HAMPTON, Ga. — Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell — Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America photo —
Darrell Wallace Jr. enters his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend looking to build upon momentum, and string together a series of consistent finishes.
Wallace is on the heels of sixth-place finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday — his best result at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
In the final stages of that 120 lap event, Wallace ran inside the top five — he entered the last lap in third — but was shuffled back in the final corner, ending up sixth but gaining his 19th top-10 in the second-tier series.
“Man, I’m getting a little bit emotional just to finish one of these deals,” Wallace said after the race. “It feels like I won, so it’s cool. My spotter, Freddie (Kraft), did an amazing job. I don’t give him enough credit, but, hell yeah, it’s a good day.”
Making the effort even more sweeter, Wallace’s No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team is currently fighting for sponsorship — Selfeo jumped aboard for the opener, however the future holds uncertainty.
“I can’t thank Selfeo enough for making this deal happen,” Wallace expressed. “We’re continuing to fight for sponsorship and to start the season off with this sponsorship on the car is outstanding. It was a great effort by my guys from the practice deal. We never gave up. This is just awesome.”
This weekend at Atlanta, the 22-year-old, Mobile, Ala. driver will hope to open even more eyes and secure sponsorship by stringing together another solid result, if not better.
Wallace has made just one XFINITY Series start at the Hampton, Ga. circuit (in 2015), finishing 11th after starting 23rd for Roush Fenway.
Despite his stat line at Atlanta being short, the five-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner has recorded two top-five and nine top-10 finishes on 1.5-mile tracks during his XFINITY career, posting a best of third at Chicagoland.
However, despite his experience at AMS being limited, Wallace believes he can build on the Daytona result, use that momentum and mark down another successful run.
“Atlanta is a fun, fast track. It really has a lot of character in it with the older surface and really allows you to race all over the place,” he expressed. “I’m definitely ready to get there and see what we can do with this Ford EcoBoost Mustang. We had a great run in Daytona and hopefully we can build on that this weekend.”
Wallace will get his chance to string together the momentum and throw in another consistent finish in the Heads Up Georgia 250 at ‘Hotlanta’ on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern with coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
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Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and was also formerly the public relations director for NASCAR Next member Austin Hill. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Md., completing his sophomore year. He is just 15 years old.
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