Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in nearly 50 years and just the second all-time to win a NASCAR National Tour Series race. Wallace joined NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott as the only black drivers to win at the top levels of NASCAR.

Wallace’s win on Saturday came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has one pole and five top-five finishes in 19 starts this season. He is currently eighth in Truck Series points with three races to go.

Wallace joined Dave Moody and Angie Skinner on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s SiriusXM Speedway, and said when he first crossed the finish line he didn’t even think about the significance of the win; he was just relieved to win the race.

“I had no idea that history was being made or anything like that, I keep saying over and over, ‘I’m going out there and have fun, I’m trying to make a name for myself,'” Wallace said. “That’s what this season has been about: Trying to run up front, do the best I can, trying to attract sponsors for next season.”

When asked about the significance of his win and Scott’s win in 1963, Wallace said, “To be the first to carry that torch that he passed on is something very significant to my family, my team, my sponsors. Awesome that it was in the backyard of his family and that we can continue to further the path that he started to create.”

Scott was born and raised in Danville, Va., near Martinsville.  He won a premier series race – the equivalent of today’s Sprint Cup Series – at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 1, 1963. Scott, who died in 1990 at the age of 69, competed in 495 races between 1961 and 1973.

Wendell Scott’s son, Frank Scott, joined fellow Danville Va. native Mojo Nixon on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s Manifold Destiny, and commented on the significance of Wallace’s win.

“It’s going to instill a lot of confidence in other minorities and ethnic groups that are aspiring to reach out into, not only racing, but other endeavors (where) they need to have confidence instilled in them,” Frank  Scott said. “This accomplishment that Darrell made will reach them, it’s going to help a lot of people in a lot of ways.”

Frank Scott went on to thank Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing for giving Darrell the opportunity to drive their race cars.  He also said he hopes this will bring more black drivers to NASCAR, not only as participants but also as fans.

For the full interviews with Darrell Wallace Jr. and Frank Scott, head over to SiriusXM On Demand.

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