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Four D4D Drivers Excel in 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Season

Dover, Del. (Sept. 24, 2010) – Darrell Wallace Jr.’s impressive rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ended on a down note Friday at Dover International Speedway when a cut tire on lap 34 put his No. 6 Castle Packs Power car into the third turn wall and ended his season.

Wallace finished 25th in the 150-lap race and wrapped up his season third in NASCAR K&N Series East points. Race winner Brett Moffitt got past Wallace to finish second in series’ points, while Ryan Truex, who finished the race in third, captured his second consecutive NASCAR K&N Series East championship.

Wallace’s season ended with two wins, five top-fives and seven top-10s. The 16-year-old Revolution Racing driver, who in the season’s first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway made history when he became the NASCAR K&N Series’ youngest and first African American to win a race, finished the season 195 points behind Truex and 61 points behind Moffitt. Wallace’s second win came at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire.

Sergio Pena, 17, driving the No. 4 Changing Lanes on BET car, was the highest finishing Revolution Racing driver in the Sunoco 150 at Dover with an eighth-place finish, while teammates Michael Cherry finished 13th and Ryan Gifford finished 19th.

Pena ended his season with three top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign, not including an exciting duel in his series debut in January at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale with Joey Lagano, where the Winchester, Va., driver won the pole and finished second to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

Gifford, 21, finished ninth in points and recorded four top-five NASCAR K&N Series finishes and a pole at Martinsville Speedway. That historic accomplishment marked the first time an African American driver won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series pole position.

Michael Cherry and the No. 8 Playseat Chevy

Cherry, 21, of Valrico, Fla., only made three series starts, but recorded two top-10 finishes and one top five. Cherry started the season at Revolution Racing in one of the team’s six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models and became the first African-American to win a race at Tri-County Motor Speedway before making the transition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Three Revolution Racing driver’s finished the season in the top 15 of NASCAR K&N Pro Series points (Wallace third, Gifford ninth and Pena 12th). All four Revolution Racing cars completed the season in the top 15 in NASCAR K&N Pro Series owner’s standings – No. 6 (Wallace) third, No. 2 (Gifford) 10th, No. 4 (Pena) 13th and No. 8 (Cherry) 14th.
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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