Bubba Wallace Hopes “Awesome” Day Helps Sponsorship Huntby Kyle Pokrefky February 21, 2016
Darrell Wallace Jr. and his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team had their share of sponsorship struggles in the 2015 season and are looking to turn their fortunes on that front this year.
Going two-thirds of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season with either Ford or Roush Performance Parts sponsoring the No. 6 entry left gaping holes in the team’s sponsorship schedule last season.
Wallace Jr. was able to compete in the entirety of the 2015 campaign, however, it’s hard to continuously run a race team when you’re running with 22 unsponsored races.
Sponsor Selfeo, a mobile livestreaming service, signed on for Daytona following a January announcement yet had no other races lined up with the team.
Following a sixth-place performance in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Wallace Jr. is hoping Selfeo and other sponsors will have taken notice of his Daytona run and sign – or re-sign – with the No. 6 group.
“Man, I’m getting a little bit emotional just to finish one of these deals,” Wallace Jr. stated. “It feels like I won, so it’s cool. I can’t thank Selfeo enough for making this deal happen.
“We’re continuing to fight for sponsorship and to start the season off with this sponsorship on the car is outstanding.
“It’s only a one-race deal and I think it’s back to Ford for Atlanta, but I came on the radio and I said, ‘I want to see purple on our car next week.’”
Wallace Jr’s weekend encountered an early hiccup as he pancaked the right side of his car on the Turn 3 wall in first practice for the race after receiving contact from Aric Almirola while drafting.
The No. 6 team rolled out their backup car for both qualifying and the race and managed to find enough speed through the race to help Wallace Jr. start their season off on the right foot.
“It was a great effort by my guys from the practice deal,” Wallace Jr. noted. “We just rebounded. We never gave up. We continued to work hard on this car.
We didn’t have the speed we wanted right away, but it came to us here in the long end. My spotter, Freddy, did an amazing job. I don’t give him enough credit, but, hell yeah, it’s a good day. This is awesome.”
Wallace Jr. enters next Saturday’s Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway second in the points behind Elliott Sadler by three markers.
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