Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first African American in 50 years to win on NASCAR’s national level. He’s only the second African American ever (behind Wendell Scott) to do so in the history of the sport. The 20-year-old, Concord, NC driver won the Truck Series race this past Saturday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
“This means everything,” the 20-year-old Wallace said. “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.”
“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,” Brian France, NASCAR’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “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.”
Wallace appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” via Skype to discuss his win and how he got his start. Hall joked, “Wow this is really cool, we’ve got basketball, we’ve got golf, we’ve got the Presidency, now we just need water polo,” joked Hall. “…if one of y’all brothers can water polo that would be real cool.” Watch the full clip below: