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Darrell Wallace, Jr.
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Wallace, Jr. (right) at Richmond in 2011
Born (1993-10-08) October 8, 1993 (age 20)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Awards 2010 K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
6 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Car no., team No. 20 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
Best finish 36th (2012)
First race 2012 Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 (Iowa)
Last race 2014 Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
31 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 54 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2013 position 8th
Best finish 8th (2013)
First race 2013 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Last race 2014 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
First win 2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last win 2014 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 22 2
Statistics current as of July 23, 2014.

Darrell Wallace, Jr. (born October 8, 1993 in Mobile, Alabama), also known as Bubba Wallace, is an American professional stock car racing driver. Signed as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, Wallace currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Career[edit]

The son of a white father and African-American mother,[1][2] Wallace was born in Mobile, Alabama but grew up in Concord, North Carolina. He started racing in the Bandolero and Legends car racing series, as well as local late model events, at the age of nine; he often had to deal with racism among other competitors.[1] In 2005, he won 35 of the Bandolero Series' 48 races held that year;[1] in 2008 he became the youngest driver to win at Franklin County Speedway in Virginia.[3]

Wallace began competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, a developmental series, in 2010; driving for Revolution Racing,[4] which operated as part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program,[5] Wallace was contacted as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.[6] He won his very first race in the series, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, becoming the youngest driver ever to win at the track, as well as the first African-American driver to win there;[4] he was also the youngest and first African-American driver to win in the history of the series, which began as the Busch North Series in 1987.[7] He also won later in the year at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire,[8] on his way to finishing third in series points and winning the series' Rookie of the Year award.[6] He was the first African-American to win the Rookie of the Year award in a NASCAR series.[9] Wallace's 2011 season would see him winning three times, at Richmond International Raceway, Columbus Motor Speedway, and Dover International Speedway, and he finished second in points to Max Gresham.[4]

Wallace moved to race directly for Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2012 season.[1] Racing the entire K&N East Series season along with four to six selected races in the Nationwide Series,[10] Wallace won the second East event of the year at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, his first win with JGR.[11]

Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut in late May, driving the No. 20 Toyota for JGR at Iowa Speedway;[12] he ran in the top ten for most of the event, finishing 9th.[13] After posting further top ten finishes in his next two starts in the series, Wallace won his first career Nationwide Series pole at Dover International Speedway in late September.[14]

Wallace's 2013 truck

In February 2013, it was announced that Wallace would run a full season in the Camping World Truck Series in the No. 54 Toyota owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports.[15]

At Rockingham Speedway in April Wallace, following accidental contact with Ron Hornaday, Jr., was turned by Hornaday under a caution flag, his truck hitting the outside wall. Hornaday was penalized for the contact by being sent to the rear of the field; after the race Hornaday was penalized 25 championship points and assessed a $25,000 fine, in addition to being placed on probation for the remainder of the season.[16] The situation was compared to an incident in 2011 where Kyle Busch deliberately wrecked Hornaday at Texas Motor Speedway.[17]

On October 26, 2013, Wallace became the first African American driver to win in one of NASCAR's national series since 1963, winning the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.[18][19] The only previous win by an African American driver was by Wendell Scott in the Grand National Division, now the Sprint Cup Series, on December 1, 1963.[18]

In 2014, Wallace returned to the Camping World Truck Series full-time in the No. 54; he also ran selected races in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20, starting in May at Talladega Superspeedway.[20]

Wallace won the truck race at Gateway and after some top tens, battled Kyle Larson and Ron Hornaday Jr. for the win at Eldora Speedway. Wallace was ultimately the one who edged Hornaday at the line for the win.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Owens, Shannon J. (February 20, 2012). "Young driver aims to make NASCAR history". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Young Concord Driver Blazes His Own Trail". Cabarrus News (Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte Observer). October 21, 2009. p. 6J. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  3. ^ Graves, Gary (March 28, 2010). "Barriers fall as Darrell Wallace Jr. wins in NASCAR's East tour". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Demmons, Doug (March 16, 2012). "Darrell Wallace Jr. set to make his debut with Gibbs Racing at Bristol". The Birmingham News. Birmingham, AL. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Drive for Diversity names 10 finalists". ESPN. October 20, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  6. ^ a b Tuttle, Tim (January 20, 2011). "Wallace, Harraka two to watch at Toyota All-Star Showdown". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Wallace makes historic debut in NASCAR Pro Series". Fox Sports. March 30, 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Local teen wins K&N Pro Series East race". Cabarrus News. Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte Observer. August 11, 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  9. ^ Fernandez, Frank (February 18, 2011). "Driver, 17, garners diversity award". The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, FL). p. 10A. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  10. ^ Graves, Gary (October 31, 2011). "Darrell Wallace Jr., 18, set for opportunity with Gibbs". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  11. ^ Demmons, Doug (April 1, 2012). "Darrell Wallace Jr. wins NASCAR race at Greenville Pickens Speedway". The Birmingham News. Birmingham, AL. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  12. ^ Hembree, Mike (May 8, 2012). "Darrell Wallace Set For Iowa Debut". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  13. ^ Emmert, Mark (May 20, 2012). "Wallace Jr., Pastrana learn on the fly at Iowa Speedway". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  14. ^ "Wallace Jr. wins first Nationwide pole at Dover". The Herald. Rock Hill, SC. September 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  15. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 9, 2013). "NASCAR diversity: Darrell Wallace Jr. hoping to become role model for African-American drivers after landing full-time ride". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  16. ^ "Hornaday Jr. penalized for intentional wreck at Rockingham". Fox Sports. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  17. ^ Newton, David (April 15, 2013). "Hornaday should not be suspended". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  18. ^ a b Ryan, Nate (October 26, 2013). "Darrell Wallace Jr. makes NASCAR history with victory". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  19. ^ "Darrell Wallace Jr. takes historic NASCAR Trucks win at Martinsville". NBC Sports. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Turner, Jared (April 23, 2014). "Darrell Wallace Jr. to make first NNS start of 2014 at Talladega". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  21. ^ "Darrell Wallace, Jr. - 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  22. ^ "Darrell Wallace, Jr. - 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  23. ^ "Darrell Wallace, Jr. - 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  24. ^ "Darrell Wallace, Jr. - 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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