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By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Darrell Wallace Jr. has already crossed off a number of boxes on the checklist for a future NASCAR star. Wallace has even earned a seat for Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa, even though he won't turn 19 until October.
In a sport that's been almost exclusively dominated by white male drivers, it's impossible to overlook Wallace. He's one of the most promising black drivers to come along in decades and arguably the best talent to come through NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, which was started eight years ago to give women and minorities a better chance to land a NASCAR seat.
Wallace will be the first African-American driver to run a Nationwide race since Marc Davis started in Nashville in 2011.

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