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Wallace Jr., Jones to run Nationwide for JGR

Darrell Wallace Jr. (54) will race in the Nationwide Series at Daytona
Darrell Wallace Jr. (54) will race in the Nationwide Series at Daytona
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Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones will step up from the Camping World Truck Series to Nationwide Series competition later this year, driving for KBM owner Kyle Busch’s Sprint Cup Series team Joe Gibbs Racing.

Wallace Jr., who is a development driver for JGR, has five previous Nationwide Series starts for JGR, including one earlier this year. Jones, who just turned 18 and recently graduated high school, will make his Nationwide Series debut.

Wallace Jr. will race the No. 20 Share a Coke Toyota Camry at Daytona on Friday, July 4th – something that might be a look ahead to the 2015 season. "Next year, we're talking about full-time Nationwide, and that'd be great," said Wallace Jr. on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "If not, maybe another year in the Truck Series. But the next two to three years, definitely full-time in Nationwide. Maybe getting a start in Cup, but Kentucky's on my mind and we're ready to roll. If we can get that deal signed of being full-time Nationwide, you never know, we could be sharing a Coke at the end."

Jones will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota Camry in three Nationwide Series races this season: he’ll make his debut on July 19th in Chicago followed by Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and Phoenix International Raceway on November 8th. Jones earned his first career Truck Series win at Phoenix International Raceway, making him the youngest winner in Truck Series history at 17 years, five months and nine days of age.

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