Wallace has eventful Martinsville weekend

HUNTERSVILLE – Darrell Wallace Jr.’s weekend at Martinsville Speedway included long rain delays, a brush with other trucks and a post-race inspection that went awry.

What it didn’t include was Wallace’s second victory at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ shortest track.

Wallace finished second in the Kroger 250 on March 30, a race that was delayed until after the Sprint Cup event due to inclement weather March 29.

NASCAR also penalized the No. 54 team for a rules violation. The sanctioning body found offset front hubs on the truck and fined Jerry Baxter, Wallace’s crew chief, $10,000 and put him on probation until Dec. 31.

Wallace and his Kyle Busch Motorsports team won the Kroger 200 on October 26, 2013, the series’ most-recent trip to Martinsville. The win also marked the first big-three series victory of Wallace’s NASCAR career, and the first win by an African-American driver since Wendell Scott in 1963.

Wallace’s bid for a second grandfather clock – the trophy Martinsville gives to its winners – fell short by one position. Wallace led 34 laps after starting from the pole, but eventual winner Matt Crafton and points leader Timothy Peters dominated the latter stages of the race.

“Almost had another timepiece!” Wallace tweeted after the race.

Still, Wallace’s runner-up finish moved him to eighth in Truck Series points after two races. The series doesn’t race again until May 9 at Kansas Speedway, so Wallace has plenty of time to strategize.


Under Armour partners with Sprint Cup teams

CORNELIUS – Under Armour, one of the nation’s leading athletic clothing and accessories companies, is partnering with two of NASCAR’s biggest teams.

The Baltimore-based company announced a partnership with Charlotte-based Hendrick Motorsports and Cornelius-based Michael Waltrip Racing on April 1, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.

Under Armour becomes the official apparel provider for Hendrick and MWR, both of whom are under a multi-year agreement with the outfitter. The company, according to the report, will also become the presenting sponsor of a new gym on MWR’s campus in Cornelius, which will be called the MWR Performance Center presented by Under Armour.

Under Armour’s agreement with the teams doesn’t give it exclusive rights to drivers, but it has the rights to use drivers’ likenesses and car numbers.


Darrah has mixed results at Merced

HUNTERSVILLE – Cody Darrah, a Kasey Kahne Racing driver in the World of Outlaws sprint-car series, had an up-and-down showing March 28 at Merced Fair Speedway in Merced, Calif.

Darrah – a Huntersville resident – finished second in his heat race, but struggled to a 19th-place result in the A Feature event.

Darrah’s KKR teammate, Brad Sweet, finished seventh in the feature.

Darrah enters the April 5-6 events at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway ranked 10th in series standings. His best finish of the 2014 season thus far was a second-place result at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on Feb. 15.

Sweet ranks fifth in series standings.

The World of Outlaws makes its first trip to the Southeast – and KKR’s home track – May 23, when the series races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.