FORT WORTH, Tex. –It was a whirlwind week for Darrell Wallace Jr. after the 20-year-old collected his first career victory in Saturday’s Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
Wallace, the second African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top three touring series, spent his days away from the track doing media and entertainment appearances. One of the highlights was Skyping with Arsenio Hall on the television show “Arsenio.”
Wallace, however, wasn’t exactly star-struck. He wasn’t sure who Arsenio Hall is, until he saw the TV host on the other end of the video conversation. “I’m horrible with faces and names, and they’re like, ‘Arsenio Hall — that’s huge,'” Wallace said Friday at Texas. “I’m like, ‘Sure, whoever that is.’ Then the minute I saw him I was like, ‘Oh, OK, now I know who he is.’ That was pretty cool.
“(But) I’d say the coolest thing that happened was (supermodel) Tyra Banks followed me on Twitter.”