Darrell Wallace Jr. to get extra Daytona Experience in the ARCA Race

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Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Darrell Wallace Jr. will be racing the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports.  As part of his 2013 campaign he will start right off at Daytona International Speedway a track he has not raced at yet.  That doesn’t matter for Darrell because he will be getting a head start racing in the ARCA series at Daytona the weekend before.

Darrell will be racing the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

I’m excited to get down to Daytona and run the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA race,” said Wallace. “I know they have great equipment and have helped a lot of talented young drivers gain valuable experience. I appreciate Toyota continuing their support of me and being on board for my first Daytona race.

In order to race at Daytona International Speedway NASCAR requires drivers to have some superspeedway experience.  It is unclear whether or not Darrell already is cleared by NASCAR to race in the Truck race at Daytona.  It doesn’t matter as racing in the ARCA race has been used by many NASCAR drivers in the past for a reference.  If he isn’t cleared NASCAR will be watching.

Darrell Wallace Jr. cut his teeth in the NASCAR K&N series starting in 2010 when he was only 16 years old.  He had two wins in ten races that year and finished third in the standings.  He continued in 2011 winning three races in twelve races and finished second in the standings.

Last year he only won one race in the K&N series and finished seventh in the standings but he also raced in four NASCAR Nationwide series races for JGR.  In his four races he had three top ten finishes including one pole.  That was enough to earn him a full time Camping World Truck Series ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Wallace said, “I can’t wait to get started.  I appreciate everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports for working this out and providing me the opportunity to compete for Rookie of the Year and the Championship in the Truck Series.

Toyota will sponsor Darrell’s 2013 Camping World Truck Series effort.  If he can continue the success he has had in the K&N series he will be a serious threat for not only the Rookie of the Year but also the Championship.

The ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 is Saturday February 16th. If you can’t get to Daytona International Speedway it will be broadcast on the Speed Channel at 4:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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