“Today(Wednesday) was so much fun getting to hang out with the kids at Avondale Elementary and then getting to plant a tree in Avondale Park,” said Darrell Wallace Jr. following his appearance in Birmingham with Mayor William Bell and Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “We were out here for a purpose, to show all the wonderful things NASCAR is doing to stay the leader in green initiatives among all sports, but we ended up having a blast while we did it. I know the city can’t wait to get the 90 trees, and I can’t wait to see all these kids out at Talladega next weekend.”
The event marked the second time the track has participated in NASCAR’s Green program. In 2011, the track planted 60 trees at Rosedale Park in Tuscaloosa, a park that was damaged during the April 27 tornadoes.
Wallace Jr., the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Good Sam Toyota, is currently ninth in the standings but a win at Talladega could propel him up the leaderboard.
Wallace Jr. has been on a tear as of late. In his last four starts, Wallace Jr. has three top-five finishes. His best finish of the season was September 1 when he finished fourth at the Chevrolet Silverado 250 held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Canada. More recently, he finished fifth at the Smith’s 350 held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Back in February, Wallace Jr. finished 12th in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 held at Daytona International Speedway.
The Mobile native, who recently turned 20, was asked last spring what race track was on his bucket list and named Talladega as one.
“I'd probably have to say Daytona or Talladega,” Wallace Jr. said. “After watching the past weekend, it looks like a lot of fun. Good to see Joey Logano in Victory Lane and Kyle (Busch) in second. Definitely cool to run at those tracks, run in a big pack now. NASCAR is always changing something to keep them in a pack to make it more exciting. Looks like a lot of fun. Those look like a lot of fun.”
This coming weekend, Wallace Jr. will be able to knock Talladega Superspeedway off his list.