Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fast Facts: Darrell Wallace Jr.

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 Darrell Wallace Jr., 19, makes history in 2013, becoming just the fourth African-American driver to compete full-time in one of NASCAR’s top three series. The Joe Gibbs Racing development driver will drive the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series after spending the past three seasons in the K&N Pro Series East. Here are the fast facts on this up-and-coming driver.

  • Darrell Wallace Jr. was born October 8, 1993 in Mobile, Alabama and grew up in Concord, North Carolina. He began racing at age nine in Legends, Bandoleros and Late Model races; in 2005, he won 35 of the 48 races on the Bandoleros Series’ schedule.
  • In 2010, Wallace Jr. participated in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and joined Rev Racing, competing in the K&N Pro Series East. Wallace Jr. won in his first career start in the series at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, becoming the youngest driver ever to win there at age 16, as well as the first African-American driver to win there. He also became the youngest driver and first African-American driver to win in the series.
  • In three seasons in the K&N Pro Series East, Wallace earned points finishes of third (2010), second (2011) and seventh (2012) in points, tallying six wins and 25 top 10 finishes in 36 races, as well as four poles.
  • In 2012, Wallace Jr. made four Nationwide Series starts for JGR, earning three top 10 finishes and a pole at Dover. In his first start in the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona on February 22, 2013, Wallace Jr. started 14th and finished 12th in his KBM debut.
  • Find out more Wallace Jr. at his website, darrellwallacejr.com.


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