Sport Darrell Wallace Jr.'s Daytona 500 journey chronicled in docu-series

04:40  14 february  2018
04:40  14 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr . prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 , fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace ,” a new docu - series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

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Darrell Wallace Jr.’s first appearance in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ biggest race is going to get some extra attention.

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Wallace’s first attempt at the Daytona 500 will be chronicled in a new docu-series called, “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” which will be shown this week and next on Facebook Watch.

The first episode will post on Thursday. A trailer can be seen on this Facebook page.

Wallace, 24, will become the first African-American driver to make a start in the Daytona 500 since 1969 and the first to compete in a Cup series race since Bill Lester made a pair of starts in the 2006 season.

Daytona 500: Best friends Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace proving to be contenders

  Daytona 500: Best friends Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace proving to be contenders Ryan Blaney won the second Can-Am Duel at Daytona on Thursday with a big assist from his best bud, Darrell Wallace Jr. The two drivers may get to do something similar in the 500.In winning the opening Can-Am Duel on the Daytona International Speedway high banks Thursday night, Blaney made them look smart — and himself look absolutely like a Daytona 500 favorite. He did it by beating a Daytona 500 winner, Team Penske teammate Joey Logano, and benefiting from a late-race push from his best friend, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who finished an impressive third in his Duel debut.

As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr . prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 , fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace ,” a new docu - series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr . prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 , fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace ,” a new docu - series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

The eight-part series was produced by NASCAR Productions and will chronicle Wallace’s road to Daytona – from his earliest racing days to his debut in the Cup Series as the new full-time driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

“It’s been wild to have this entire journey documented leading into the Daytona 500,” said Wallace. “It’s cool to finally see it all come together. I’ve watched a few episodes and it’s awesome.

“It really shows how much preparation is going into my first year racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Richard Petty Motorsports and the famed ’43.’ This is something a little out of the box that’s great for fans.”

The series follows Wallace in the months and weeks leading up to the 2018 season, including encounters with team owner and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty, Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk and close friend and fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney.

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  Could Darrell Wallace Jr. be the spark that RPM needs? Richard Petty’s glory days at Daytona International Speedway included seven wins in the Great American Race. During the King’s tenure in the No. 43 car at Daytona, he won 10 races, four poles and posted 28 top fives and 37 top 10s in 74 starts. After his retirement in 1992, twenty years passed before Petty was able to celebrate another win with the iconic No. 43 car at Daytona. Aric Almirola delivered his one and only victory with the team during the rain-shortened July race in 2014.It’s been a while since Richard Petty Motorsports had reason for optimism.

Darrell Wallace Jr . will stand under the spotlight this weekend when he makes his debut in the Daytona 500 . "It’ s been wild to have this entire journey documented leading into the Daytona 500 ," Wallace said.

As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr . prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 , fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace ,” a new docu - series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

Two episodes will air per day from Thursday through Saturday in the lead-up to the 60th running of the 500, while the series’ final two episodes will be available next week. Wallace will interact with his fans live on Facebook as the series unfolds.

“Bubba Wallace is a burgeoning superstar in NASCAR, and his story is one that brings inspiration to so many people,” said Evan Parker, NASCAR managing director, content strategy. “With Facebook Watch, we’re thrilled to present Bubba’s journey to the Daytona 500 and the highest echelon of our sport in a completely new and innovative way.”

Facebook Watch is a video platform created to bring episodic content, community and conversation together on Facebook and is home to a wide variety of sports shows.

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Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona .
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