Darrell Wallace Jr. wins NASCAR Truck race at MI

Source:   —  August 12, 2017, at 6:08 PM

protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. ninety-nine MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead.

Darrell Wallace Jr. wins NASCAR Truck race at MI

For the final eleven laps of Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at MI International Speedway, Darrell &#thirty-nine;Bubba' Wallace Jr. protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. ninety-nine MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead. Every move he made in Saturday’s LTi Printing two hundred to earn a ride to triumph lane turned out to be the right one.

Actually getting to triumph lane, that was another story.

After laying down a massive burnout to raucous applause from the MIS crowd, Wallace stopped his truck on the apron -- he seemed unsure where to go. A NASCAR official pointed forward and to the right. Wallace followed those directions.

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in triumph lane,” Wallace said. “I attempt to keep a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day.”

It was Wallace’s first race in a truck since the latest race of the two thousand fourteen season; he won that race, too. It was his sixth win in a truck and first at Michigan.

After he parked his truck in triumph lane, it appeared that every member of his team stuck his head in to declare congratulations. His girlfriend, Amanda Carter, leaned in and kissed him. This was her first visit with him to a NASCAR triumph lane. Still shaking a few minutes later, she said, “This is so incredible. It's so awesome.”

It certainly was that for Wallace, whose roller coaster career appeared stalled this season. Wallace, who opened two thousand seventeen as NASCAR’s only full-time African-American driver, lost his NASCAR Xfinity Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. He debuted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for four races as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola. But since then, nothing. His deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.

Wallace entered the race confident his truck was fast. He struggled early on, including a penalty on lap fifty-three when his pit crew went over the wall too soon. But he worked his way toward the front. He appeared content to stay in third behind Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell as the laps wound down. He and spotter Freddie Kraft sketched out a plan: Wallace would wait for those two to obtain side-by-side so he could pass them both at once.

“You’re going probably ten miles an hr faster than they are,” Kraft said. “As soon as they do that, you've the momentum.”

Wallace preferred to wait for the pass until there were only a handful of laps left. But when Cindric and Bell got side-by-side with eleven to go, Kraft keyed his radio and said, “Here’s your chance.”

“I closed my eyes, turned left, and heard 'Clear,'” said Wallace when discussing the heroic three-wide move to give truck owner Mike Millner his first series victory.

As chilly as it was to look nobody in front of him, Wallace figured it wouldn’t last. He thought other drivers would do to him what he'd just done to Cindric and Bell. But the drivers behind him spent most of the time racing each other instead of trying to pass him. And when they did devote their attention to getting by Wallace, he darted and dived and kept them behind.

Bell finished second behind Wallace by 0.176 seconds. Bell's teammate Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Ryan Truex and Cindric.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Results LTi Printing two hundred

MI International Speedway

Brooklyn, Michigan

Saturday, August twelve, two thousand seventeen

one. (nine) Darrell Wallace Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 100.

two. (thirteen) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 100.

three. (ten) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 100.

four. (eleven) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 100.

five. (eight) Austin Cindric #, Ford, 100.

six. (one) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 100.

seven. (five) Noah Gragson #, Toyota, 100.

eight. (six) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, 100.

nine. (four) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 100.

ten. (seven) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 100.

eleven. (fourteen) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 100.

twelve. (twelve) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 100.

thirteen. (sixteen) Stewart Friesen #, Chevrolet, 100.

fourteen. (seventeen) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 100.

fifteen. (twenty) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 100.

sixteen. (nineteen) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 99.

seventeen. (eighteen) Wendell Chavous #, Chevrolet, 99.

eighteen. (two) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 99.

nineteen. (twenty-four) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 98.

twenty. (twenty-eight) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Vibration, 82.

twenty-one. (fifteen) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, Accident, 65.

twenty-two. (twenty-nine) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Engine, 48.

twenty-three. (twenty-six) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Engine, 33.

twenty-four. (twenty-two) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 16.

twenty-five. (twenty-seven) Camden Murphy, Chevrolet, Electrical, twelve.

twenty-six. (twenty-one) Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, eleven.

twenty-seven. (thirty) Mike Senica, Chevrolet, Brakes, 8.

twenty-eight. (twenty-five) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, Engine, five.

twenty-nine. (three) John H. Nemechek, Chevrolet, Accident, four.

thirty. (twenty-three) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Vibration, two.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 126.493 mph.

Time of Race: one Hrs, thirty-four Mins, fifty-two Secs. Edge of Victory: 0.176 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for twenty-three laps.

Lead Changes: seven among seven drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Crafton one-ten; C. Briscoe # eleven; J. Sauter 12; C. Briscoe # 13-15; K. Busch(i) 16-62; J. Haley # 63-65; A. Cindric # 66-89; D. Wallace Jr.(i) 90-100.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Busch(i) one time for forty-seven laps; A. Cindric # one time for twenty-four laps; D. Wallace Jr.(i) one time for 11 laps; M. Crafton one time for 10 laps; C. Briscoe # two times for 4 laps; J. Haley # one time for three laps; J. Sauter one time for one lap.

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Stage #2 Top Ten: 51.16.4,

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