Darrell Wallace Jr. Makes NASCAR History

News & Views | Camille Travis | 10/28/2013 | 11:00 AM EDT

Wallace Becomes Second African-American To Win NASCAR On National Level

What's Good? Darrell Wallace Jr.!

The 20-year-old race car driver made history this past weekend as the second African-American to win on NASCAR's national level at the Truck Series race on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace follows behind Wendell Scott nearly 50 years after he won in Jacksonville, FL in December 1963 in the race that is now known as the Sprint Cup Series.

"This means everything. This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott's backyard," Wallace said after the win. "I love coming here to Martinsville, it's always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it's my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here."

Wallace, who drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports, never dipped below sixth place and edged out Jeb Burton after a restart with just five laps to go.

"We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport's history," said Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO. "Darrell's success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson's win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR's future growth."

Congratulations to Darrell!

(Photos: Steve Helber/AP Photo)

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