Darrell Wallace Jr. faints after finishing 26th in NASCAR Cup debut


Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. marked his NASCAR Cup debut, driving the iconic No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, in a rather unique way.

He fainted.

Wallace finished 26th in Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, filling in for the injured Aric Almirola. Wallace will drive until Almirola returns from the compression fracture he suffered May 13 at Kansas Speedway. At the time, Almirola’s timetable for a return was listed as two to three months.

Shortly after Wallace climbed out of his car Sunday and in the middle of a media interview, he passed out. He went to victory lane to congratulate close friend Ryan Blaney on his win.

“I was looking at something, set to go to victory lane,” Wallace said. “This is the third time this is happened. I get so pissed off at myself that I just pass out. … Yeah, I’m good.”

All things considered, it was a typical rookie debut. Wallace did the best he could, but there were some things he has to work on.

About 25 laps into the race, Wallace pitted, only to receive a pair of penalties.

First, he came onto pit road and drove through pit road sections 1, 2, 4 and 7, earning a pass-through penalty.

Then, he sped on sections 2 and 4, earning a stop-and-go penalty.

“First trip down pit road cost us and put us behind the eight ball the rest of the day,” Wallace said. “I like stage racing, but it just didn’t work out for us.

“I was really conservative today. A lot of people said it’s not my job to set the world on fire or do everything under the sun. My job was to do as good as we could and come out with a clean race car.”

He was also caught speeding later for three such penalties in the 160-lap event.

Wallace then ran a relatively quiet rest of the race, with the exception of banging fenders with Matt DiBenedetto with 12 laps to go.

But there’s no question Wallace, who finished one lap down, wanted more from his finish.

“If we could have got back on the lead lap, I definitely think we had a top-20 car,” he said. “If I had finished 26th without any mistakes, it would have been pretty embarrassing on my part.”

When he took the green flag for his first Cup race, it was somewhat of a surreal experience, Wallace said.

“Climbing in that thing, I thought I handled my emotions very well,” he said. “Green flag went well and then we were off.

“We settled in, got a pit stop and got her right. I didn’t want to come down pit road all day. If I could have stayed out all day, I would have.”

He even took a slight humorous dig at former Truck series owner Kyle Busch in his post-race interview: “I like to win. I can drop the mic and pick my nose, but I won’t do that.”

Still, even with the mistakes he made, Wallace was fairly happy with his debut.

“I knew jumping into this it wouldn’t be easy,” he said. “These guys are good, they’re here for a reason. There’s no more climbing. I’ve been in the ladder runs the last couple years. There’s no higher to go.”

Wallace added “I was driving my butt off. This is a first step, we ran a good, clean race, that’s all you can ask. Didn’t wreck the car. That’s good.

“It was a really cool, really fun day. This was a bad-ass day. … We’ll just get better.”

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Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.