After a four-win season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. was expected to take the next step into the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2015.
But when Joe Gibbs Racing was unable to find a sponsor to help him take that step, Wallace asked for and was granted his release.
Now, one of NASCAR’s better prospects could be heading to Roush Fenway Racing’s XFINITY Series operation, which is already set to run three cars in 2015 for Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed, and the incoming Elliott Sadler.
It can be strongly argued that Wallace, who in 2013 became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series race in half a century, has done all he can in the Trucks.
And as NASCAR AMERICA’s Parker Kligerman noted in today’s episode, Roush Fenway’s ability to field XFINITY cars for young drivers without major sponsorship could help Wallace keep pushing toward the eventual goal of racing in the top-tier Sprint Cup Series.
For more of Kligerman’s thoughts, check out the clip above.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.