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Wallace Jr. Grabs Gateway Victory

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 15 2014

Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrates his victory at Gateway on Saturday night. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Darrell Wallace Jr. survived an early snafu in the pits to win Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The victory was the second of Wallace’s career in the truck series.

“This Made In America Toyota Tundra was on a roll tonight,” Wallace Jr., driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, said. “We got into a little trouble the first pit stop, but a little adversity never hurts anybody. We come through. I’m so proud of my guys, they worked their tails off.”

The pit snafu was the result of a jacking problem

Wallace’s win came by 0.329 seconds over German Quiroga to secure KBM’s fifth NCWTS triumph of the season.

“This place is so cool, so different, here we can actually race and show what we’re about and have fun with it,” Wallace Jr. said. “From the moment I got here, I was a little iffy about it, because I was way off the pace, took some pointers from (Matt) Crafton and figured it out fairly quickly. We were back and forth on the setup, but from the drop of the green flag, we didn’t have the take-off speed, but we had the long-run speed, but we stayed positive about everything and we came out with the victory.”

Crafton, the series points leader, was involved in a wreck and finished 26th.

“That was wild at the end. Erik (Jones) and I were so fast all race,” Wallace said. “Kyle (Busch) was not in the race tonight, but he dominated all race. “We got into a little trouble on our first pit stop, but a little adversity never hurts anybody and we came through.”

The runner-up finish marked Quiroga’s career-best.

“I wish it was first and not second,” Quiroga said. “We were really strong, we ran out of fuel, we came through the field, but it was good, my truck was really, really fast. I’m really happy for everyone at Red Horse Racing. This was good for our comeback for championship points. Everyone got really excited at the end, we were defending our position, I saw an opportunity to win my first race and I didn’t want to let it go, so I drove as hard as everyone else. We’re getting there, getting closer to a win.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Drivin’ for Linemen 200

Gateway Motorsports Park

Madison, Illinois

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1. (2) Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 160, $39245.

2. (9) German Quiroga, Toyota, 160, $24785.

3. (10) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 160, $19601.

4. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 160, $15500.

5. (16) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 160, $14125.

6. (1) Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 160, $14100.

7. (14) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 160, $11300.

8. (15) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 160, $11075.

9. (5) Chase Pistone #, Chevrolet, 160, $11025.

10. (18) Tayler Malsam, Chevrolet, 160, $12250.

11. (8) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 160, $10925.

12. (19) Mason Mingus #, Toyota, 160, $11800.

13. (7) Tyler Reddick #, Ford, 160, $10750.

14. (17) Ben Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 160, $10700.

15. (12) John H. Nemechek, Toyota, 160, $11200.

16. (23) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, 158, $10650.

17. (22) Tyler Young #, Chevrolet, 157, $10350.

18. (6) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 157, $10225.

19. (24) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 157, $8875.

20. (4) Gray Gaulding #, Chevrolet, 156, $9450.

21. (27) Korbin Forrister, Chevrolet, 156, $7675.

22. (26) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 156, $7575.

23. (3) Erik Jones, Toyota, Accident, 153, $7450.

24. (20) Ray Black Jr., Chevrolet, 139, $7375.

25. (25) Ted Minor, Chevrolet, 138, $7500.

26. (11) Matt Crafton, Toyota, Accident, 123, $8325.

27. (29) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 112, $7275.

28. (30) Scott Stenzel, RAM, Vibration, 22, $7250.

29. (32) Adam Edwards, Chevrolet, Clutch, 6, $7225.

30. (28) Charles Lewandoski, Chevrolet, Vibration, 4, $7700.

31. (31) Caleb Roark, Chevrolet, Vibration, 3, $7175.

32. (21) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, Accident, 2, $7150.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 95.037 mph.

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 06 Mins, 16 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.329 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 39 laps.

Lead Changes: 12 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: 0; D. Wallace Jr. 1-62; G. Quiroga 63; J. Nemechek 64-67; M. Crafton 68-77; J. Nemechek 78-121; M. Crafton 122; E. Jones 123-126; T. Reddick # 127-128; J. Nemechek 129-133; D. Wallace Jr. 134-153; G. Quiroga 154-157; D. Wallace Jr. 158-160.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D. Wallace Jr. 3 times for 85 laps; J. Nemechek 3 times for 53 laps; M. Crafton 2 times for 11 laps; G. Quiroga 2 times for 5 laps; E. Jones 1 time for 4 laps; T. Reddick # 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: J. Sauter – 261; M. Crafton – 251; R. Hornaday Jr. – 248; T. Peters – 246; R. Blaney – 244; G. Quiroga – 243; J. Townley – 234; B. Kennedy # – 229; D. Wallace Jr. – 218; J. Burton – 211.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 15 2014
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