Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sports

Wallace makes history, second black driver to win major NASCAR race

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — It was a historic day for NASCAR in Victory Lane on Saturday.

With drivers bumping and wrecking behind him, Darrell Wallace stayed out front in the Kroger 200 truck series race at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the first African-American to win a race in one of NASCAR's three national series — Sprint Cup, Nationwide and trucks — since Wendell Scott in 1963.

Wallace, 20, stayed out front on a restart with six of 200 laps remaining and held on.

The location of the win, about 30 miles west of Scott's hometown of Danville, Va., was not lost on Wallace.

"This is an emotional one for me, especially to do it in Wendell Scott's back yard," said Wallace, a graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. "I love to come in here to Martinsville.

"It's always good to me, and it finally paid off."

Scott, who died in 1990, earned his lone victory in NASCAR's top series at the old Speedway Park in Jacksonville on Dec. 1, 1963. Scott received the winner's check of $1,000, but the trophy was mysteriously misplaced after a two-hour scoring dispute. The family received a replica trophy in 2010, 47 years later.

For Wallace, congratulations poured in on social media. Veteran Mark Martin posted on Twitter: "You drove like a hero."

When told of the comment, Wallace got tears in his eyes.

"I look up to Mark a lot," Wallace said. "That's cool to have the bigger guys watching down on the younger series and one day, hopefully, I'll be racing with them."

The race had its share of chaos. On Lap 188, Ty Dillon tried to nudge Kevin Harvick, who was running second, out of the way. Instead, Dillon turned Harvick's truck, in an incident that collected points leader Matt Crafton. Once the caution came out, Harvick slammed into Dillon's truck, then Dillon spent nearly a lap trying to hit Harvick again.

Harvick eventually parked in Dillon's pit stall and a member of Dillon's crew threw a sledgehammer at Harvick's truck.

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel earned the pole for today's Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi with a lap of 1 minute, 24.119 seconds. He only needs to finish fifth or better to clinch his fourth consecutive championship.

NHRA: John Force, seeking his 16th Funny Car title, earned the No. 1 qualifying spot at the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas with a run of 4.011 seconds at 317.79 mph. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also led their classes.

Comments
Lightning wait goes on: Leafs top Bruins to force Game 7

Lightning wait goes on: Leafs top Bruins to force Game 7

TORONTO — Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 3-1 to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series Monday night.William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec, into an empty net, scored for the Leafs, who tr...
Updated: 2 minutes ago
The key to the Lightning’s success

The key to the Lightning’s success

This is quite the run the Lightning is on over the past five years.A playoff appearance in 2014. A trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2015. A return to the Eastern Conference final in 2016. A near-miss of the postseason last season. And now back in the...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseballTwins at Yankees6:30 p.m.MLB; 1040-AMRays at Orioles7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege baseballCoastal Carolina at North Carolina6 p.m.ESPNUMississippi at Mississippi State7 p.m.SECCreighton at Nebraska7:30 p.m.Big ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 8 hours ago
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

Brooke Blankenship, Academy at the LakesAcademy at the Lakes knew it would be difficult to manufacture runs during last week's anticipated matchup with Land O'Lakes and Gators ace Callie Turner.So the Wildcats decided to steal a run.This wasn't any h...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin's ability to play football without a left hand has made him the talk of the NFL draft. But the former Lakewood High and UCF star is determined to silence such talk with his play."It gets tiring," Griffin said today...
Published: 04/23/18
HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Sunlake (22-1)Up next: Wednesday vs. Clearwater-Northeast winner (7A-10 semifinals)The buzz: The Seahawks beat Anclote, Gulf and Zephyrhills last week to extend their win streak to 16, currently the longest in the area. Sunlake has been dominant, ...
Published: 04/23/18
Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Late-round NFL draft picks are often made on a wing and a prayer.The Bucs' fourth-round pick Saturday will be no different. The team announced Monday that as part of the NFL draft TV broadcast, the team's fourth-round pick will be delivered to an ann...
Published: 04/23/18