The announcement on Saturday that Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to drive full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports is seen by many as an indication that the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program is bearing fruit. Currently in its 11th season, the program is aimed at providing opportunities for ethnic minority groups and women to demonstrate their driving skills in NASCAR events. At 19-years of age, Wallace already has years of driving experience to his name and has expressed his hope that he will become a role model for other African-Americans, encouraging them to work toward their goals. As only the fourth African-American driver to compete full-time in a national series, Wallace joins Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester in the NASCAR history books.
Born in Mobile, Alabama on October 8, 1993, Darrell Wallace Jr. was raised in Concord, North Carolina. At the age of nine he started racing in the Legends and Bandolero series, winning 35 of the 48 Bandolero Series races in 2005. In 2010, driving for Revolution Racing, Wallace started to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and won his first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway becoming the first African-American driver, as well as the youngest driver, to win at the track. He won the series’ Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first African-American to win a NASCAR series Rookie of the Year award. In 2011 he won three times and finished the season in second place, with Max Gresham in the lead.
Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2012 season, Wallace made his Nationwide Series debut driving the #20 Toyota at Iowa Speedway in late May, finishing 9th. The talented young driver finished in the top ten in his following two races and earned his first pole position in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway in September 2012. With the season only just beginning, fans are no doubt eager to see how Wallace will perform in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #54 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series.
Started by NASCAR in 2004, the Drive for Diversity program aims to attract minorities and women to the sport as drivers, crew members and owners.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series arrives at Michigan International Speedway in August with the VFW 200. Spectators can look forward to a thrilling race. The event is followed the next day by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400. This is a weekend not to be missed.
Date: 20 & 21 August June 2011
Venue: Michigan International Speedway
Country: United States of America
When most people think about the Mansfield Motorsports Park, they think of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250. This might be the biggest event at the park, but it definitely isn’t the only one. Racing fans in the area will be happy to know that there are plenty more great races that are scheduled to take place at Mansfield Motorsports Park this year.
Mansfield Motorsports Park’s summer racing season will see at least five more nights of top racing action. There are also a further two community events that have been slated for the 2008 racing season. The next exciting date on the park’s calendar is June 14. This is when the Greased Lightning 250 will stop by for its Northern Division. The race is the first of two USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series races that will be taking place at the Mansfield Motorsports Park. The series will return on August 30 with the Sears Auto Center 250; the race that will mark the kick-off of the Championship Series. The Hooter’s Series has become incredibly popular over the past five years and today it is one of the premier events held at the track each year. Last year’s Hooter’s Championship Series race was held on Labor Day weekend and won by Bobby Gill. There was good support for the event, excellent weather and the racing was worth watching. Indeed, Hooters is the premier short track stock car series in the U.S.
The racing action doesn’t end with the Hooter’s series. On the June 28th the American Speed Association’s Late Model Challenge Series will be making its way to Mansfield for the PPG All American Classic 200. July is a quiet month for the track with only the annual Freedom Festival and Fireworks Show being scheduled for July 4. August 9th is the next big date to watch for, with the Open Wheel Extravaganza returning to the track along with the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series. Later that same month the NASCAR Camping World Series makes a stop here, as does the Whelen Modified Tour. As if that wasn’t enough, the Hooter’s Championship Series brings the racing action to a close just one week later. The final non-racing event to take place at the park is the Autism Awareness Walk-A-Thon, which will take place on September 20th. Clearly Mansfield supporters can look forward to a fun, action-packed season.