The Camping World Truck series made their appearance at the tiny paperclip track at Martinsville, Virginia this weekend. The weather was cold but the sun was shining on one particular driver. This was a historical day and a day to be celebrated.
At Martinsville, the track is the toughest competitor. Making your way around this tight and fast little track can bring out the very best in a driver. It can also bring out the very worst. The highs and lows of the day will both have an impact that may long be remembered.
Throughout the day, it was apparent that Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Jr. was on a mission. During his pre-race interview, he expressed how confident he was that he was going to win on this day. Such a bold statement coming from a young driver making only his 19th start with no wins could have been questionable and maybe even humorous.
From the time the green flag flew, it was obvious that Bubba truly believed that this was his race to win. He raced hard, he raced clean and he spent most of the day running up front. You have to wonder what makes a young driver believe in himself on this particular day, at this specific track. What did he do differently on this day than what he had done on all the other days that he climbed into his race truck?
I don’t know how he did it but I know that it was a well deserved win. He did not luck into it. He did not take someone else out. He drove his heart out and then, in victory circle, he poured his heart out. As the tears flowed, it seemed that the win was more than a win. This was a truly magical moment and it should be recognized as such.
I want to say here that I was very upset when NASCAR Race Day interviewed Kevin Harvick about his comments directed towards Ty Dillion and RCR. The focus should be on Darrell Wallace Jr. The interview should have been with Darrell Wallace Jr. The sport is damaged when things are said in the heat of the moment. The sport is elevated by people like Bubba Wallace Jr.