Teen making history as 4th black driver in NASCAR

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He can win. But can he lead? The next generation of black golfers never followed Woods for much of the same reasons it’s hard to crack NASCAR. The sport is expensive and opportunities are few. And, it’s unfair to place the burden of a revolution on one athlete.

But it’s time for a change.

“It’s not about the color of your skin or your gender, it’s about your abilities,” four-time Cup champ Jeff Gordon said after Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole.

For now, at least he has the name for a NASCAR star. Darrell, Wallace, Junior. That’s a tripleheader of iconic NASCAR names that have deep roots in the sport. His team came up with a slogan: “Darrell not Waltrip. Wallace not Rusty. Junior not Dale.”

Funny stuff for an easygoing teen who just wants to race while the hype of his achievement swirls around him.

“If you think about it much, you’ll end up messing up,” he said.

He thought about it for a second, then added:

“I won’t mess up.”

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