Darrell Wallace Jr. set for XFINITY return

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Three months after the closure of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) team, Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Chicagoland Speedway.

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced on Twitter Thursday that Wallace, 23, will compete in XFINITY Series affiliate Biagi-Denbeste Racing’s No. 98 Ford during the Sept. 16 Chicagoland 300. The Mobile, Alabama native will run with sponsorship from Nickelodeon, piloting a machine decorated in the channel’s trademark green slime.

“I’m really glad to get back behind the wheel of a race car,” Wallace said in a release. “Chicago has always been a decent track for me where I’ve had some good finishes. I’m excited to get back in the XFINITY Series in a Ford Mustang.

“With the history with Biagi DenBeste Racing and RPM, we should have some good speed. It’s really cool to be pair with Nickelodeon. We’ve formed a great relationship over the past three years, and we’re able to do these one off races to attract the youth to the sport. With such a cool looking car this weekend, I think we’ll do just that.”

Wallace will make his return to the series that saw him compete full-time in 2015 and ’16. While driving for RFR, Wallace tallied points finishes of seventh and 11th, respectively, earning six top fives and 23 top 10s in 66 starts. After a strong start to the year, Wallace was up to fourth in the series standings in June when RFR announced that they were shuttering operations of the No. 6 team.

In the time since the announcement Wallace has made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with RPM, competing in four races for the organization as a substitute for the injured Aric Almirola. Wallace earned a best finish of 11th in his final start for the team at Kentucky Speedway.

Wallace also made a lone start in the Camping World Truck Series, claiming a victory for MDM Motorsports that was later deemed encumbered at Michigan International Speedway in Aug.

A NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus, Wallace has competed in NASCAR since 2010, earning six wins apiece in the Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East.

Wallace has no other announced plans beyond Chicago at this time.

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