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Wallace To Drive Daytona Nationwide Race For JGR
- Updated: June 26, 2014
Huntersville, NC. – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Darrell Wallace, Jr. will pilot the No. 20 ‘Share a Coke’ Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 4, 2014.
The start will mark Wallace’s second NNS race of the season in the No. 20 Camry. His only other start this season was at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3. Wallace started the race from the third position behind Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Sam Hornish, Jr. and Elliott Sadler. After running the early part of the race solidly in the top 10, an incident in turn four on lap 45 collected Wallace and resulted in a disappointing 31st-place finish.
In addition to his NNS starts this season, Wallace has seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts this year. The NCWTS most recently competed at Gateway Motorsports Park where Wallace led a race-high 85 of 160 laps on his way to earning his second-career NCWTS win. Overall, he has compiled seven NCWTS starts this season with one win, two top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes, has led 119 laps and has an average start of 10.4 and average finish of 13.7.
“What an awesome couple of weeks,” said Wallace, Jr., “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. Superspeedway’s 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 into victory lane and celebrate by sharing an ice cold Coke with everyone for the Fourth of July.”
Coca-Cola has been bringing people together for 128 years to create moments of happiness. This summer Coca-Cola extends an invitation to America to ‘Share a Coke.’ For the first time in the U.S., Coca-Cola is personalizing the sharing experience by swapping out some of its iconic logos on 20-ounce bottles for 250 of the nation’s most popular names among teens and Millennials. Across the Coca-Cola trademark – Coke®, Diet Coke® and Coke Zero® – the Company is inviting people to find their name and the names of family, friends, colleagues, or even the names of people they want to know better … and open a little extra happiness this summer by sharing a Coke together.
In his second full season of NCWTS competition, Wallace has earned 29 starts with one pole starting position, two wins, seven top-five finishes, 15 top-10 finishes, has led a total of 459 laps and has an average starting position of 11.3 and average finishing position of 12.9.
After making his NNS debut in 2012 on the heels of one pole starting position and three top-10 finishes, Wallace has a total of five-career NNS starts with one pole, three top-10 finishes, has led 36 laps and has an average start of 6.8 and average finish of 13.8.
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR