It’s been a while since Darrell Wallace Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. faced on-track competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. This weekend in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway both drivers will have the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and compete for the win in top-notch equipment.
Wallace ran four Nationwide races during the 2012 season, finishing in the top 10 three times. His only non-top-10 finish was a 12th at Dover in his last appearance. Despite success in his limited exposure to the series, he didn’t get the chance to compete in 2013. This weekend at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, he will drive the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, normally piloted by Matt Kenseth, who has six top 10s in the race car. In Wallace’s only national series start at Talladega – last fall in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – he finished 17th after leading four laps.
Hornish finished runner-up in the standings to champion Austin Dillon last season while driving the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske. Unable to latch onto a team with proper funding and sponsorship in place, the Ohio native sat out the first eight races of 2014 (though he did run the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, subbing for an ill Denny Hamlin). He returns to action at Talladega driving the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Not only is Hornish looking to finish strong this weekend, he’s hoping to turn heads and persuade some team owners to give him a second look. In three series starts at the track, his best finish is 12th.