Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. was runner-up to Brad Keselowski in the rain-delayed UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday morning – far better than his team owner and teammate Kyle Busch, who finished 24th after starting on the pole.
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, qualified eighth for the Camping World Truck Series race, which was supposed to be held Wednesday night but was postponed due to the weather. He moved into the top five quickly, where he would stay for much of the race.
"Not enough - came over the radio and said, 'I hate finishing second,'” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “I don't care if it's Brad (Keselowski), Kyle (Busch), (Matt) Crafton - I want to beat all of them…I was sitting there in the truck after the race just trying to replay everything and if I could have done anything different. I would have had to really piss him off and wreck him to get by him.”
“Our Toyota Care Tundra was fast right off the get-go,” he continued. “Just saving tires and on that last restart we got on the top and got around Kyle - that was probably the highlight of the weekend. I'm proud of my guys. This is a good comeback from Michigan - should have been a one-two (finish). It's alright, we'll go on from this and we'll build off this and we'll go to Canada - crap, I have to remember how to turn right! We'll have fun."
Busch started the No. 51 Dollar General Tundra from the pole and led 81 laps in the race, but suffered a flat right rear tire while running in third with 24 laps remaining. Busch returned to the track six laps down after repairs and finished 24th, his first finish outside of the top five in Trucks this season.
Keselowski and Wallace Jr. were followed across the finish line by Ron Hornaday Jr., Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.
The Truck Series gets back on track Labor Day weekend, Sunday, August 31st, for the only road course race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Erik Jones joins Wallace Jr. in the race. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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