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Wallace Jr. has fan, friend in NHRA champ

Brown to Wallace Jr.: "Keep doing what he's doing"
Brown to Wallace Jr.: "Keep doing what he's doing"
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Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Darrell Wallace Jr. has a fan and friend in 2012 NHRA Top Fuel dragster champ Antron Brown. Brown, the first African-American to win a championship in a major U.S. auto racing series, was asked during a recent NHRA teleconference what advice he had for the young driver, who became the second African-American driver to win a top-tier NASCAR race with his win in Martinsville last October.

“My advice would be to Darrell to keep doing what he's doing,” said Brown. “I'm actually really good friends with Darrell. He has a really good demeanor where he's definitely got an open mind and is eager to learn and his determination. My deal is for him not to ever lose that. To never get to a point where you think you are the best. Even if you won that championship or you won a race, to never let that stuff sidetrack you, but to always keep focused, keep working and keep building.”

“That's why you look at people like Jimmie Johnson,” continued Brown. “A lot of people look at him and how many championships he's won. Jimmie's won championships, but as soon as that day is over and he's got that championship check and trophy, that joker is back in the gym, he's training. He's still honing his skills to be better. That's one thing that I would tell Darrell. He's got the talent, he's got the drive, but to never stop working. To always constantly improve himself. When you do that, you stay on top of the curve and you stay at the top of your game.”

The Camping World Truck Series gets back on track at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, March 29th. Joining Wallace Jr. in the race is Erik Jones, who is splitting the season in the No. 51 with team owner Kyle Busch. Keep up with the action at

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