Report: Darrell Wallace Jr. back with Kyle Busch’s Truck team in 2014

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Darrell Wallace Jr., who became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race in almost 50 years this past October at Martinsville Speedway, is set to return to the Camping World Truck Series is 2014.

Fox Sports’ Ray Dunlap said via Twitter this morning that Wallace will once again drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 54 team in the CWTS next year:

Additionally, Dunlap tweeted that Rick Ren will not be retained as KBM general manager due to the team’s consolidation.

Team owner and Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch said during this year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami that he was going to end his squad’s efforts in the Nationwide Series due to a lack of funding; Parker Kligerman, who drove full-time for KBM’s No. 77 Nationwide team, has since moved up to the Cup level with an expanded, two-car team at Swan Racing.

As for Wallace, he’ll look to build upon a solid rookie season in the Trucks. 19-year-old “Bubba” finished eighth in points this year with the aforementioned win at Martinsville plus five Top-5 and 12 Top-10 finishes to his credit.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).