Darrell Wallace Jr.
CREW CHIEF: Seth Barbour
TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing
LAPS LED: 34 (career low)
TOP 5s: 3 (matched 2015)
TOP 10s: 9 (lowest since 2014)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Wallace tied his career-high of three top-five finishes in a season and qualified for the inaugural Chase in the Xfinity Series … Advanced to the second round of the Chase … earned season-best finish of second at Dover I.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Still winless after two full seasons in the Xfinity Series … failed to advance to the final round of the Chase and fell to 11th in points … led a career low 34 laps, which is even worse than the laps he led in just four starts in 2012 … his top-10 finishes decreased from his rookie season (2015) … was fined $15,000 in July for a tweet that likened NASCAR officials to the Muppets
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Nothing has been officially announced, but Wallace could return for his third full season in the Xfinity Series with Roush Fenway Racing where he still seeks his first career win … Will remain a must-follow on social media.
Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”
Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.
CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.
Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.
Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.
Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.
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Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.
Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.
Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.
Check out the above video.
In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.
Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.
Check out the video above.