NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. wins on Eldora dirt (+video)


In front of a packed house at Eldora Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. won Wednesday’s night second annual 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic.

Wallace earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season. On a dirt track.

Wallace led the final 97 laps of the 150-lap race and withstood a relentless effort by Kyle Larson.

However, Larson creamed the wall with two laps remaining, sealing Wallace’s third-career victory in NCWTS competition in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The 20-year Wallace old took the lead from Ron Hornaday Jr. on lap 49 and led the field to the first competition caution on lap 60, completing the first of three segments. Under the yellow, Wallace brought his truck to the attention of the Jerry Baxter-led team where they changed tires and added fuel.

On the restart, Wallace checked out on the field and led the entire second segment, until the sixth caution flag of the night waved on lap 112, ending segment two.

Wallace, along with a majority of the leaders, elected to stay out, setting the tone for the final 40-lap dash to the finish.

During the final stint, Wallace found himself being haunted by last year’s runner-up finisher Larson, with the lead exchanging in the waning laps. However, Larson it the wall several times before a broken brake line sent him hard into the Turn 1 wall.

With no pressure from behind, Wallace was able cruise to give Kyle Busch Motorsports its eighth triumph of the season in 10 races overall.

Ryan Blaney, who finished third, took over the points lead from Matt Crafton by four points.

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