Black Firsts: History Is Still Being Made

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A Thing For Speed

Last year Darrell Wallace, Jr., became  first African-American to win NASCAR national race in 50 years. “We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France, said at the time of Wallace’s historic win.

There had been no African-American to win any “NASCAR national series race since December 1, 1963, when Wendell Scott became the first ever to win a race at NASCAR’s top level, in a victory at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida,” reports CNN.

What also makes 20-year-old Wallace’s win special is that he is a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity.

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