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It’s time for your close-up, Darrell Wallace Jr.

NASCAR fans tuning in to the Nationwide series race this weekend will see a new name on the television crawler.  Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to make his Nationwide début for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway.

No, this isn’t a relative of Rusty or Kenny Wallace, but his name lends credence to a mix-and-match of famous NASCAR names.  The Wallace name has entrenched itself in racing for years and Darrell is synonymous with three-time Cup champion, Darrell Waltrip.  Goes without saying who the most popular Jr. in all of sports is, especially in NASCAR.

Once the green flag waves, “Bubba” will look to make a name for himself.  He has already proven he can win in the NASCAR K&N East series.  He now wants to show everyone he can run towards the front with the Nationwide stars in a 250 mile race.

Wallace Jr. should have plenty of car underneath him.  The no. 20 Gibbs Racing Nationwide team are frequent visitors of victory lane.

For fans watching the race on Sunday who are not familiar with Wallace Jr., they may use a double-take.  Yes, Wallace Jr. is African-American.  An African-American driver in NASCAR is about as rare as Kurt Busch leading a public service announcement on the topic of good sportsmanship.

If Wallace Jr. has a good run in his first Nationwide start it shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Success and winning has already accompanied the 18-year-old young man with multiple wins in the K&N East series.  He has also finished top three in the standings the past two years.

Iowa Speedway will witness history as Darrell Wallace Jr. looks to further his journey through the ranks of NASCAR.

Get ready for the cameras Mr. Wallace Jr.  It’s your time to shine.

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