Bubba Wallace Biography

Meet Bubba Wallace, the Face of NASCAR D4D

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When Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr. (an African American) won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in October 2013, it signaled a new era in NASCAR -- one where the sport truly embraced and cultivated a sense of diversity within an industry not always known for tolerance.

That’s not to say that NASCAR was behind on its diversity program, but there wasn’t a defining character moment akin to Jackie Robinson or Roberto Clemente either.

Between the success of Kyle Larson and Wallace, the NASCAR Driver for Diversity program now has its figureheads and spokespersons. Those who hope to blaze a similar path also have the foundation to follow suit.

Name: Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr.

Born: October 3, 1993

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina via Mobile, Alabama  

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

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Hobbies: Music , Sim Racing, social media, photography, shooting hoops.

Previous Teams: Kyle Busch Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing

Sprint Cup Victories: Zero

Background:

Wallace is the son of a white father and African-American mother and was born in Mobile, Ala. but is a resident of Concord, North Carolina. The Wallaces have family in Theodore Alabama.

He grew up with a love for motorized vehicles and wanted to race them at an early age. By nine years old he was already competing across the Southeast in Bandolero cars and Legends following a successful karting career.

In 2006, his first Legends season, he posted phenomenal results, including 11 wins, 27 top-5s and 34-top-10s in 38 total starts. Remarkably, he began racing Late Model Stock Cars in the now defunct United Auto Racing Association, competing in the final five races of the 2008 season.

Having received his full-bodied stock car experience in a Late Model Stock Car, Wallace moved into the NASCAR ranks in 2010, graduating to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Joe Gibbs Racing and Revolution Racing.

Read More: Path to the Sprint Cup Series

In what has become a trend for Wallace, he set records, becoming the NASCAR Pro Series East’s youngest winner and the first African American to win when he did so at historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. In 2011, he finished second in the championship standings and in 2012 he finished seventh before announcing his intent to move to the NASCAR national touring ranks.

XFINITY and Trucks:

Wallace made his full-time Truck Series debut in 2013 and became just the fourth African American to compete in the tour for the full schedule, finishing 12th in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway – his first start at the legendary Florida superspeedway. Amongst his accomplishments, Wallace posted his first career pole at Dover International Speedway and scored his first career national touring victory at Martinsville.

He totaled five victories on the tour before moving full-time to the XFINITY Series with Roush Fenway Racing in 2015. 

Future:

Like everyone who comes up through the stock car ranks, Wallace has his sights set on competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

His strengths as a driver include an authentic personality who isn’t afraid to speak his mind when something goes wrong on the track or behind the scenes in person, in front of a camera or on social media.

He has a hard-charging driving style which sometimes makes him susceptible to accidents.

2015 SCHEDULES:

Sprint Cup Series | XFINITY Series | Trucks | K&N East/West | Modified Tour | Canada

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