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The Future Looks Bright For Darrell Wallace Jr.

Credit: Jennifer Coleman/NASCAR

After an astonishing 2012 NASCAR season, the future is looking very bright for Darrell Wallace Jr. 

The 2012 season was a good for Wallace as he made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. The four-race schedule with JGR ended being a great opportunity for Wallace not only to expand his career into a new series, but the door that opened up for so much more.

In his four-race Nationwide appearances, Wallace captured the spotlight when he captured three top-10 finishes and a pole award. All three top-10s were in his first three races.

Since his NASCAR debut in 2010 while racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Wallace has accomplished several features within his career. In the K&N East Series, Wallace became the youngest and first African-American driver to win in the series. He also won Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 in the K&N East Series. He came close to winning the East Series title in 2011 and ended the year in second place in the point standings.

Throughout his time in the K&N Series Wallace has captured six wins in 36 races. In his time in the K&N East Series he also captured four poles, 16 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes. Wallace was also a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, and helped it grow throughout his time there.

In 2012, Wallace was named as one of nine young drivers as part of the NASCAR Next 9, the nine drivers under 25 as the future of NASCAR.

With less than a week left until the start of the 2013 Speed weeks, Wallace has been linked to a possible Truck Series deal in a full time ride in a partnership between Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. Although there has not been an official announcement of the deal, Wallace has taken to Twitter to comment on the rumors surround his future within the 2013 season, saying he had no idea why the rumors were out.

Whether the rumors surrounding Wallace in a full time Truck Series ride turn out being true or not, he will be a competitor to keep an eye on. As a driver who is rising up within the ranks, Wallace has demonstrated that he has the ability to succeed in whichever car he is behind the wheel of, regardless of what race or age he is.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy