Darrell Wallace Jr. has endured one of the most trying years of his career thus far in 2017, but the low points only have spurred him on to keep pursuing his dream.

In a blog post for NASCAR.com on Friday, Wallace revealed that his 2017 season, has given him a new perspective on his career.

“I’m continuing to look at this trying season as a building block that will aid me in my next steps in racing,” Wallace wrote. “Making appearances at the track just to keep relevant in a very fast-moving sport.

“Because I’m not done yet.”

The 23-year-old started four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races while Aric Almirola was injured. After impressing many people with his performance behind the wheel of the No. 43, Wallace landed a one-off drive in the Camping World Truck Series LTI Printing 200, which he won — though his truck ultimately failed inspection.

Wallace again will be back on track Saturday, fielding a Nickelodeon-sponsored No. 98 Ford Mustang in the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland.

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