Wallace To Run Talladega

Darrell Wallace Jr.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his season debut at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Darrell Wallace, Jr. is set to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the season May 3 at Tallladega Superspeedway in the No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. This will mark the 20-year-old’s fifth-career start in the series.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity for Darrell in Talladega,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has been doing a great job in the Truck series with his KBM team and we want to make sure he continues to gain experience in our Nationwide Series cars as well.”

In his previous four starts in the Nationwide Series, Wallace earned one pole (Dover) and three top-10 finishes in 2011. His worst finish in those four starts is 12th at Dover after contact on a late restart. 

“It’s good to be back behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series,” Wallace said. “I’m excited to work with (crew chief) Kevin Kidd and all the guys on this Nationwide Series team. I know they have a good Toyota Camry and Matt (Kenseth) has been running it all season long and posted good finishes. Hopefully, we can go out there, stay out of harm’s way and add to that by posting a good, strong finish at Talladega.”

Wallace competes full time in the Truck series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. After two races this season, he has one second-place finish and is eighth in the point standings.

In his only start at Talladega Superspeedway during the 2013 Truck season, Wallace started 10th and was poised for a solid finish before being caught in last-lap crash exiting turn four. He was credited with a 17th-place finish. 

Wallace joins Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez, who is set to make his series debut this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, as drivers of the No. 20 JGR Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

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