By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
Last week’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway brought Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr.’s streak of sixth place finishes in his No. 6 Ford Mustang to an abrupt end. Late in the race, he spun to avoid one accident and was nailed by the No. 0 of Garrett Smithley who had nowhere to go.
As the NASCAR Xfinity Series moves on to Richmond International Raceway for the ToyotaCare 250, Wallace’s Roush-Fenway Racing Ford Mustang will have a new look. For the first time this season, he will have Mello Yello as the primary sponsor for his No 6 Ford.
Wallace has five previous starts in the Xfinity Series at Richmond, with a best finish of 10th in 2012 with Joe Gibbs Racing. He also has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts at the 0.750-mile short track with one win in 2011.
In 79 career Xfinity Series starts, Wallace has six top fives, 32 Top 10s, and two pole positions.
As previously stated, Wallace had a streak of sixth-place finishes, which lasted five races, one race shy of tying a record with NASCAR Hall of Famer and Champion, Jack Ingram. In 1983, Ingram finished second in six consecutive races, setting the record for consecutive finishing positions.
Wallace was excited to have Mello Yello on the car this weekend,
“I’m definitely looking forward to hitting the track in Richmond with our Mello Yello Ford Mustang. The car looks great and I can’t thank them enough for coming on board this weekend. I’m ready to get back in the car and rebound after getting caught up in that deal in Bristol. We had a good streak going and I hope we can get back to it in Richmond.”
Wallace and his No. 6 Mello Yello Ford Mustang team will now look to rebound in Richmond as Wallace continues to seek sponsorship for much of the remaining races this season.