Darrell Wallace, Jr., rebounded from a disappointing run at South Boston Speedway last month to finish third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon. It was Wallace’s debut race at the 0.875-mile speedway.
“It was pretty crazy; I’ll tell you that,” Wallace said. “I told myself not to give up too much in three coming to the checkered flag. I held them down there, and was able to pick off (David) Mayhew and (Corey) LaJoie and get a third-place finish.”
Wallace, one of the youngest competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, raced in the top 10 for most of the day after qualifying fifth in the No. 76 Duck Creek Tire Chevrolet. Wallace was fourth on the final restart, and was able hold off Mayhew who restarted fifth. He pulled past LaJoie before the checkered flag and into his second top-three finish of the season.
Wallace jumped three spots to third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
His Revolution Racing teammates Sergio Pena, Ryan Gifford and Mackena Bell finished 20th, 24th and 36th, respectively.
Mackena Bell qualified 15th for the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200, but battled a tight racecar for most of the race. On lap 180, she cut a right front tire and hit hard into the wall in turn four. The hit broke an oil line which sent flames from the No. 8 Freedom Tire Chevrolet. Bell brought the car to a stop in the tri-oval grass and climbed from the car unharmed. Bell is currently 18th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
Sergio Pena finished 20th after struggling with handling problems all day with the No. 4 McAtee Tire Chevrolet. Pena started the race 10th and ran in the top 15 for much of the day, running as high as seventh just past half-way. Pena moved to 14th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
Ryan Gifford’s streak of top-five finishes came to an end this weekend after a pitting for a flat tire trapped him laps down at Iowa. Gifford qualified seventh and was running in the top five before going a lap down. Gifford’s 24th-place finish caused him to slip from second to fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
The Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 can be seen on SPEED Thursday, May 27 at 1 p.m. ET.
Revolution Racing will return to the track June 6 when NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
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