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Darrell Wallace Is First Black Driver To Win NASCAR Race In 50 years

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Darrell Wallace, Jr., became just the second African-American driver to win a major NASCAR event today when he won at the Camping World Truck Race in Martinsville, Virginia. The last black driver to win a NASCAR race was Wendell Scott, in 1963. Mazel tov, Bubba!

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Bubba Wallace's victory can actually be seen as a victory for NASCAR as a whole, which has made a big push in its diversity efforts. Bubba himself seemed to be aware of the significance of what he was doing when he gave an interview to USA Today back in September:

"(Young African-Americans) want to see who they can be like," Wallace said. "They look at NASCAR, (and) is there anybody there? No. Now it's my job to perform well on track and off track for kids of color … and for people to say, 'There's someone we can look up to now.' "

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At the same time, it looks like Bubba's just happy that he finally won a race. Just look at his face:

Congrats again, Bubba!

Photo via Getty

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Congrats Darrell! It was a wonderful race to watch and while his race and skin color will (rightfully so) be front and center of this story, his driving and skill are what really brought him to this point in his career.

When you're behind the wheel, wearing a helmet, no one can tell the difference between you and the next driver. Racing is colorblind and always will be, hopefully we see more racers of different ethnicity and race in the coming future!