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Darrell Wallace Jr. to run Nationwide race at Daytona

Darrell Wallace Jr.
Darrell Wallace Jr.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 4, according to an announcement from the race team.

Wallace also raced the No. 20 earlier this season at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In that race, he got caught up in an incident on lap 45 and, as a result, wound up finishing 31st after racing in the top-10 early in the race. In all, Wallace has five-career Nationwide Series starts, resulting in three top-10 finishes and a total of 36 laps led.

Wallace normally races the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned by Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, in the Camping World Truck Series. He won the most recent Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis earlier this month. It was his second-career Truck Series win.

"What an awesome couple of weeks," Wallace said. "With the win at Gateway in my Tundra to learning that I'll be in the Nationwide race at Daytona behind the wheel of the No. 20 'Share a Coke' Toyota Camry. Superspeedways haven't shown the best results for me, so far, but every time I've competed, we have been super fast, and I know this time will be no different. I'm stoked to get back in a Nationwide Camry and, hopefully, we can take the positive momentum from Gateway straight to victory lane and celebrate by sharing an ice cold Coke with everyone for the Fourth of July."

The No. 20 car has primarily been driven by Sprint Cup Series regular Matt Kenseth. The car is competing full-time in the series this year with multiple drivers. after 14 races, the No. 20 team is seventh in the Nationwide Series owner point standings with five top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. Sam Hornish Jr. raced the No. 20 to a second-place finish at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month.

Wallace is in his second full season of Truck Series competition. He has a total of 29-career starts in the series, and his stats include two wins, seven top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes.

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