Whenever the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is featured alongside the stars of The Sprint Cup Series, the young guns of NASCAR are given the rare opportunity to rub fenders with some of NASCAR’s best, something which this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway should feature plenty of.
The field for the Lucas Oil 200 features Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch once again returning to the field, while young second-generation talent such as Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney are able to display their talents on one of the hardest tracks which the national tour visits.
However, when qualifying had finished slightly before noon eastern, NASCAR’s history books had once again been rewritten. It was Darrell Wallace Jr. who captured the pole position for Kyle Busch Motorsports with a time of 22.986 seconds and in the process, became the youngest pole winner in Camping World Truck Series history.
Wallace is only 19-years old, but already has faced great adversity both on and off the track.
The star of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, he recently became a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing before inking a contract for the aforementioned Kyle Busch Motorsports. Now in high-quality equipment and on a national stage, many have begun to notice Wallace not only for his race, but his on track results.
It was just two weeks ago when Wallace had a chance to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway, only to have his inexperience lead to him getting caught up in a late-race wreck.
Inconsistency has plagued the young Wallace, but there is a positive trend that he can continue tonight at Dover. Wallace has led a total of 42 laps this season and split over two races at Martinsville and Kansas, respectively. When able to stay out front and avoid late-race cautions, Wallace has found his two top-10 finishes of the season waiting for him at the checkered flag.
Only 58 points behind the championship leader in NASCAR’s most unpredictable series, the championship hunt is not over for Wallace. A great finish or even a win at Dover would surely propel him back into that discussion and boost Wallace’s confidence as he continues his march up the ladder towards The Sprint Cup Series.
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