Wallace Jr. to start Martinsville race up front
March 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
In his return to the Virginia short track, he's once again ahead of the pack.
The 20-year-old Kyle Busch Motorsports driver will lead the field to green in Sunday's Kroger 250 (5:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1) after the race was postponed on Saturday. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying was also rained out earlier Saturday. NASCAR officials had said the Truck Series race can start as late as 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday -- Martinsville Speedway does not have lights.
The lineup was set by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book -- there were two practices on Friday, and NASCAR took each driver's best time from either practice to set the field.
Wallace Jr. led the opening session with a speed of 96.662 mph. His late-lap effort ousted buddy and fellow series sophomore Ryan Blaney (96.288 mph) from the pole position. Blaney will start second, followed by Timothy Peters (96.239 mph) and Erik Jones (96.220 mph), whose best times came in the first session. Ron Hornaday Jr.'s top speed of 96.171 mph, which led the second session, puts him fifth in the lineup.
Defending series champion Matt Crafton will start 10th.
Wallace won the fall Martinsville race, leading 96 of 200 laps to become the first African-American driver to win in the Truck Series. He joined Wendell Scott as the only African-American drivers to win a race in a NASCAR national series.
Saturday was to mark the first instance of the new multi-track qualifying format -- qualifying in the first race was rained out at Daytona.