NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has been named to Ebony magazine’s Power 100.
Wallace joins a number of luminaries from the black community who were recognized for their achievements in disciplines such as sports, entertainment, arts, politics, education, community activist, media and medicine.
Here is how the magazine described Wallace’s placement upon the list:
“He’s been called the ‘Great Black Hope’ of NASCAR, and at just 22 years old, Bubba Wallace’s track record supports the hype. In 2010, the Mobile, Ala., native won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (championship), becoming the first African-American and youngest driver ever to do so at the Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.
“Three years later, Wallace became the first Black driver to win one of NASCAR’s top three touring divisions since 1963. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.”
Among others also on the list: singers Prince and John Legend, actress Viola Davis, talk show host Larry Wilmore, NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her children Jaden and Willow Smith (father is actor Will Smith), NFL player Troy Vincent, NBA star Russell Westbrook, singers Janet Jackson and Drake, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and talk show host Wendy Williams.
Wallace finished seventh in the Xfinity points standings in the 2015 season. He also has five victories in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.