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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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.