Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace hopes to someday join his truck in NASCAR Hall of Fame

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First his truck made it into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Now, NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace hopes someday he’ll be reunited with the truck if he is fortunate enough to make the Hall of Fame as an inductee.

The truck that Wallace drove to victory last fall at Martinsville, making him the first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top three classes in nearly 50 years, is on display at the Hall in Charlotte, N.C.

“I found out about 20 minutes after we won the race that they were thinking about putting our Tundra in the Hall of Fame,” Wallace said. “They told me to save the suit, gloves, helmet and shoes, too.”

The next step, the 20-year-old Wallace says, is to have himself inducted one day into the sport’s history palace.

“It was really, really cool to hear and that’s one of my ultimate goals is to be in the Hall of Fame,” Wallace said. “Now we have pieces of myself at the Hall, but I myself have yet to get in.

“I still have further in my career to go in order to get there and more confidence to get there.  We’ll see what we can do, but it’s an honor to have our Tundra in the Hall of Fame.”

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Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.