Darrell Wallace Jr. prevailed in his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday afternoon, holding on at Michigan International Speedway.
Wallace led the final 11 laps in the 100-lap LTi Printing 200, his No. 99 Chevrolet holding just a .176-second lead at the checkered flag. Wallace’s deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.
Wallace took the lead for the first time on Lap 90, making a bold move past Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric. The sixth win of his Truck Series career was his first at the 2-mile track.
“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day. Emotional Victory Lane, for sure. First time back in three years, so it’s so cool.”
Bell, the series points leader, salvaged second place in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. Kyle Busch, Ryan Truex and Cindric rounded out the top five, with pole-sitter Matt Crafton scored in sixth.
Busch led a race-high 47 laps and won the opening two stages, but dropped back in the pack after suffering left-front damage in a Lap 65 restart. That contact was triggered by a three-wide battle with Wallace and Cody Coughlin, who took the brunt of the incident.
John Hunter Nemechek, a two-time winner this year, crashed heavily into the Turn 2 retaining wall on Lap 4. His No. 8 Chevrolet broke loose after battling with Chase Briscoe, relegating him to a last-place finish in the 30-truck field.