Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/26/13
Darrell Wallace Jr. made history Saturday afternoon, winning the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway and becoming the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR Touring Series race since Wendell Scott on Dec. 1, 1963. Driving in just his 19th career Truck Series start, Wallace dominated the afternoon in his No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, leading 96 of 200 laps and cruising to a historic victory. Brendan Gaughan finished second in a Richard Childress-owned Chevrolet, followed by Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney. The 20-year-old Wallace, known in the NASCAR community as "Bubba," was understandably emotional afterward in the wake of his triumph. "I don't know, man, I'm speechless right now," Wallace said in Victory Lane, fighting back tears. "God, I couldn't even hold it together coming off (Turn) Four and I still can't," said Wallace. Wallace said that although he had struggled in this his rookie season in the Truck Series, he knew this day was coming. "I had so much confidence coming into this race," said Wallace. "I told my guys, I told everybody when they asked if I was ready to win, I said, 'Hell, yeah. Every time.' This one was for sure and we capitalized." Runner-up Brendan Gaughan said he tried to get past Wallace at the end of the race, but couldn't during the final restart. "He did a great job on the restart," Gaughan said of Wallace. "... Darrell, I can't say enough for him. I'm so happy for NASCAR. I'm so happy for Darrell."
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