BRISTOL, Tenn. — Darrell Wallace Jr. endured the vary of feelings Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway, from main laps to being lapped.
Wallace led laps 375-380, the primary laps he led in his 12-race NASCAR Cup Collection profession and the primary laps led by an African-American driver since Wendell Scott received in Jacksonville (Florida) in December 1963, however the dealing with of his automotive went away. He settled for a 16th-place end, one lap down, within the Meals Metropolis 500.
The 24-year-old Wallace, a rookie on the NASCAR Cup Collection circuit driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, sat in his automotive for a second after the race.
“[The car] was on rails, and then all of a sudden, it was like a kick in the teeth,” Wallace stated. “That was just the look of dejection, devastated, everything that relates to that.”
Wallace sits 21st within the NASCAR Cup standings and has posted two top-10s this 12 months: a second-place end within the Daytona 500 to open the 12 months and an eighth-place end final week at Texas.
“We fired off like a freaking badass and got our way up to 10th [by lap 250] … and got up to the lead,” Wallace stated. “I used to be as shocked as anyone. [I’m] going via the feelings. … You might be good for a second, after which the following second you aren’t, however [we have] superior takeaways.
“The momentum remains to be right here. I am simply dejected as a result of I am scratching my head on the place within the hell we went flawed. I do not suppose we did something flawed. I suppose that’s big-time auto racing, nevertheless it was an excellent day.”
Wallace is the eighth African-American driver within the NASCAR Cup Collection and the primary full-time African-American driver since Scott, who retired in 1973. Between then and Wallace’s Cup debut in 2017, 4 African-American drivers mixed for eight begins within the sequence.