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Darrell Wallace Jr. to make first Nationwide start of 2014 at Talladega

Darrell Wallace Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Darrell Wallace Jr. plans to make his first Nationwide Series start of 2014 on May 3 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Joe Gibbs Racing. He'll drive the No. 20 Toyota for JGR in the race.

"We're excited to be able to provide this opportunity for Darrell in Talladega," Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs said. "He has been doing a great job in the Truck Series with his KBM team, and we want to make sure he continues to gain experience in our Nationwide Series cars as well."

Wallace has four previous Nationwide Series starts, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Those four races resulted in three top-10 finishes. His worst-career Nationwide finish was a 12th-place showing at Dover (Del.) International Speedway after contact on a late-race restart.

"It's good to be back behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series," Wallace said. "I'm excited to work with (crew chief) Kevin Kidd and all the guys on this Nationwide Series team. I know they have a good Toyota Camry and Matt (Kenseth) has been running it all season long and posted good finishes. Hopefully, we can go out there, stay out of harm's way and add to that by posting a good, strong finish at Talladega for the No. 20 ToyotaCare team."

Sprint Cup Series regular Matt Kenseth has driven the No. 20 in all seven of the Nationwide Series races, so far, this year. The team is currently sixth in the series owner points standings. Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 20 Friday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Wallace's regular job is as driver of the No. 54 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which has an affiliation with Joe Gibbs Racing. In the two truck races, so far, this season, Wallace has a best finish of second. He currently sits eighth in the Truck Series championship points standings.

Wallace has one-career start at Talladega, coming in the Camping World truck Series in 2013. He was running fifth at the white flag in that race but got caught up in a multi-truck wreck on the last lap and wound up 17th.

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