Photo Credit: Kate Gardiner Photography/NASCAR
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
Darrell Wallace Jr.’s name sounds like a who’s who of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Darrell (Darrell Waltrip) Wallace (Rusty Wallace) Jr. (Junior Johnson), but Darrell Wallace Jr. is going to be much more than a cool name — he is a talented young driver on the rise.
According to Jim Utter’s Lucky Dog Blog, Wallace has landed his first full-time ride in one of NASCAR’s National Series. Wallace will run full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and in doing so he will become the first African American driver to run a full-season since Bill Lester’s final full truck season in 2006.
However don’t expect Wallace to simply be happy with making the field. He has won at every level he’s competed at before making it into the National levels of NASCAR, so expect him to have a shot at becoming the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR National Series race since Wendell Scott accomplished the feat back in 1964.
Joe Gibbs Racing officials have yet to confirm or deny this report from Utter, but according to the report an announcement is planned for Saturday.
Wallace – age 19 – has racked up six wins over the last three seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The youngster from Alabama also recorded three top-ten finishes and a pole in four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts last season.