Sep 29, 2012; Dover, DE, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Justin Allgaier (31) and Darrell Wallace Jr (20) lead the field at the start of the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Darrell Wallace Jr. to Run Fulltime in Truck Series


Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver Darrell Wallace Jr. will be moving up from the K/N Pro East Series up to the Camping World Truck Series.

Wallace was a successful participant in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and even made a few starts for Gibbs in the Nationwide Series last season. He had three top-10 finishes in his four starts.

He will be the first African American driver to driver to run full time in the top tier divisions of NASCAR since Bill Lester. Lester last ran a full season back in 2006 in the then Craftsman Truck Series.

Wendell Scott is the only African American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top tier divisions. He won back in 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a developmental driver for Joe Gibbs, Wallace will remain under contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. He will drive full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013. Kyle Busch is under contract with Joe Gibbs Racing too.

An official announcement from both Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports is expected tomorrow afternoon during the NASCAR Preview in Charlotte.

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