Bubba Wallace , Garrett Smithley collect in hard hit to bring out red flag
Darrell Wallace Jr. spins around and collects Garrett Smithley to bring out the red flag at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bubba Wallace and Brendan Gaughan make contact
Bubba Wallace makes contact with Brendan Gaughan, sending him into the wall at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Dash 4 Cash drivers' Wallace , Allgaier, Annett talk at Bristol
Darrell Wallace Jr., Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett speak during media availabilities at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. unveils Kyle Petty-inspired paint scheme
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol Darrell Wallace Jr. unveiled his new Mello Yello paint scheme via Facebook Live on Thursday afternoon at the Roush Fenway Racing shop in Concord, North Carolina. The 23-year-old XFINITY Series driver will run the scheme on his No. 6 Ford at Richmond International Raceway on April 29 in the ToyotaCare 250 (1 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here's "MY" Mello Yello car for @RIRInsider ! So sick! pic.twitter.com/OsrDRGjQQf — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) April 20, 2017 Kyle Petty, who piloted the No. 42 Mello Yello premier series ride in the early 1990s, was on hand for the unveil. "Obviously I'm a big fan," Petty said to Wallace Jr. "I'm pulling for you to win in this thing. "... Some of my best years were in the Mello Yello car, some of my most fun." Wallace is currently riding an ironic streak of five top-six finishes in his No. 6 Ford and is searching for his first win in the XFINITY Series. He is ranked fourth in the XFINITY Series standings. Thanks to @kylepetty for helping us unveil @BubbaWallace 's @MelloYello Mustang for Richmond! pic.twitter.com/G7l9afpdl1 — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) April 20, 2017
Darrell Wallace Jr. heads to Roush Fenway Racing
Driver set to compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final standings this past season and a graduate of NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity initiatives, will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 for Roush Fenway Racing , according to RFR officials. Wallace , 21, will join drivers Chris Buescher , Ryan Reed and Elliott Sadler in the RFR lineup. Wallace will pilot the organization's No. 6 Ford Mustang previously driven by Trevor Bayne . Additional team personnel and sponsorship will be announced at a later date. "I've had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have," Wallace said. "When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest (XFINITY) team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team's legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers." Wallace won five races from 2013-14 while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, scoring four this past season. RELATED: Bubba done with KBM as team announces 2015 lineup In 2013, he became the first African American driver to win a NASCAR national series event in 50 years when he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway . This past year, he successfully defended his title while driving an entry whose paint scheme and number 34 paid tribute to NASCAR's first African American winner, Wendell Scott. Wallace made six career Nationwide (soon to be XFINITY ) Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing , with whom he was under contract, between 2012-14. He finished in the top 10 in four of those starts, with a best finish of seventh at Iowa (in 2012) and Daytona (2014). However, without sponsorship to remain at KBM, and with no funding for him at JGR in the XFINITY Series, Wallace asked for and was granted his release earlier this month. RFR president Steve Newmark said Wallace "is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers." "He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track," Newmark said. "We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season." In addition to the four XFINITY Series teams, Roush Fenway also fields teams in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series for drivers Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Greg Biffle . Bayne, who is making the move up to compete full time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, finished sixth in the Nationwide Series this past season, while Buescher, who won once, was seventh and Reed ninth. Sadler spent the previous two seasons at JGR, finishing fourth in 2013 and third this past year. RELATED: Wallace Jr. receives release from JGR Roush Fenway Racing's XFINITY Series program is the winningest in NASCAR, having earned 133 victories. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (2011-12), Carl Edwards (2007) and Biffle (2002) have won series championships for the group. "We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board," team co-owner Jack Roush said. "He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed . "We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy." The addition of Wallace to the Ford camp is a boost for the automaker as well. "We're thrilled to have Bubba Wallace be part of our Ford Mustang racing efforts," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "His winning performances since becoming part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program have certainly made him one of the drivers in the sport to watch in the future, and we think he can bring a lot to Roush Fenway and Ford, both on and off the track." 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. shows off his '67 Beetle
Darrell Wallace Jr. talks to NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine about his 1967 Volkswagon Beetle.
Wallace spins, collects multiple cars for 'Big One' at Texas
Darrell Wallace Jr gets loose and collects Tyler Reddick, more at Texas Motor Speedway during the XFINITY Series action.
Harvick reveals 'worst part of (his) job,' more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday during the season, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" presents eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. Follow @NASCAR 1. Had a stand off this morning trying to leave. Keelan planted himself in the back of my car... #worstpartofmyjob pic.twitter.com/Mez98xo139 — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) April 21, 2017 2. The guys at @donut_media asked me if I could make a lap doing a burnout.... pic.twitter.com/qzkavFIdVj — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) April 20, 2017 3. Solid back to back dinner outfits. #Lydia pic.twitter.com/FynBEdz7Hv — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 17, 2017 4. When you know the code to @BubbaWallace house.... pic.twitter.com/MdYtzL8cE7 — Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) April 20, 2017 5. Why not start the day out with a @NASCARHall vote! Not telling you who to vote for, but would you like a latte? https://t.co/iDLobpMZj3 pic.twitter.com/X3WXlNNbfp — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) April 21, 2017 6. #6 is getting a little weird. It was @hoopgroupclt night tonight. Started season wearing #6. Played our 6th game tonight and were 6-0 now pic.twitter.com/oq6TycGcfC — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) April 20, 2017 7. A happy Easter to all! Hope you're having a great day and if not, here's a funny video from a friend to get you started... Nice work John https://t.co/8QsBQlQtvP — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) April 16, 2017 Pastors prepping for Easter like... pic.twitter.com/OrPIkZa3j0 — John Crist (@johnbcrist) April 15, 2017 8. When people ask me "what's the difference between NASCAR and F1?" https://t.co/okfJEo72nw — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 16, 2017 PENALTY - Lewis Hamilton hit with a five-second penalty for driving unnecessarily slow in the pit lane, holding Ricciardo up. #BahrainGP #F1 — Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) April 16, 2017
Wallace surprises Lionel Racing contest winner at elementary school
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas (April 6, 2017) -- Before a rousing crowd of nearly 500 elementary school students at B.B. Owen in The Colony, Darrell Wallace Jr. made a visit to surprise fourth-grader Xavier Gooden with a Lionel Racing 1:24 scale die-cast bearing his winning design. The school welcomed Wallace in grand fashion with a police escort; The Colony High School drum line, cheerleaders and Top Cats performing at the entrance; welcome signs; and a balloon-shaped Victory Lane on the school stage for his special appearance on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read program. After the school's top readers were acknowledged, Gooden was announced as the overall winner of the competition among the 5,000 students and 10 DFW schools competing in Speeding To Read this school year. Gooden's design, which was pink, blue and green, was themed "Cure Cancer 2017" and had blue ribbons for colon cancer awareness. The paint scheme was dedicated to his two grandmothers with colon cancer, one of which he lost recently and the other -- Clara Simmons -- that was on hand for the presentation with several family members. The students presented Wallace , the driver of the No. 6 Leidos Ford Mustang, with a "good luck" banner for Saturday's My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway as well as a B.B. Owen Elementary T-shirt as the honored guest. He also participated with students in a NASCAR quiz game; signed autographs and took photos with numerous students; toured the school including the hallway of die-cast designs; and finished with a photo in the "selfie" No. 6 car the students created for him and then signed the classroom door that featured his car number and sponsor. The assembly became emotional when Gooden explained to the audience that his paint scheme was a tribute to his two grandmothers, one who recently passed away and the other who was on hand for the presentation along with his parents and several other family members. She came on stage in tears to give her grandson a big embrace for his tribute. Wallace also teared up from the tribute, thinking of his Granny Jan who passed away this past fall in Knoxville, Tennessee, and provided a warm embrace to Gooden's grandmother when she came on stage. What They Are Saying "I just don't know what to say. I am just speechless." - Xavier Gooden on stage after he was presented his paint scheme on a 1:24 scale Lionel Racing NASCAR Authentics die-cast. "It (paint scheme) was for my grandmas because they both had colon cancer, but one sadly didn't survive. But the grandma on my dad's side, she is still around. It was really cool to have my grandma here. I didn't know everyone (from my family) was going to come and they did." -- Gooden on his paint scheme that was a tribute to his two grandmothers. "That was special -- touching. It's still something that is really sensitive to me. I didn't expect the waterworks to come out, but it definitely happened." -- Bubba Wallace on losing his Granny Jan in November and getting tearful when hearing of Gooden's paint scheme tribute. "That was huge. We kind of played a little joke on them with our travel disaster we had today. We were able to make it here a little bit late, but brought the kids a face they wanted to see. It was a good time. A lot of cheers, screams. Not even a couple boos like I get at the track; it was all positive and that was a lot of fun walking out and getting to spend some time with the kids at B.B. Owen." -- Wallace on the rousing reception of nearly 500 students, parents and special guests at the full-school assembly. "It was cool having Xavier's family here. He is such a bright, young kid. He's got a lot going for him. He's exciting, he loves living life to the fullest each and every day. You can see that on his face. He is taking it all in. He understands everything that is going on around him. Keeping his family close. That's something I strive for the same thing." -- Wallace on Gooden after meeting him and his family at the assembly. "This is our third year doing this and it's been really great. It is something that Lionel Racing looks forward to every year. This is the first year we've ever put a car in our NASCAR Authentics line. Just to watch the kids get so excited about reading -- it's something really cool that Texas Motor Speedway does -- it is something I would hope other tracks would eventually take on and do as well." -- Lionel Racing Director of e-Commerce and Marketing Thomas DeBoyace. "Just being here you get the goosebumps and you see the emotions -- even with Bubba just losing a family member as well. All the cars were great but this one specifically being a child that was attached to cancer and had been affected by it -- it was really good how he did it on the car in honor of his family member. It was phenomenal. It was like a no-brainer to pick this one as our winner for the year." -- DeBoyace on the winning design and presentation of the die-cast to Gooden. "It is truly special to see the impact that Lionel Racing, Bubba and Texas Motor Speedway can make with our elementary school visits to acknowledge the die-cast winners and the top readers," Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo. "Having our industry inspire kids to read more frequently, find their artistic talents and dream big is an honor for all of us involved." Fast Fact Another significant reward of winning the Lionel Racing "Design A Die-Cast" competition is that Gooden's design will be included in Lionel Racing's commercial NASCAR Authentics die-cast line featuring all the cars of the sport's stars that is expected out in December. Gooden's car will be available in major retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Toys 'R Us and Target. Proceeds from his car sales will be donated by Lionel Racing and the NASCAR Foundation to a designated charity in Gooden's name. "First time ever they are going to be at Walmart, Target, Toys 'R Us and our NASCAR Authentics line," DeBoyace said. "Our NASCAR enthusiasts will collect these cars and actually get them and put them as part of their collection now with a great story behind it, with money going to charity. Knowing that a kid that is so passionate about reading and getting things done and designing his own car, it was just really cool."
Texas six-shooter: Bubba Wallace extends streak
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Erik Jones prevails " Race results FORT WORTH, Texas -- Darrell Wallace Jr. would tell you he's not necessarily a "numbers" kind of guy. But he leaned back against his Roush Racing No. 6 Leidos Ford on Texas Motor Speedway's pit road Saturday, shook his head, laughed a bit and thought about the upside of scoring his fifth consecutive sixth-place finish this year. Outside of a crash-derailed, 33rd-place effort at the XFINITY Series' season opener at Daytona Beach, Wallace has finished sixth in every single race. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram finished runner-up in the series six consecutive times in 1983 -- the longest streak of consistency in the series. All of Wallace's sixes have produced an even more encouraging number: four. Wallace is ranked fourth in the standings, 49 points behind leader Elliott Sadler with the series' next race at Bristol, Tennessee, in two weeks. "Unreal," Wallace said smiling. "Hats off to the crew. They put me in the game there after that last stop. I knew it was going to be a good day." Wallace said it wasn't until the very end that he realized his number was going to come up again. He spun out on Lap 67 racing hard with a group of cars, but didn't make contact with the wall and was able to rally his Ford Mustang back up through the field -- and even led a lap. He was trying to catch rookie and fifth-place finisher Cole Custer in the final frantic laps. "I didn't know where we were when I was battling with Custer," Wallace said. "I thought we were eighth or ninth. He did a good job all day. I was thinking, 'oh, here goes seventh,' but we were able to hold on. "Nine laps to go, I was clear by 10 (car-lengths). I was coming down the frontstretch and I was like, there is no way we are in sixth again." Wallace grinned and shook his head, "I'm going to talk to Elliott here. Maybe I could buy his number." Points leader Elliott Sadler's Chevrolet is No. 1.
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