Wallace ready to move past Pocono crash

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Wallace ready to move past Pocono crash


Wallace ready to move past Pocono crash


The witty reply from Darrell Wallace Jr. Friday morning about how he’s feeling after his Pocono wreck was further proof the Richard Petty Motorsports driver is doing fine.

“I think my left foot is broken and my cheek will never be repaired,” Wallace said.

A vicious impact in Turn 1 after losing the brakes on Lap 155 left Wallace winded, but he was able to walk away. Wallace did hit his foot on the pedal and bit his cheek, but those were his only wounds.

“I’m all good,” Wallace said. “I didn’t know they made those improvements [to the foot box] since Kyle’s [Busch] deal [at Daytona]. But, I banged it off the inside of my left foot, I banged it off the gas pedal, and I had a knot the size of a nickel. I’ve had that before a couple of times, and it would be fine the next day. It was lingering for a day and a half after that.

“I wore shoes for the first time yesterday; I was just being lazy and wearing flip-flops, I put on shoes and I was like oh, damn, that still hurts a little bit. But, I’m all good now. So, we’re all good and healed up. Ready to go do it again. Now, all the videos that pop up are Jimmie [Johnson] and Denny [Hamlin] wrecks. I’m like, dang it. Come here to this place [Watkins Glen] and lose brakes going into [Turn] 1. Good times there.”

Wallace spoke about the wreck after his release from the infield care center and then a few times this week, including on the “Glass Case of Emotion” podcast. And he also said he relived it when he got home and explained everything to girlfriend Amanda Carter, who had not been at the track.

The hit was the hardest one Wallace says he’s had to date.

“It’s a fascinating wreck to watch,” Wallace said. “I hate that it’s mine, you know? So, all week long and even up to this day, I still see it just because it’s on Instagram and Twitter. People are putting it out there, and people are taking stuff from the podcast and creating articles about it. So, I’m still reliving it. And, it’s a tough one to watch, but man we hit a ton.

“And it’s good to be able to come away and walk away from that and just know that I had a lot of people’s support. That was pretty cool as well. I think that was obviously a big highlight for me was just getting out and seeing everybody reaching out and showing their levels of concern.”