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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.

Wendell Scott

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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.

Kroger 200

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