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Second-place result at Las Vegas is Bubba's fifth runner-up finish this year LAS VEGAS -- After Darrell Wallace Jr . climbed from the cockpit of his No. 54 Toyota Tundra following Saturday night’s Rhino Linings 350 Camping World Truck Series race, he walked around the tail of his ride and towards the big patch of grass in the infield of Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Dejected, he looked up, shook his head and let out a big sigh. You'd never have known that he just picked up his best finish at the 1.5-mile track -- second. After leading a race-dominating 84 of 146 laps, Wallace stumbled in lapped traffic and begrudgingly ceded the lead to his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones , who wound up winning his second race in just nine 2014 starts. "Just got beat; I gave it my all and that was it," said Wallace . "We were OK. We'll rebuild on this. I'm kind of at a loss for words, man. I thought this would be ours. "I was trying my hardest not to let him by. Lapped traffic was big here. We were just a little bit free and this thing would act wicked when you got around other cars and he just got around me, simple as that. I tried to keep it on his door and I just got loose up top. Just got beat." The second-place finish, Wallace's seventh result of either first or second in 17 starts this season, was enough to inch a little bit closer to defending series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton . However, the fellow Toyota driver crossed the start/finish line right behind the 54 for a third-place result, leaving Wallace 33 points behind. "Crafton, still right behind me, for sure, as always," Wallace said, alluding to the fact that the pair finished 2-3 in last week's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Wallace , who said he "ain't worried about (the points race)," doesn't miss the fact that a win for the 18-year-old Jones is good for his organization and did offer his support for his teammate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't wish it was him celebrating Saturday night. "Congrats to Erik and the 51 guys; another KBM dominance for sure," he said. "It was a good race for us. This was a brand new Toyota Tundra and our mile-and-a-half program is turning around; I keep saying that and it's definitely shown. Finally caught some good luck here, just finished one spot short. "It's cool to see a KBM truck win, a Toyota in Victory Lane, but I'm ready to get back in Victory Lane. We're hungry. It's just frustrating." While it's likely little consolation, Crafton knows the feeling. " Darrell and me were talking about it in the elevator, just second and third it's good, don't get me wrong, but it's just aggravating to sit here and finish second," the ThorSport driver said. "I know how he feels. My teammate beat me here about four years ago; passed me right at the end of the race. I know what he's feeling right now. He's probably not going to sleep very well tonight, I can promise you that." Despite the pep talk from his competitor, this one still stings a bit. "It's a bittersweet moment," Wallace said, "but we'll go on to Talladega, go to some (University of Tennessee) games here in the next couple of weeks, relax and get ready for the hell show at Talladega.” MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Multiple drivers face different obstacles at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. -- "Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations -- you got your money's worth," Spencer Gallagher exclaimed after the finish of an action-packed fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway . The track threw its best at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title contenders, with penalties, wrecks and debris shaking up the points standings several times throughout the 95 laps. It all started with points leader Matt Crafton . The No. 88 pitted under the race's first caution and as Crafton pulled out of his pit stall, the neon yellow Menards/Fishers Nuts Toyota got into the back of the No. 99 of Bryan Silas as he turned into his own stall, doing damage to both trucks and turning around the No. 99. An additional pit stop was required to fix the damage of the No. 88, after which Crafton battled visibility issues. "We definitely had a lot to overcome," Crafton said after the race. "We got our first pit stop, got tore up on pit road. Then after that, it was downhill. I had so much chatter on the radio. 'What do I do? Do I wait back here? I'm stuck back here.' " After making his way back into the top three, Crafton got an unwelcome push draft from the No. 8 of Joe Nemechek . The result was a black flag from NASCAR, which sent both cars to pit road to serve a pass-through penalty. "They're black-flagging us, and I don't get it," the No. 88 crew chief Carl Joiner said over the radio to a furious Crafton. "Tell Joe, 'Thanks a lot, you (expletive) idiot.' " Crafton's teammate Johnny Sauter didn't have an easier time at the restrictor-plate track. He ran over debris 20 laps into the race, and a punctured radiator caused the No. 98 to fall off the pace at Lap 25 without any warning. "Another kick in the (expletive)," Sauter said as his team worked in the garage. Sauter came to Talladega in second place in the standings, 19 points behind Crafton, with an anything-goes attitude, saying, "If it works out, great, if not, oh well. That's just the attitude you have to have." That attitude changed quickly. "Championship's over, and from here on out we can just race like hell," Sauter lamented from the garage. Even Ryan Blaney , who made his way into Sauter's second-place position in the points standings, 16 points behind Crafton, had to battle his way up the points standings. En route to his 19th top-five finish of his Truck Series career, the Brad Keselowski Racing driver earned a speeding penalty during green-flag pit stops on Lap 44, sending him a lap down after running at the front for 30 of the race's first 43 laps. "We gained about 10 (points) on Matt so that was good," Blaney said. "We had a great … truck. I made a mistake early and sped on pit road and that kind of put us back a little bit. But we got right back up to the front really fast." Darrell Wallace Jr . , hoping for his first champagne celebration in Victory Lane after turning 21 earlier in the month, started the race in 27th, but teamed up with eventual race-winner Timothy Peters early on to move into the top 10 by Lap 4. Wallace ended the day in third place in the standings, 28 points behind Crafton after a ninth-place finish, while Peters earned the title of biggest mover toward the top of the points standings, moving into fifth from seventh, cutting 18 points off his deficit. "Obviously we know that the championship might be out our reach, but who knows, maybe we could pull the Hornaday and win the rest 'em and be right back in it," Peters said. After picking the wrong line on a final restart, Crafton went home with a 14th-place finish. Thorsport Racing teammate Sauter was unable to get back onto the track, finishing 71 laps down in 31st. When the dust settled at one of NASCAR's most unpredictable tracks, however, Crafton lost only three points of his buffer at the top of the leaderboard. "At least we got out of here somewhat in decent shape," Crafton said. As his teammate knows, Talladega could have done much worse. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get up to speed for the 18th Camping World Truck Series race of 2014 What: Ninth annual fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama When: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET TV: FOX Distance: 94 laps, 250.04 miles Defending race winner: Johnny Sauter Pit road speed: 55 mph Fuel window: 40 laps On The Front Row " Full lineup 1. Tyler Reddick , Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford (186.827 mph) 2. Tayler Malsam , Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet (186.714 mph) Fastest in practice: Ben Kennedy , No. 31 Chevrolet, Turner Scott Motorsports (188.902 mph) Best consecutive 10-lap average: Darrell Wallace Jr ., No. 54 Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports (181.877 mph) Former winners in the field: Johnny Sauter (2013) About the sponsor: fred's is a discount general merchandise store with more than 700 locations centered around the southeastern United States. Shake-and-bake : "Actually a couple days ago I was talking with some friends in Mexico. I talk very often with them and they asked me where is going to be my race this weekend, and I told them Mexico and Talladega and they told me, 'Hey, Talladega like the movie?' So, definitely there is a lot of history in this race track." -- Daniel Suarez, who is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend Not as easy as it looks: "It sounds simple -- holding it wide open and being in the draft, but at the end of the day there is a lot of things that you can do with it. I'll just be trying to learn as much as I can in practice and early in the race and be ready for when it matters." -- Erik Jones , who is making his first start at Talladega Keeping your head: "I've never raced at Talladega Superspeedway , but I already know that it's going to be a wild one. Something crazy always happens here. We ran well in Daytona earlier this year and we're bringing back the same truck, but I know Talladega can be a whole different animal. The key is racing smart so that you can make it to the last lap, and then it's game on until you can cross the finish line." -- Ben Kennedy , who is also making his first start at Talladega Relying on fate: "Racing at Talladega is just like going out and buying a lottery ticket -- you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. There's just no telling -- but you've got to play the game." -- Matt Crafton , the defending series champion and current points leader MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr videobombs Ryan Blaney giving an interview during a rain delay of the NCWTS qualifying session at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truck Series heads to Las Vegas with four-way battle for title Darrell Wallace Jr . has insisted that he considers "points" a forbidden term in his vocabulary, even as he ventures deeper into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship fight. His goal remains the same as ever: wins, which -- figuratively, at least -- he doesn't consider a four-letter word. Wallace's bid for a third victory this season heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the 17th of 22 races this season. He enters the final stand-alone event of the year at the 1.5-mile track fourth in the series standings, just 35 points back of leader and defending series champion Matt Crafton . While Wallace's three career wins have come at a short tracks (Martinsville, Eldora) and a relatively flat 1.25-mile layout with short-track characteristics (Gateway), he said his Kyle Busch Motorsports team's growth on the intermediate-sized 1.5-mile tracks has been measurable. Strong suits aside, the 20-year-old hasn't strayed from the approach that's brought him success. "I'm excited for Vegas," Wallace said last Sunday after a second-place run at New Hampshire. "Got a brand-new Toyota Tundra going there, and we should be OK, but I'm not worried about the championship. I'll just let the crew worry about that and I'll go out and try to win races." Wallace sits at the back end of a four-driver breakaway atop the standings. Johnny Sauter , Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate and a winner at Las Vegas in 2009, ranks second with just a seven-point deficit in search of his first title. Ryan Blaney , in his second full season of Camping World Truck Series competition, sits third, just 24 points off the top. After Wallace , it's another 37 points back to fifth-place German Quiroga , another second-year driver who's come oh-so-close to notching his first Truck Series victory. The Mexico native wound up as runner-up to Wallace at Gateway in June by a margin of .329 seconds, then came up short by just .049 seconds -- about a fender -- to Blaney in a thrilling finish last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . To put his name among the championship contenders, Quiroga will have to make strides from his 21st-place finish -- last on the lead lap -- in his Vegas debut last season. "Last year was my first time competing at Las Vegas and we struggled a bit," Quiroga said. "This time around I have a full season under my belt and feel better prepared. I have a lot of friends and family visiting this weekend, so it would be great to capture my first win in front of them." Two other former Vegas winners are scheduled to be in the field: Defending race winner Timothy Peters , Quiroga's Red Horse Racing teammate, and four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr ., who returns to the series with NTS Motorsports after a three-race absence. Joe Nemechek , who has 15 starts each in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the 1.5-mile track, is scheduled to make his first truck start at Las Vegas this weekend. Nemechek, an occasional competitor in all three NASCAR national series this season, will celebrate his 51st birthday Friday. After Las Vegas, the series takes two weeks off before returning Oct. 18 at Talladega Superspeedway . That event kicks off a season-ending stretch of races on five consecutive weekends, culminating with the Nov. 14 finale as part of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
David Ragan and Darrell Wallace Jr . unveil special paint schemes to pay tribute to Wendell Scott's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
See the order the drivers will head off in Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Entry No. Driver Sponsor 1 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 2 28 * Ryan Ellis (i) Endo Optiks Chevrolet 3 07 Korbin Forrister McNair McLemore Midlebrooks & Co. LLC Chevrolet 4 35 Daniel Suarez(i) Arris Toyota 5 1 * Milka Duno (i) CanTV Chevrolet 6 84 * Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Toyota 7 54 Darrell Wallace Jr . ToyotaCare Toyota 8 23 * Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 9 13 Jeb Burton Estes/Carolina Nut Company Toyota 10 05 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 11 32 Tayler Malsam Outerwall Chevrolet 12 50 Derek White(i) Grafoid-Braille Batteries Chevrolet 13 02 Tyler Young # AKL Insurance Group/Randco/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet 14 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb VG Pride Group/Oohrah! Hydration Drink Chevrolet 15 39 * Ryan Sieg (i) Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts Chevrolet 16 51 Erik Jones ToyotaCare Toyota 17 19 Tyler Reddick # DrawTite Ford 18 36 * Justin Jennings Mittler Bros/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 19 74 * Mike Harmon Jr . Peters Automotive Chevrolet 20 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 21 88 Matt Crafton Menards/Fishers Nuts Toyota 22 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 23 6 Norm Benning Tom Corbett for PA Governor Chevrolet 24 15 * Mason Mingus # 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 25 68 * Clay Greenfield 1-800-PAVEMENT Chevrolet 26 77 German Quiroga NET10 Wireless Toyota 27 08 Jimmy Weller # Liberty Steel Chevrolet 28 9 Ron Hornaday Jr . Armour Vienna Sausages/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 29 31 Ben Kennedy # Heater.com Chevrolet 30 03 * Michael Affarano Won-N-Done Chevrolet 31 99 Bryan Silas Huk Performance Fishing Chevrolet 32 8 Joe Nemechek Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota 33 5 * Cody Ware (i) Qolix.com Chevrolet 34 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota 35 63 Scott Stenzel Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool Chevrolet 36 20 Brennan Newberry Qore-24 Chevrolet Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView