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Matt Wallace will race against uncle Kenny at Iowa
Mike, Matt and Chrissy Wallace set a racing first, as well Proud papa Mike Wallace was in the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage on Friday as son Matt prepares to make his national series debut in Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 (4 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network, PRN, SiriusXM). Three months after heart surgery, the elder Wallace said he'd rather be racing but watching his son step into the No. 26 JGL Racing Ford is a proud moment. RELATED: Kenny Wallace subs for brother at Talladega Wallace also proudly announced that Matt would be racing alongside brother Kenny Wallace at Iowa, which will be the last NASCAR national series race for Kenny, he announced earlier this week. And for trivia buffs, Mike Wallace points out that his family sets a new mark this weekend with Matt's XFINITY debut. Mike, Matt and Chrissy Wallace make up the first father-daughter-son team to all compete in a national series. Chrissy made two XFINITY Series starts in 2010, finishing 43rd at Daytona and 24th at Talladega. Mike has 494 XFINITY Series races under his belt, with four wins, 22 top-five finishes and 66 top 10s. He also has 197 Sprint Cup Series starts. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Bubba Wallace gives nod to Mark Martin with Darlington scheme
RELATED: Vote now for your favorite Sprint Cup Darlington scheme BUY TICKETS: Darlington Getting in with the throwback theme for this year's events at Darlington Raceway , Darrell Wallace Jr ., Mark Martin and Roush Fenway Racing unveiled Bubba's No. 6 Ford that pays tribute to the longtime RFR driver. Awesome @TooToughToTame throwback scheme @roushfenway is running with @BubbaWallace . Can't wait for this race. pic.twitter.com/waNTw360q5 — Mark Martin (@markmartin) August 16, 2016 . @markmartin my friend you are right! What a badass @FordPerformance scheme my team and i will run @TooToughToTame ! pic.twitter.com/EHH3eJfbL3 — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) August 16, 2016 Can’t wait to see @bubbawallace in the ’90 @markmartin scheme @TooToughToTame . Let's put it back in victory lane! pic.twitter.com/fFEzXEp6wr — Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) August 16, 2016 Martin ran the iconic No. 6 Folger's Coffee scheme during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, earning a total of four wins in those two years. Wallace Jr. is one of the first XFINITY Series drivers, along with RFR teammate Ryan Reed , to unveil his look for Darlington, but more than two dozen Sprint Cup Series cars have been revealed. Darlington's throwback program launched last year and is expected to continue for the next several seasons. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Darrell Wallace Jr. clips the wall off Turn 2, goes for a spin
Darrell Wallace Jr. has an issue off Turn 2 hitting the wall and spinning down the backstretch.
Roush Fenway Racing to keep Ryan Reed for '17, beyond
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Roush Fenway Racing has signed a multi-year renewal agreement for driver Ryan Reed to continue to pilot the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Reed, who five years ago was told he would never race again after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, qualified for the 2016 inaugural XFINITY Series Chase and scored his first victory in the series last season at Daytona. "We are very excited to continue our program with Lilly Diabetes," said Reed, who will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway . "Not only to continue to drive the No. 16, but more importantly, the opportunity to encourage and educate people who are living with diabetes and those who care for them. We will continue to share the message about diabetes awareness, specifically the importance of talking to doctors as well as proper nutrition and daily exercise." Reed will look to make history this weekend as the only driver actively managing his diabetes to race at the Sprint Cup level. The Bakersfield, California native manages his diabetes through a strict diet and exercise program, the use of a wireless glucose monitoring device to provide in-race, real-time data, and consistent communication with his medical team in California. "Through sharing his diabetes story with NASCAR fans throughout the country over the past three years, Ryan has inspired thousands of people affected by diabetes to live healthier lives and take an active role in managing their health. Lilly Diabetes is proud to renew our sponsorship so together we can continue to make a difference in people’s lives," said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. "Like NASCAR, Lilly has been an American institution for generations. We introduced the world’s first commercialized insulin in 1923, and our innovative medicines and education programs have helped people with diabetes ever since. This sponsorship is another step forward in our drive to help more people who have the disease or care for someone who does." Reed posted career highs in Chase races at Kentucky and Dover to advance to the ‘Round of 8’ in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase at Charlotte. He is currently only two points outside of the top four, with two races remaining before the series champion is decided in the season finale at Homestead. Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Trevor Bayne , Ryan Reed , Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace . Now in its 29th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
Wallace : 'Just keep digging'
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks about his recent bad luck and moving on to the next race after finishing 29th at Watkins Glen International.
Wallace Jr. reflects on top-ten finish at Bristol
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks about his night at Bristol after finishing 7th in the Food City 300.
Junior finds Intimidator's dirt car roof, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Through the help of a good friend, I acquired this roof today. Was from a dirt car my father drove in 1982. Very grateful to have it. pic.twitter.com/bnW545ZAAp — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) October 19, 2016 2. @JeffGordonWeb Staying busy in NY! @LiveWithKelley and @ciara , hanging with @JerrySeinfeld and @michaelstrahan pic.twitter.com/yCNigQf4QD — Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) October 19, 2016 3. My guys think they're funny @Team_FRM pic.twitter.com/LJPeJg51jy — landon cassill (@landoncassill) October 18, 2016 4. A little bump-drafting practice to get ready for @TalladegaSuperS . Did not end well for daddy. pic.twitter.com/h17p6cphH7 — Brian Scott (@bscottracing) October 20, 2016 5. Sorry mom! #lookbackatit pic.twitter.com/9w3NJBklTo — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) October 19, 2016 6. Found my helper for today's workout pic.twitter.com/ap4ybPLBSt — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) October 19, 2016 7. In honor of Halloween being just around the corner!! #Frankenstein #cake #cakedesign #Halloween2016 pic.twitter.com/nzvFmHFhpN — Haley Dillon (@HaleyKDillon) October 19, 2016 8. Cash seems to be a bit LOOSE!!! pic.twitter.com/6e5bfvoFZG — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) October 17, 2016
Bubba Wallace talks sponsors, chasing first win
Darrell Wallace Jr . didn't spend his XFINITY Series off-weekend lounging on a Caribbean beach or roaming a new city away from the race track. Instead, the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing driver was behind the wheel. Of a go-kart, that is. "Actually got right into (racing) but not with my (No. 6) guys," Wallace said Wednesday at one of NASCAR's offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. "I went go-kart racing, just try to get back into that and have some fun. Locals whooped me, but still had a lot of fun being able to do that. So, I was still racing, but nothing on the major scale. "(I was) able to learn all the hard (stuff) that went along with go-kart racing. God, it was so tough. I forgot everything that I remember from 13 years ago. Just putting that all together was actually a lot of fun – we had some speed, just the driver forgot how to drive a go-kart," he joked. Lucky for Bubba, this weekend's stage at Daytona International Speedway will be slightly bigger, faster and with a lot more drafting. And while it's not one of Wallace's favorite tracks, it appears he hasn't forgotten how to wheel a superspeedway car: the sophomore driver kicked off the 2016 season with a solid sixth-place result at the Florida track and led multiple laps in the '15 season-opener. Combined with his most recent pair of consecutive top-10 finishes and a runner-up at Dover in May, this weekend's forecast looks more sunny than stormy for the No. 6 driver. "We're just trying to look in-depth at what we're doing for our program and see how we can be better," Wallace said. "We know we're a top-10 race team each and every weekend. We've had some bad luck and some of it's been on us, that we've jeopardized those races and we've ended up outside of that. "But (to have) these last two, now it's starting to get the second half of the season, after that the Chase is starting. So we have to start coming up with a good game plan that we need to bring to each and every track and each and every weekend, so we can unload with a lot of speed and what we need to be competitive. We've been doing that (recently)." They've had additional support off-track as well: Loudmouth Exhaust Systems made its debut on the No. 6 car at Dover International Speedway , where Bubba recorded a career-best second-place result. Since then, the company has graced the car as a primary sponsor for three races and will adorn the No. 6 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway . In a world where sponsorship puts cars on track and lack of it takes names off entry lists, the new partnership has been huge for the 22-year-old racer, who has been transparent about his team's struggles to find primary partners. "Sponsorship is the name of the game," Wallace said. "We're still working hard to find that full-time primary sponsor, but Loudmouth has been a great partner of ours for a number of races now … They've been a huge help to our program to keep us going to the race track each and every weekend. (I'm) trying to do everything I can, as possible, to land that big-time sponsor." Wallace's sponsor schedule has come with some uncertainty -- he said he doesn't even know who is sponsoring his next XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway on July 8. With the goal of landing a full-time sponsor, he's taken a more involved approach than many drivers do, whether it's grabbing lunch with potential partners or meeting with those ready to sign on the dotted line. "I try to be more hands-on, just so I can get a better understanding of what we've got and how I can be better at representing myself for my brand and my team," Wallace said. "I think one thing that's powerful is the drivers gain this personal relationship with the sponsor," he added. “And that's when you see the Lowe's that's with Jimmie Johnson , you see those M&M's with Kyle (Busch) -- they have this great relationship with the driver. There's no middle man and I think that's important." He'll have another chance to impress Loudmouth -- as well as other potential partners that Wallace says are in the works -- this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with Friday's Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Another top 10 would be great, but a win would be even better for the young driver. "(I'm) excited to have them back on the car at Daytona," Wallace said. "Hopefully we can bring the same amount of luck with them and get a win."
With XFINITY Series' military tribute, Wallace , Iwuji share bond
When the idea first surfaced of honoring active military units on the windshields of NASCAR XFINITY Series cars at Friday's Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), someone asked Jesse Iwuji which driver's car he'd like his last deployment station, USS Comstock, featured on. Iwuji, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver in his first full season who also is in active service in the U.S. Navy until 2017, didn't hesitate: Darrell Wallace Jr . "I've followed him a lot and I really love what he's done in the series," said Iwuji, who will attend this weekend's races at Daytona. Like Wallace , Iwuji is African-American and a lifelong race fan. Like Wallace , Iwuji is trying to make a name for himself in the sport. Like Wallace , Iwuji has shown great promise, but still is searching for his first win this season. With so many similarities, somehow when Wallace first heard that his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford would honor Iwuji at Daytona International Speedway for Friday's race, his predominant thought settled on the major difference between the two drivers. "I didn't know he was a Navy Lieutenant, so that's really cool," Wallace said. Many XFINITY Series drivers will learn new facts about the units displayed on their race cars this weekend. Part of 'NASCAR: An American Salute,' the program honoring military units and installations is a counterpart to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' tribute during the Coca-Cola 600 over Memorial Day weekend where cars featured names of service men and women who died while in active duty. Several XFINITY Series teams have direct connections to the units, such as driver Elliott Sadler , whose windshield will be adorned with Fort Campbell's "3RD BCT 101ST ABN" to honor JR Motorsports employee Lee Langley, who served for six years at the Army base as an infantry team leader in the 101st Airborne Division. And then there's Iwuji and Wallace . The two drivers met a couple times in the past year that Iwuji has been driving professionally, but rather than discuss Iwuji's six years of active duty in the Navy, each time the two settled on their shared passion: racing. Iwuji peppered Wallace with questions about how he prepares for races, and how he manages the full-time job of driving. "I'm still brand new and still learning a lot," said Iwuji, who earned his first top 10 in his fifth start, "so I definitely have a long way to go." Sometimes, Wallace has the same feeling. But after 14 XFINITY Series races this season, Wallace has five top 10s and two top fives. He's currently ninth in the driver's standings, with seemingly a fairly secure spot in the 12-driver XFINITY Chase. But he's also winless. His second-place finish at Dover in May was a career best -- and it was just enough to leave Wallace yearning for more. "We're knocking on the door for our first win," Wallace said. "We need to clean up some areas that we're lacking in right now. We're kind of treating this (Daytona) as a test session because we have the Chase format. We can go to the race track and bring a different package to try each and every weekend. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ... Hopefully we can get a win to lock us into the Chase, and then win a Chase race each and every segment, and then put ourselves in a position to win the title, win the title and everybody's happy." It seems a simple formula, though Wallace also knows there are significant strides to be made in the second half of the season. It all starts with this weekend's race, when he'll have USS Comstock plastered atop his windshield. "Hopefully it brings us some good luck, and hopefully it makes us 'military strong' so we can muscle some guys out of the way and get our first win," Wallace said.
NASCAR.com runs with Bubba Wallace in Charlotte
RELATED: Bubba Wallace : Helping NASCAR grow one tweet at a time Dressed in a red "Share a Coke with Bubba" T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and, of course, his signature smile, Darrell Wallace Jr . was enjoying a rare off-night on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. And how did Bubba choose to spend it? By going on a 4-mile run around the city with family, friends, fans and NASCAR.com, of course. Let me explain. Every week the XFINITY Series star tweets out to his thousands of followers asking them to join him on a run. Anybody wanna run tonight?! New location....Charlotte trolley trail 7pm at 9th street! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) May 10, 2016 It's no secret that Bubba uses his social media platforms to connect with his fans -- how can we forget that hilarious NASCAR Snapchat takeover with his best friend Ryan Blaney -- so it makes sense he would ask his fans to go running with him. RELATED: Blaney, Bubba win fans over on Snapchat I decided to take him up on the offer. @BubbaWallace — Maggie MacKenzie (@Maggie_MKenzie) May 10, 2016 In short, the Roush Fenway Racing wheelman is speedy and won't take it easy on you, so if you plan on joining him be prepared to put in work. You may even make an appearance on his Twitter. Solid run in the QC tonight! Had some me peeps out, even a biker rode with us! pic.twitter.com/irN6bgR6bm — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) May 11, 2016 See you next week.