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Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr is the first full-time African American driver in NASCAR since 1971. Back then it was Wendell Scott who was the first to make his mark in a sport that was dominated by white men and racism.
Now in 2018 Wallace Jr. not only ran in the Daytona 500 but almost had a shot to win coming in second place. During a post-race interview, Wallace Jr. had an emotional moment with his family who have seen his journey and fight to get a shot in America’s premier racing league.
“I just try so hard to be successful at everything I do, and my family pushes me each and every day, and they might not even know it,” Wallace said. “But I just want to make them proud. Second is horrible, but it’s still a good day.”
The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in NASCAR and one of the crown jewels in the world of racing. With Wallace Jr’s second-place finish, he comes second to Scott in history finishes as Scott won the Jacksonville 200 in 1963.
Wallace has won in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series with six times.