Hamlin, Wallace Jr.: big men on campus for Talladega

October 03, 2013, Staff report,

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers make splash at Alabama, Auburn

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. spent Wednesday on the campuses of the University of Alabama and Auburn University, respectively.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota drivers were on campus as part of two events for the NASCAR College Program to promote the sport and its events among students. These two events were put on by Talladega Superspeedway. During the day's events, students at both campuses were treated to games, prizes and even got rides to class in golf carts that were stickered up like stock cars.

Denny Hamlin drives students to class at University of Alabama on Wednesday, October 2.

The first 100 participants also received free tickets and infield admission or "party passes" to the Cup Series' Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega on Oct. 20. The first 100 participants were also given the opportunity to pose with the drivers, Victory-Lane style while holding trophies. 

Talladega Superspeedway has also announced that it will be sending charter buses to Alabama and Auburn’s campuses to pick up and drop off any students wanting to attend the race.

"It was great being on campus and hanging out with the students here at Auburn today," Wallace Jr. said. "I met a lot of great people and I can't wait to see them again in a few weeks at Talladega Superspeedway. It was a whole lot of fun being here as a part of NASCAR's College Program and getting to do something I love -- driving.”

Darrell Wallace Jr. poses with a fan at Auburn University on Wednesday, October 2.