Darrell Wallace Jr.

No.  43 Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports

Darrell Wallace Jr. got the bug for racing at age nine and has experienced great success along the way in go-karts, bandoleros, legends cars and late models.  In 2010, Darrell was selected as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and got his start in stock car racing at the regional touring level. At his first career start at Greenville Pickens Speedway at age 16, Darrell became the youngest and first African American to win a race in NASCAR K&N series history and in track history. He went on to earn 2010 NASCAR K&N Series East Rookie of the Year honors. By collecting several East Series victories, Darrell finished third and second, respectively, in East Series points over two years. Along the way, Darrell has garnered accolades and media attention, including being listed as one of five young drivers to watch in ESPN the Magazine’s special NEXT issue.  Now a Drive for Diversity program alum, Darrell is charting his own course up the ranks of NASCAR as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, who signed Darrell in 2009. With the support of one of the elite teams, and their manufacturer partner Toyota, Darrell is positioned to break even more barriers in the sport.  Darrell impressed all with four top-12 finishes and one pole in four  NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2012. In 2013, Darrell scored an historic win at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the first African American driver to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years. In 2014, Darrell kept his winning ways with four more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories for Kyle Busch Motorsports in finishing third in the driver standings.  After further crafting his skills in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing, Darrell got his big break as a substitute driver in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017 for Richard Petty Motorsports, which led to his signing as the full-time driver of the legendary No. 43 car for the 2018 Cup Season. It looks like Darrell is here to stay in the world of stock car racing.

Career Highlights

  • First African American to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years
  • Five NASCAR Camping World Truck series wins
  • Four top-10 finishes in 6 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2012
  • One NASCAR Nationwide Series Pole (in 4th career start)
  • Three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Poles
  • 14 NASCAR Camping Truck Series top five finishes
  • Named one of 25 and under drivers to watch in 2012 by FoxSports
  • Six wins, three poles in first 24 NASCAR K&N Series races
  • One of 5 young drivers to watch in ESPN Magazine’s special NEXT issue
  • Member of NASCAR’s “Next 9” class in 2011 and 2012
  • Appeared in BET TV show “Changing Lanes” in 2010
  • Rookie of the Year in 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • Won his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010
  • Youngest winner, and first African American, to win in K&N Series history
  • Member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program 2010-11
  • Signed as Joe Gibbs Racing development driver in 2009
  • Three wins and 11 top fives in 23 Late Model races in 2009
  • Registered 11 wins and 34 top 10s in 38 Legends starts in 2006
  • Won 35 of 48 Bandoleros races entered in 2005

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Personal

Birthdate is Oct. 8, 1993…hometown is Mobile, Ala…resides in Concord N.C…goes by the nickname Bubba…enjoys photography, making videos, playing basketball and paintball…also spends his free time honing his skills on iRacing, an online racing simulator…started racing at age 9.

I will tell you Darrell Wallace is a young African American driver that’s winning. He’s doing that now. We’re going to have a breakthrough in that area. It’s going to be on my watch, and I’ll be very proud of that when that occurs.” — Brian France, CEO of NASCAR

He has the “it” factor. He’s a well-spoken, good-looking young man who got an opportunity from Gibbs to prove his talent and has done so in lower series. Now he has gone and made some noise in the Nationwide Series … If Wallace were to win races at the national-series level, the impact on the industry would be incalculable, in my opinion. — Marty Smith, ESPN Insider

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News Features

ESPN.com (02/17/2015) – Bubba Wallace has a plan
Sporting News (12/17/2014) – Wallace signs with Roush Fenway Racing
USA Today (09/24/2014) – 12 Questions with Darrell Wallace Jr.
NASCAR.COM (07/23/14)- Darrell Wallace Jr. wins on Eldora dirt
Rolling Stone (05/23/2014) – Wallace remembers ‘NASCAR’s Robinson’
Black Enterprise (11/04/2013) – Add Victory to Brand’s Winning Smile
NY Times (10/27/2013) – This Time, a NASCAR Breakthrough
USA Today (10/26/2013) – Wallace Makes NASCAR History with Victory
LA Times (04/09/2013) – Making NASCAR and fans take notice
ESPN.com (05/31/2012) – Finding his way
NASCAR.com (05/24/2012) – ‘He could become iconic’
NY Times (05/19/2012) – Driver’s seat elusive for black racers
USA Today (05/16/2012) – NASCAR’s ‘breakthrough’ driver
Orlando Sentinel (02/20/2012) – Young driver aims to make NASCAR history
ESPN The Magazine (12/11/2011) – More up-and-coming NEXT athletes
USA Today (11/01/2011) – Wallace Jr.m 18, set for opportunity with Gibbs
USA Today (03/29/2010) – Barriers fall as Darrell Wallace wins

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