Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. is in his sophomore season in the Camping World Truck Series, picking up one win in his rookie season at Martinsville Speedway last October. With only two races under his belt in the 2014 season, Wallace Jr. is eager to get back to racing.
“Daytona wasn't the best race, so we threw that out the window,” said Wallace Jr. in a recent NASCAR teleconference. “We talked to Kyle and my crew chief Jerry about starting over at Martinsville, and getting a fresh start there and we had come out and finished second. That was a good start. We were very close to winning, but it got us back up in the points. We're eighth now from 21st. It shows the commitment of my guys. We're starting there. Although this break is kind of killing us. We're trying to carry that momentum from Martinsville on to Kansas, so it's a little tough, but I'm trying to have fun as much as I can, getting in and out of the shop as much as I can, checking on the progress of all the trucks that are being built.”
His run at Martinsville in the spring race was an improvement on his first trip to the track in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 2013, when he finished fifth. His goal for this year: get better at every rack.
“Looking back on it, the most frustrating thing about last year is looking back at how many races we were faster than Kyle (Busch, team owner/driver) at,” said Wallace Jr. “Every race it seemed like we wrecked out, he would win. So there were a couple of races that we should have had on our win list, but that's just part of the rookie blues and the rookie stripes. So I definitely know what I have to do now this year and use that as motivation to go out there and perform better. I'm using our motto. It's just better every finish from last year. So our spring race at Martinsville, we finished fifth. This year we finished second. So we're going to go try to finish better than 7th at Kansas, so that's our goal.”
Driving for someone like Busch, who has 36 Truck Series wins under his belt, can be tough, but it’s a learning experience for Wallace Jr. and the other young drivers coming up through the ranks in the series.
“Racing against Kyle is probably the hardest thing,” said Wallace Jr. “I'm not just saying that because he's my boss or my teammate. But he's, of course, one of the best out there, and he's a guy that will come down and run in the Truck Series and run in the Nationwide Series. He wants to win at everything.”
The Camping World Truck Series gets back on track Friday, May 9th with the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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