KBM driver will change numbers at Martinsville in tribute to 2015 NASCAR Hall inductee CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the year since his first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , Darrell Wallace Jr. says he has learned much about former driver Wendell Scott . When Wallace won the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway last October, he became the first African-American to win a race in one of NASCAR's three national series since Scott accomplished the feat nearly 50 years earlier. "I didn't know he lived only 30 minutes away (from the Martinsville track)," Wallace said of the Danville, Virginia, native. "I didn't know his family was there (that day)." Wallace will be one of two NASCAR drivers to honor the long-time racer when the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series return to the 0.526-mile track Oct. 24-26. Wallace's Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, pictured below, normally sporting the No. 54 on its sides and roof, will sport a blue No. 34 with red trim under which Scott competed. Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan 's No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford will feature a similar blue paint scheme reminiscent of that used by Scott. Both vehicles will carry NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee markings to promote Scott's upcoming induction. Wallace, who has since picked up NCWTS wins at Gateway and Eldora, said he had watched a documentary detailing Scott's NASCAR career before his Martinsville victory. "It was rough to watch, for sure," Wallace, 20, said during Tuesday's unveiling, which was held in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "It reminds me of watching "42" (The Jackie Robinson Story) a couple of weeks ago just to see what Jackie Robinson went through. It kind of makes you appreciate things more in life away from racing, just life itself. "To be able to carry the torch that Wendell (lit), for me to put our Toyota in Victory Lane last year and now to come back a year later with the iconic No. 34 that myself and David will run, it's going to be a good weekend." Scott earned one win, 20 top-five and 147 top-10 finishes in 495 career starts in NASCAR's premier series. Between 1964 and '69, he never finished lower than 12th in the points standings, and posted a career-best sixth in 1966. Scott will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 30, 2015, along with fellow inductees Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen , Joe Weatherly and Rex White. Anne B. France will be honored with the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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Garage renamed for late team owner; special salute coming on Lap 90 RELATED: In Memoriam: Junie Donlavey photo gallery RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond International Raceway and Circle Sport Racing will honor a homegrown NASCAR legend this weekend with a series of tributes to the late Junie Donlavey. Circle Sport, which will field the Joe Falk-owned Chevrolet this weekend for veteran David Stremme , announced Friday that the team will change its car number from 33 to the familiar No. 90 that Donlavey campaigned for all but a few of his 863 races in NASCAR's premier series as an owner from 1950 to 2002. Falk -- a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, about 100 miles southeast of Richmond -- tweeted that the deck lid of the car will feature the names of drivers who raced for Donlavey through the years. The deck lid has all driver names Junie helped make famous — Joefalk33 (@Joefalk33) September 4, 2014 Donlavey died in his hometown of Richmond on June 9 at the age that matched his longtime car number. The 0.75-mile track has also scheduled plenty of celebrations of Donlavey's life: • The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage has been renamed the Junie Donlavey Garage with a ceremonial arch placed over the main entrance. • Ken Schrader, who ran his first three seasons in NASCAR's top division for the veteran team owner, will drive a ceremonial pace lap in a former Donlavey car before Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC). • A special salute is planned on the 90th lap of Saturday night's race with a graphic on the track's video screen. The display will also feature a video tribute before driver introductions. Donlavey's only victory as a team owner in NASCAR's top series came with Jody Ridley behind the wheel at Dover International Speedway in 1981. David Pearson, Fred Lorenzen and Joe Weatherly were among the NASCAR Hall of Famers who once drove for Donlavey. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Two of his five career Sprint Cup wins at Thunder Valley came in 2009 Kyle Busch is the last driver to have completed a sweep of the Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway . He did so in 2009, leading 446 of a possible 1,003 laps en route to the sweep. Busch is not the only driver to sweep both Sprint Cup events at Thunder Valley. Others that have done so: Fred Lorenzen (1964), David Pearson (1968), Bobby Allison (1972), Cale Yarborough (1974, 1976, 1977), Richard Petty (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1981, 1982, 1983), Dale Earnhardt (1985, 1987), Rusty Wallace (2000) and Kurt Busch (2003).
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