Chasing The Underdogs

Chasing the Underdogs: Darrell Wallace Jr., Leads the Way at Charlotte in First 600

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie and Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., had a solid run in his first Coca-Cola 600.

In the longest race of the year on the schedule, Wallace raced his No. 43 Kroger/Coca Cola Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the lead lap for a majority of Sunday’s event.

Wallace was able to race his way from 18th to 16th in the lap 50 laps of the race and lead the way for the underdogs.

Wallace currently sits 22nd in the points standings but that’s not for lack of effort from both driver and team.

The 24-year old has seen success on several occasions in his first full-time season in the MENCS.

Wallace’s dramatic second place finish in the season opening Daytona 500 and his emotion that showed following the race opened a lot of eyes to the heart this guy has and how much this opportunity has meant to him and his family.

Despite some so, so finishes, Wallace is having fun.

“I’m enjoying the hell out of this year. I’m having so much fun, and some weeks are good. Some weeks are not what we want, but we’re continuing and growing and learning from it, and that is all you can do, Wallace said.”

Heading into this Sunday’s Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway, in 13 starts this season Wallace has 1 top-5, 2 top-ten finishes and has led 11 laps.

Front Row Motorsports driver, Michael McDowell was the second-best underdog finisher in the race, wheeling his No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion to an 18th place finish.

McDowell’s finish was his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Here are how the other underdogs fared at Charlotte:
Ty Dillon, 21st
AJ Allmendinger, 23rd
Ross Chastain, 24th
David Ragan, 25th
Corey LaJoie, 26th
Parker Kligerman, 27th
Landon Cassill, 28th
Chris Buescher, 29th
Jeffrey Earnhardt, 30th
Gray Gaulding, 31st
Timmy Hill, 32nd
BJ McLeod, 33rd
Matt DiBenedetto, 37th
JJ Yeley, 38th

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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