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Determined Wallace Seals Deal While Honoring Scott

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Kroger_200_14_Martinsville_Townley_Jones_WreckThis was not the weekend to bet against Darrell Wallace, Jr. and his Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Wallace, the only African-American driver in NASCAR racing on a full-time basis, had a special paint scheme to honor the selection of Wendell Scott, NASCAR’s only African-American driver to win a race in the Sprint Cup Series, into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. To carry out that legacy and honor of Wendell, Wallace was determined to win Saturday’s Kroger 200 from the Martinsville Speedway; and that’s exactly what he did.

Wallace started on the pole, led 97 laps, and outpaced second place Timothy Peters to capture his third Camping World Truck Series win of the season, and fourth of his career. Following behind Peters to round out the top-5 finishers was Matt Crafton, Erik Jones, and Ryan Blaney.

“This is a touch sweeter having the tribute truck — the No. 34 Wendell Scott Hall of Fame inductee on our Toyota Tundra — you couldn’t ask for a better weekend.  I continue to say that.  Qualified on the pole, had a great clean race for the most part and we were able to come away with another clock.  Having the Wendell Scott family here, having my family here, having my Mom here, my girlfriend here and getting them their first win — this is special.  Special for myself, my family, my team, sponsors and everybody involved.  The whole sport of NASCAR — this is a big moment and excited to see what the future holds,” commented Wallace from victory lane.

Some young guns did not make many friends out on the track during the race. Gray Gaulding, Cole Custer, and Brandon Jones each had their share of run-ins with other drivers. All three were fast, but were unable to pull it all together. Gaulding managed a 14th place finish despite spinning a few times. Custer first got into Gaulding and then Joey Coulter, suffering damage in both incidents and finishing 29th.

Jones ruffled some feathers, but he was an innocent victim of the race’s biggest accident. On lap 152, John Wes Townley was racing against Tyler Reddick heading into turn one. Thinking he was clear, Townley went low, but Reddick’s truck was there and he did not back off. The result was Townley being spun into Jones’ truck and then hard into the outside wall. NASCAR had to display the red flag for over ten minutes to clean up the mess. The aftermath is above courtesy of Steven Wilson of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Tempers flared at the end of the race when Peters made his way past Johnny Sauter. Peters got into Sauter’s truck for the old “bump and run,” which allowed Peters to get into second place, but Sauter dropped to seventh when it was all said and done. After the race, Sauter stopped directly behind Peters’ truck on pit road, got out of the truck and looked to have a few works with Peters. Crews and NASCAR officials got between the two before anything substantial could happen besides name calling.

On the strength of this third place finish, Crafton continues to lead the driver standings by 18 over Blaney. Wallace closed the gap with the win, he’s 22 points behind going into the final three races of the season.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Pts
1 1 34 Darrell Wallace Jr 2015 NASCAR HOF Inductee Wendell Scott Toyota 200 $38,195 Running 97 48
2 2 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 200 $23,860 Running 0 42
3 3 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota 200 $18,376 Running 24 42
4 15 51 Erik Jones ToyotaCare Toyota 200 $14,400 Running 0 40
5 5 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 200 $12,050 Running 17 40
6 10 19 Tyler Reddick Broken Bow Records Ford 200 $11,575 Running 0 38
7 7 98 Johnny Sauter Smokey Mountain / Curb Records Toyota 200 $10,425 Running 41 38
8 20 0 Matt Tifft TBA Chevrolet 200 $10,375 Running 0 36
9 12 32 Alex Guenette Motos Illimitées-DLGL Chevrolet 200 $10,325 Running 0 35
10 8 77 German Quiroga Jr Otter Box Toyota 200 $11,550 Running 0 34
11 22 75 Caleb Holman Food Country USA / Gain Flings Chevrolet 200 $7,975 Running 0 33
12 9 13 Jeb Burton Estes-Carolina Nut Company Toyota 200 $10,100 Running 0 32
13 14 8 John Hunter Nemechek SWM Gun Runner Toyota 200 $10,050 Running 0 31
14 6 20 Gray Gaulding Gemini Southern/Krispy Kreme Chevrolet 200 $10,000 Running 0 30
15 23 15 Mason Mingus 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 200 $8,475 Running 0 29
16 13 31 Ben Kennedy Heater.com Chevrolet 200 $9,825 Running 0 28
17 26 35 Peyton Sellers TBA Toyota 200 $9,775 Running 0 27
18 21 9 Brennan Newberry Qore-24 Chevrolet 200 $9,725 Running 0 26
19 24 2 Tyler Young Randco / Young’s Building Systems Chevrolet 200 $9,675 Running 0 25
20 32 7 Enrique Contreras III TBA Chevrolet 200 $10,250 Running 0 24
21 29 8 Camden Murphy TBA Chevrolet 200 $8,350 Running 0 23
22 17 23 Max Gresham TBA Chevrolet 200 $8,325 Running 0 22
23 33 82 Cody Erickson Performance Auto Ford 199 $7,300 Running 0 21
24 27 86 Brandon Brown Willmar Concrete Pumping Chevrolet 198 $7,275 Running 0 20
25 34 6 Norm Benning “Re-elect Tom Corbett Chevrolet 196 $7,375 Running 0 19
26 19 92 Austin Hill BTS Tire / Goodyear Fleet HQ Ford 195 $7,200 Running 21 19
27 36 74 Wendell Chavous Vydox Chevrolet 193 $7,125 Running 0 17
28 35 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 192 $7,100 Running 0 16
29 4 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Chevrolet 184 $7,050 Accident 0 15
30 11 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 184 $7,525 Running 0 14
31 25 99 Bryan Silas TBA Chevrolet 170 $6,575 Running 0 13
32 16 33 Brandon Jones TBA Chevrolet 150 $6,550 Accident 0 12
33 18 5 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Toyota 150 $6,525 Accident 0 11
34 31 80 Jody Knowles Clayton Signs, Inc. Ford 124 $6,475 Transmission 0 10
35 30 63 Justin Jennings Mittler Bros Machine & Tool Chevrolet 100 $6,445 Brakes 0 9
36 28 50 T.J. Bell TBA Chevrolet 44 $6,405 Radiator 0 8