Darrell Wallace Jr. has just become the first black Nascar driver, in 50 years, to win nationally during Saturday’s Truck series race at Martinsville Speedway.
Of his victory Wallace tweeted, “We Came. We Saw. We Conquered…Surreal Moment. Thank you all,” after the race.
He later added, “Awesome to see all the love flowing in still…means a lot!…”
Wallace is also the second African American man to ever win a race. Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963, in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels.
“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.”
“I had so much confidence coming into this race,” Wallace adds. “I told my guys that I did, and I told everybody that asked if I was going to win. … So, it was, ‘No, maybe we’re going to try,’ this one was, ‘For sure,’ and we capitalized. This means a lot.”
“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.”
Still relishing in his victory, Wallace tweeted days later, “Awesome to see all the love flowing in still…means a lot!…”
Congratulations Darrell Wallce Jr.!