Darrell Wallace Jr. Makes His Way Into The NASCAR History Books

By Christy Valdez
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

After coming close to a win a couple of times in the 2013 NASCAR season, Darrell Wallace Jr. made his way to victory lane at Martinsville.

Wallace captured the win at the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway after racing among the top trucks all race long and taking the lead on lap 151. Going into the final laps at Martinsville, Wallace kept himself within a long distance from the rest of the competition to take his first Trucks Series win in historic fashion.

After first taking the lead in the race within lap 10, Wallace ended up leading 96 of the 200 laps.

Along with the win at Martinsville, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate made history by becoming the first African-American driver to win in a NASCAR touring series since Wendell Scott’s Cup Series win in 1963.

Brendan Gaughan finished in second followed by Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to close out the top five.

Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished in sixth.

The race at Martinsville was one of the few races were the young and upcoming drivers were in a race with the Truck Series regulars and some Cup drivers as well. Wallace became the most recent rookie driver to capture a win.

With Martinsville being a short track, tempers came out on display. Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick had their bout on the track, pitting the young gun against the experienced driver. Overall Martinsville was just a taste of what’s left to come.

Martinsville was just one of the last four races on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. With little time to go, all chances to capture a win are starting to slim.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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