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NASCAR Xfinity: Darrell Wallace Jr. has ride for Chicagoland race

Darrell Wallace Jr. (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Darrell Wallace Jr. (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Darrell Wallace Jr. will be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Racing Ford, through a deal with Richard Petty Motorsports, for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 16.

“I’m really glad to get back behind the wheel of a race car,” Wallace said. “Chicago has always been a decent track for me where I’ve had some good finishes. I’m excited to get back in the Xfinity Series in a Ford Mustang. With the history with Biagi DenBeste Racing and RPM, we should have some good speed. It’s really cool to be pair with Nickelodeon. We’ve formed a great relationship over the past three years, and we’re able to do these one off races to attract the youth to the sport. With such a cool looking car this weekend, I think we’ll do just that.”

Since losing his ride behind the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the Xfinity Series earlier this season when RFR shuttered its No. 6 Xfinity program, Wallace has pieced together a partial NASCAR schedule that has included starts in the Camping World Truck and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He ran four races in the Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports while regular driver Aric Almirola was sidelined by a back injury. He finished a career-best 11th in the last of those four races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Next weekend’s Chicagoland race will be his first Xfinity Series race since losing his ride with Roush Fenway. He ran the first 12 races of the 2017 Xfinity season, finishing sixth in exactly half of those races, including five-consecutive sixth-place finishes. He was in the top-five of the Xfinity Series points standings when the No. 6 program in the series went away.

In all, Wallace has 84-career Xfinity Series starts, resulting in six top-fives and 34 top-10 finishes.

Wallace also made a Truck Series start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn this season. He won that race race, but it was classified “encumbered” by NASCAR, because the No. 99 Chevrolet he drove failed post-race inspection.

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