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Darrell Wallace Jr. sets a NASCAR milestone

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 11:32 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 12:01 p.m. CDT
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Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2013 in Martinsville, Va.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. has won a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR’s national level.

Wallace captured a Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, beating Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1964 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels.

Wallace picks up the victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He was never below sixth place and led a race-high 96 laps but needed to survive a final restart. Wallace chose the inside line for the reset and quickly pulled away from Burton.

Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by Burton. Championship leader Matt Crafton finished 17th and leads James Buescher by 51 points with three races remaining.