The Top African American NASCAR Driver: Darrell Wallace Jr.

Darrell Wallace Jr. was born October 8th, 1993 in Mobile, Alabama.  He currently drives Roush-Fenway Racing and drives the Ford car. Wallace made his mark with five Camping Truck World Series wins. Since he has five wins, he became the first African-American driver since Wendell Scott to win a NASCAR race.

Early Life

He was born to Darrell Wallace Sr. and Desiree Wallace in Mobile, Alabama. Fast forward to now he is looking forward to the 2017 season to win it all this year. He was a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, a program where it drives to attract minority male and females to motorsports. Darrell Wallace Jr. has been nicknamed “Bubba” Wallace. Bubba currently resides in Huntersville, South Carolina. He started off Go-Kart racing and then moved up through the ranks. In 2006, he posted 11 wins and over 27 top five finishes in the UARA touring series. Wallace from a young age has shown that African-American drivers can start early and compete often.

The Goal and Achievements

Since being in NASCAR, Bubba has made an impact on the sport and has shown that African-Americans can compete in motorsports. He shocked the world when he won his first race at Martinsville Speedway on October 26th, 2013.  In that race he led 96 laps which included the final 50 laps of the race. So far in Wallace’s career he has 26 top ten finishes in the Truck Series of Nascar and five wins. In addition, in the Xfinity Series, he has 26 top ten finishes with no wins. Bubba is still seeking his first win in the Xfinity Series. Wallace is permanently in the history books since he is the fourth African-American to drive and race a full season. Wallace drives the #6 Ford car and races for Roush Fenway Racing. 2017 is a new season and he will be looking to make his mark this season.

 

Glen Thomas

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