AVONDALE, Ariz. – After an unfortunate start to the season with an accident in the Powershares QQQ 300 that left him in 33rd place, Darrell Wallace Jr. has made an impressive comeback finishing sixth in each of his last three races.
The driver of the No. 6 Ford said that after being eliminated in last season’s playoffs when another crash ended his run in the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix, his focus going into this season was “not living on the past.”
“We’ve made some good changes with personnel, equipment, everything coming into this season. I think that’s what has helped out a lot, just letting last year be last year,” he said.
After seeing how competitive the field will be this season at Daytona, Wallace said he and his team have been working to keep the car balanced and to maintain consistency on the track. Although it’s still early in the season, he’s already thinking about what will bring his Roush Fenway Racing team the most success, especially with the new points system being implemented in the races this year.
“As long as we keep top six-ing them to death, it’s what we need to just stay right there in the hunt,” Wallace explained. “We still got a little bit of speed to be gained to be a frontrunner, but we’re getting there.”
Next stop for Wallace in the West Coast swing is Auto Club Speedway, where he finished third last year in the TreatMyClot.com 300.
“The biggest thing is trying to get some front grip, get your car working really well, get a good balance, have some decent speed and continue on,” he said about competing in the 300-mile event next weekend.
Last year, Wallace and fellow driver Ryan Blaney made headlines with their hilarious antics on their drive to California from the race in Phoenix. When asked if fans would get to see something like that this week, Wallace mentioned that NASCAR asked the pair if they could top last year’s success.
“Good luck topping that. We’ll see, we’re always coming up with something good.”
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