Martinsville, VA, United States (4E Sports) – Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Darrell Wallace Jr. claimed the championship of NASCAR’s Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Wallace, 20, was up front for 96 laps and never ran lower than sixth around the half-mile track.
In the final restart, Wallace chose the inside line and quickly pulled away from Jeb Burton into Turn 1 with five laps to go.
The win made him the first black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level since Wendell Scott won a Cup race in 1963.
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,” said the 20-year-old Wallace, who is the son of a white father and black mother. “This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott’s backyard.”
The Concord, N.C., driver was making his 19th career start.
Brendan Gaughan was second, followed by Burton. Championship leader Matt Crafton finished 17th and leads James Buescher by 51 points with three races remaining.