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QUALIFYING: Gifford Gets First Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Ryan Gifford continued Revolution Racing's historic first-year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Tenn., earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award Saturday with a lap of 20.561 seconds (92.097 mph) in qualifying for Sunday's UNOH Performance 200 at Martinsville Speedway. It was the first series pole for Revolution Racing and the NASCAR-supported Drive for Diversity initiative, and Gifford became the first African-American pole winner in series history.

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PRACTICE: Gifford Tops Field

Official Release

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. -- Ryan Gifford made a late run to the top of the practice charts at South Boston Speedway. Gifford's lap of 16.082 seconds in the second half of the final practice was the fastest around the .400-mile oval.

Gifford's speed of 89.541 beat out defending race winner Brett Moffitt's lap of 16.090 (89.497) in the second session.

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Wallace Makes Historic Debut

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Darrell Wallace Jr. made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East a memorable one.

Wallace pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered finish to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway to take the victory on Saturday night. He is the youngest driver and first African-American to win in series history. He gave Drive for Diversity its first East victory and third overall in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

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Drive For Diversity Introduces 2010 Driver Lineup

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Having just completed perhaps the program’s most exciting preseason to date, the 11-member 2010 Drive for Diversity Class was introduced Tuesday night at the Daytona 500 Experience’s IMAX Theater. This latest group of young, talented and diverse NASCAR drivers was announced for the first time during Speedweeks.

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PROFILE: Darrell Wallace Jr.

Official Release

Birth date: October 8, 1993
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Residence: Concord, N.C.

Darrell Wallace Jr., 16, still has a few months to wait before he can get his North Carolina driver’s license, but that doesn’t keep him from finding his way around the race track. Wallace, who lives in Concord, N.C., started racing when he was 9 years-old and has found plenty of success along the way.

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PROFILE: Sergio Pena

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Birth date: February 13, 1993
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
Residence: Mooresville, N.C.

Sergio Pena, 16, is ready to take on the challenge of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Last season, Pena made a move towards NASCAR, making his debut in late models at Shenandoah (Va.) Speedway. Now Pena is driving in the K&N Pro Series East for Revolution Racing.

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PROFILE: Ryan Gifford

Official Release

Birth date: March 10, 1989
Hometown: Winchester, Tenn.
Residence: Lexington, N.C.

At 20 years-old, Ryan Gifford is ready to move his racing career to the next level. He started racing go-karts when he was 8 and hasn’t looked back.

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PROFILE: Mackena Bell

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Birth date: June 9, 1990
Hometown: Carson City, Nev.
Residence: Huntersville, N.C.

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D4D Class Unveiled Tuesday Along With 'Changing Lanes' Sneak Peak

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2010 Drive for Diversity class – which will drive in the NASCAR developmental series for Revolution Racing – will be introduced Tuesday at the IMAX Theater at the Daytona 500 Experience. The presentation will include an exclusive sneak peaek of the forthcoming television show, Changing Lanes, which focuses on this year’s class and will air on BET Network.

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Henderson Excels Out Of The Gate

By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR

A 17-year-old from the Buckeye State is among 29 drivers vying this weekend for 10 Drive for Diversity racing seats available for 2010.

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