Darrell Wallace Jr., right, winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck race, smiles as he listens to Wendell Scott Jr., left, during a news conference at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
by Hank Kurz Jr.
AP Sports Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. said he would win at Martinsville Speedway, and then he went out and did it.
He simply had no idea how big his victory was in Saturday’s NASCAR truck series race.
“And then the remark and everything starts flowing in after about the history and the record set and Wendell Scott and all of it just came rushing after, and I had no idea,” Wallace said Sunday of the stir his victory caused.
Darrell Wallace Jr. celebrates winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Wallace became just the second Black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level, and the first in a half-century. Scott won a race in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in the sport’s premier series.
While the significance may have initially been lost on Wallace, that changed as the driver who also goes by the nickname “Bubba” was asked to appear on numerous morning news programs, give radio interviews and as he saw his twitter feed fill with ‘#history,’ he said.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” he said. “I think the only time it hit me was when I took the checkered, and then after that it still hasn’t hit me. I guess tomorrow or whatever. It usually takes a couple days for a big win to settle in. … But it’s been great seeing all the outlets that I’m on and doing all this stuff.
“It’s for the better, and it’s trying to change the sport, and I’m all in for that.”
Scott’s victory also was cause for celebration in Scott’s family.