D4D Driver Looks to Capture Championship
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 16, 2010) – Darrell Wallace Jr.’s hunt for a historic NASCAR Championship is still in play at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as NASCAR K&N Series East teams qualified today for the New Hampshire 125.
The 16-year-old Revolution Racing driver, who made history in the first race of the season when he became the NASCAR K&N Series’ youngest and first African American to win a race, is in second place 66 points behind defending series champion Ryan Truex with two races remaining. Wallace qualified eighth for tomorrow’s race which is slated for 5 p.m. Truex qualified 5th. Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Brett Moffitt won the pole.
Should he overcome the points’ deficit in the final two races, Wallace would become the first African-American to win a NASCAR touring series championship.
“Obviously it would be a historic accomplishment,” said Wallace, who along with his teammates is a NASCAR Drive for Diversity participant. “Not since Wendell Scott’s only NASCAR Cup Series win in 1963 has there been an African American to make a huge mark on the sport and it would be an honor to be the next.”
Wallace’s win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in March was his first of two wins this season; the second came at Lee Speedway in July.
Revolution Racing qualified four cars for the New Hampshire 125, with Ryan Gifford lining up seventh, Sergio Pena 14th and Michael Cherry 22nd.
Gifford stands fifth in NASCAR K&N Series East points; Pena 11th and Cherry is making only his second series start. Cherry’s debut at Gresham Motorsports Park on Aug. 28 was a huge success for the rookie, where he started and finished the race in the fourth position.
Revolution Racing fields 10 teams for the Drive for Diversity program, four in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams. In addition, Revolution Racing fields youth racing programs in Bandolero and Legend cars.
Among the historic accomplishments of Revolution Racing drivers in 2010 include:
- March 27, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. became the youngest and first African-American driver to win in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history;
- On June 5, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Ryan Gifford became the first African-American driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history to qualify on the pole;
- On June 11, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Michael Cherry became the first African-American to win at Tri-County Speedway (Hudson, N.C.);
- On July 2, 2010 Revolution Racing driver Megan Reitenour became the first female driver to win at Tri-County Speedway (Hudson, N.C.).
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