The Charlotte Observer has reported Darrell Wallace Jr. has asked to get out of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015 and explore other opportunities.
JGR has now granted that release, per the Observer’s Jim Utter.
Per sources to the Observer, Wallace could be on the move to Roush Fenway Racing, which has three cars already confirmed in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series – holdovers Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed, and new recruit Elliott Sadler. Neither JGR nor RFR spokespersons offered comment.
Wallace is one of NASCAR’s rising stars and a several-time winner this year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports. However, JGR does not have the necessary sponsorship to provide for a full-time program for him into 2015.
It’s an unsettling situation for any driver to find themselves in, especially at this stage of the calendar year when most of the next year’s plans are already locked in place.
Wallace is talented enough he should land somewhere provided he is released from his contract. A full-time presence for him in the XFINITY Series would already add to the depth in that field.