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Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason.That Wallace can energize Petty may symbolize as much a true passing of the torch as NASCAR could want: Petty and his deep kinship with old-school fans and the 24-year-old Wallace, a video game playing, social media darling about to make history as the first black driver since 1969 in the Daytona 500 .Wallace, the son of a white father and black mother, has openly talked of becoming the Tiger Woods of NASCAR -- a black star who can transcend the sport and prove people of all colors can race and flourish in corporate America.Wallace is one of at least eight black drivers in NASCAR's 70-year history who reached the Cup level: Elias Bowie, Charlie Scott, George Wiltshire, Randy Bethea, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester. Wendell Scott, who made the last start for a black driver in the Daytona 500, is the only one to win a Cup race, on Dec. 1, 1963 . The next win at a NASCAR national event by a black driver came in 2013 when Wallace took the Truck Series checkered flag at Martinsville.Wallace interrupted the boss who won 200 NASCAR races.
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