Darrell Wallace Jr. elated over Wendell Scott’s induction into NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Even though he’s only 20 years old, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has often spoken about the impact the late Wendell Scott had upon the development of his racing career.

Even though he faced tremendous odds, adversity and negativity primarily for the color of his skin, Scott’s trailblazing ways helped pave the way for other African-Americans like Wallace and other minorities to chase their dreams of being in NASCAR.

With Scott being named Wednesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015, Wallace applauded the move in a statement released Thursday by his team, Joe Gibbs Racing.

“What a phenomenal moment not only for the Scott family, but for NASCAR,” Wallace said. “This moment has been coming for a long time.

“To be a pioneer and persevere thru the negative and never let his vision be interrupted, shows that Wendell Scott knew what it took to be an iron man in this sport. I’m honored to be following in his steps and I hope to continue to carry on his legacy throughout my racing career.”

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden has two previous wins at Barber. He won last year’s edition of this race after starting seventh and in 2015 from fifth.

Fast 12

Josef Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480 mph), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.