By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Darrell Wallace Jr., also known as Bubba Wallace, has sign a contract with Roush Fenway Racing to compete in the full NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015. The 21-year-old joins fellow drivers Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed and Elliott Sadler at RFR.
He will take over the No. 6 Ford Mustang that Trevor Bayne previously drove. No sponsor or crew chief had been assigned to this car at this time.
“I’ve had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have,” Wallace said. “When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest (XFINITY) team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team’s legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers.”
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As a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, he won five races during the past two seasons. Both of the seasons were with Kyle Busch Motorsports, and four of the go e wins came this season.
Two years ago, he was the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series event in 50 years at Martinsville Speedway in hid first Camping World Truck Series race.
He had made six Nationside Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2012-2014. He had four Top 10 finishes, including a career best seventh place finish at Iowa (2012) and Daytona (2014).
Wallace was granted his release earlier this month following a lack of funding at JGR. He also had no funding to remain at KBM, as well.
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“He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track,” RFR President Steve Newmark said. “We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season.”
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