Wallace Wins in Truck Return

Darrell Wallace Jr.

"This is such a huge win for me." (Photo: Getty Images)

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Darrell Wallace Jr. made the most of his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, winning Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Wallace goes back-to-back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as he won in his most recent series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2014 - two years, nine months and 17 days ago. It’s the sixth victory for Wallace in his 45th career start.

“Such a huge moment for not only myself but everybody involved,” Wallace said. “This is such a huge win for me. Two in a row. Three years apart. But it’s good to be back in the Truck Series.”

The victory is also the first for MDM Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Wallace is the seventh different driver to compete for MDM in 2017.

“It’s all about who you surround yourself with and having the right people work on these trucks,” Wallace said. “They know what they’re doing and it’s awesome to see a smaller team go out there and compete with the big teams and dominate."

Wallace finished ninth in Stage 1 but 19th in Stage 2 after suffering a Lap 53 pit road penalty for too many men over the wall. But after pit stops for the start of the final Stage, Wallace found himself back near the front of the field.

Wallace made an aggressive move for the lead, going low to pass race leader Austin Cindric with 10 laps to go. 

“I didn’t want to make that move that early. I wanted to wait till three or four to go,” Wallace said. “That also shows the product they put us in our race trucks to keep us up front and put our truck in Victory Lane."

Wallace had to hold off charges from an array of drivers in the closing laps before finally taking the checkered flag by .176 seconds over Christopher Bell.

It’s the seventh straight top-10 finish for Bell who maintains his lead in the series standings by 37 over Johnny Sauter.

“I hope the fans enjoyed that one because it was a ton of fun,” Bell said. “We just didn’t seem to have the raw speed to get up there and get by them. I wish I would have been able to work that inside pass like I did the time before. I didn’t quite get there.”

Kyle Busch won the first two stages on Saturday before suffering a flat right front tire after getting slight damage in a crash involving Wallace and Cody Coughlin on a restart in Stage 3 but recovered to finish third. 

“We had a really, really fast Tundra and was hopefully being able to keep our track position there and race those guys but it was hard to make any moves and try to pass and go for the win by yourself,” Busch said. 

Ryan Truex and Austin Cindric, who led a career-high 24 laps, rounded out the top-five finishers.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a quick turnaround before the next race, a mid-week stop on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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