Martinsville madness brings breakthrough day for Wallace Jr.

During an insane race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Darrell Wallace Jr. rose from the smoke and carnage to claim his first win in the series in Martinsville, Virginia.

Wallace’s Kyle Busch Motorsports truck was dialed in, which brings brightness to the team after reports of hard times for KBM. Coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag, the driver began to cry. That’s the beautiful thing about the NCWTS; it gives these younger drivers the opportunity to learn and grow.

However, if any of the young guns were going to have a shot at the win, they would have to get through the two Sprint Cup Series regulars in the field: Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

Many were looking at Hamlin to impress, with his truck -also a KBM ride- sitting on the pole. He had the race nearly won when, on a restart, he was pushed out on line and fell back. Then, he scuffled with NCWTS points leader Matt Crafton and ended up hitting the inside wall. He recovered for a sixth-place finish.

That left Harvick to spoil the show for the kids. Unfortunately, The Kid spoiled his show. In the thick of battle, Ty Dillon moved his Richard Childress Racing teammate out of the way, and that caused both trucks to turn and wad up others. When the two got rolling on the caution lap, they bumped and tussled again. Harvick then went to the garage while Dillon’s crew fixed the vehicle. When asked about the incident, the gloves came off: “That’s exactly why I’m leaving RCR. [The Dillon brothers, Ty and Austin] don’t have any respect.” He went on to call Childress’ grandsons “rich boys” and claimed they had “silver spoons” in their mouths.

Though it was an exciting moment in the afternoon, it doesn’t take away from the highlight of the day. Wallace’s win is a historic moment, for he is only the second African-American to win in a national NASCAR series. A former member of the Drive for Diversity program, the driver is now an inspiration to young racers who believe they may be limited by gender or race.

As always, Martinsville Speedway brought a newsworthy race -in many different ways.

Point Standings after Martinsville

1. Matt Crafton (–)
2. Ty Dillon (-57)
3. James Buescher (-58)
4. Jeb Burton (-82)
5. Miguel Paludo (-88)
6. Johnny Sauter (-92)
7. Ryan Blaney (-104)
8. Timothy Peters (-106)
9. Darrell Wallace Jr. (-114)
10. Brendan Gaughan (-127)

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