Making History: Darrell Wallace Jr. Claims First NASCAR National Series Triumph, Scores For Diversity
NASCAR isn’t quite the stereotypical scene from your father’s generation…at least that’s not where it’s heading. And that’s completely deliberate, for the better. Illustrated by up and coming driver Darrel Wallace Jr. and his massive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this past weekend at Martinsville, the landscape is undergoing a modernization of sorts – as the field of competitors becomes more and more diverse and the NASCAR organization aims to spread appeal of America’s first ‘action sport’ to all sorts of people that love engines, racing and drama.
It’s been a weekend of resurgence for Oakley’s four-wheel motorsports team –and Jamie McMurray’s wide smile painted that picture perfectly at NASCAR’s mecca. Oakley’s star driver ended an extended victory drought with a smooth triumph at Talladega this past weekend, picking up his first ‘W’ since Oct. 2010. Smashing through an abnormally mellow speedway – devoid of its usual massive crashes, scrambling and head-to-head battles throughout – Jamie skated through the final 15 laps with no incident to spoil his return to victory lane.
Scott Dixon is most definitely back. Oakley’s long-time IndyCar driver returned to former glory after claiming his third title at Fontana to wrap up a dazzling season. With past series crowns in 2003 and 2008 in the bag, a small drought screeched to a halt with a string of consistent results in 2013. “Once it’s all said and done and I’m done with racing and I can look back and say, Hey, I achieved this,’” Scott said following his fifth place finish at Auto Club Speedway to wrap up the year. “That will be the time for that. Right now, I love racing. I just want to race. … I’m not really a person that (dwells on accomplishments).” But, as always, getting through to the end of the heated 250-lap grind in one piece was no walk in the park.