Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes first black to win NASCAR in 50 years
Darrell Wallace Jr. took the Kroger 200 on the racing circuit’s Camping World Truck Series this past Saturday making him the first African American to win the NASCAR race in 50 years.
The last time an African American won a national NASCAR series race was on December 1, 1963, when Wendell Scott became the first ever to win a race at NASCAR’s top level.
“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 NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France…Scott, a Virginia native who served in the Army during World War II, raced in more than 500 races during his career — finishing in the top five 20 times, though that would be his only victory. Plus, the 20-year-old Wallace isn’t just any driver. He’s a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity, having been featured in numerous local and national publications.
Wallace won in his 19th start on the Camping World Truck circuit. He finished top 10 in 10 of his first 18 starts.
He is a native of Alabama, but currently lives in North Carolina.
Join us in congratulating this young black brother on making history!
A fine example of a diversity program paying off.