming.
“We just chalk it up to a couple of rookie mistakes,’’ Pemberton told Motor Racing Network.
Frewaldt, a 43-year-old rookie from Kansas City, Kan., is seeking to make his first series start. The 20-year-old Wallace is completing his first year in the series and won at Martinsville Speedway last month - becoming the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since Wendell Scott in 1963.
Wallace had just passed Frewaldt when Frewaldt clipped Wallace in the left rear. That sent Wallace spinning into the wall and hitting on the driver’s side. Wallace’s truck came to rest along the inside wall in Turn 4. Frewaldt’s truck stopped along the outside wall.
"I thought I was clear and next thing you know I'm in the fence,'' Wallace said Friday after qualifying. "Two rookies racing around each other and that's what you get. A lesson learned on both ends, I hope.''
Wallace exited his truck and ran across the track to confront Frewaldt, who was still in his vehicle.
"I don't think I've ever gotten out of the truck that fast,'' Wallace said.
Wallace reached in Frewaldt's truck and struck him. After Wallace rose his arms as if to ask why the contact happened, he reached into the Frewaldt’s truck again before walking away.
“Darrell’s temper got the best of him for a little bit,’’ Pemberton said.
Wallace said Friday that he had not talked Frewaldt.
Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix Int’l Raceway at 7:45 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.