Darrell Wallace Jr., driving the #6 for Roush Fenway Racing is currently sitting in the 6th position in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship, 76 points behind the leader. Wallace is also leading Rookie of the Year in the Xfinity series with that 6th place position. With only 17 starts, Wallace has one top 5 and seven top 10 finished so far this year in the Xfinity Series.
Last year at Eldora Speedway, Wallace led the final 97 laps of the 150-lap race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winning his third-career victory in NCWTS competition in the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“That’s so cool — on the dirt at Eldora,” Wallace said from Victory Lane. “Really? Eldora?” “The coolest thing about it is I came into this hoping we’d finish in the top-five. I was worried about the Toyota streak, not to lie.”
Ryan Blaney, who is in his fourth season with Team Penske and with only 5 starts this year, has three top 5’s and four top 10 finishes in the Xfinity Series. Blaney currently drives the #29 for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series as well as the #22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in the Xfinity Series and #21 Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series on a partial schedule. He is the son of NASCAR driver, Dave Blaney. He is nicknamed “Cool Blaney”.
Blaney and Wallace are best buds and close friends for 11 or 12 years now, dating back to their Bandolero racing days. It is always fun to watch them kid around on the pre-shows and interviews on Pit road before a race.
Their gig on The Race Hub this past Tuesday really showcased their talent as well spoken young drivers with a lot of knowledge and love of auto racing. These two drivers are ones that you need to keep your eyes on. I see them both putting up some in the Win column and, perhaps, Championships in their near future.
In my opinion, the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series have become the most exciting to watch and have some of the best side-by-side, excuse me-coming thru, rubbing is racing action in the NASCAR Series. It is so much fun watching these young drivers hone their racing skills against some of the best-of-the-best in the Cup Series. And on occasion as it does happen, it is a pleasure to watch the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series regulars beat those Cup drivers.
By Donna Bell
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