Darrell Wallace Jr. Is First Black NASCAR Driver to Win National Race in 50 Years

Wallace is the second Black driver to win on this level.

Posted: 10/28/2013 11:54 AM EDT

Darrell Wallace Jr. made NASCAR history on Saturday, becoming the first African-American driver to win a national race in 50 years. He is only the second Black driver to win on this level. Wallace took home the honor in the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in Virginia.

“This means everything,” Wallace, 20, said according to the Associated Press. “This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott’s backyard. 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.”

Wendell Scott was the first African-American to win what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series in Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1963. It is the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels. Scott's family has been involved in mentoring and supporting Wallace's career since 2008. 

Wendell Scott Jr. has mentored Wallace through NASCAR's diversity program.

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