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October 27, 2013

Sports briefs: Oct. 27

RYBL sets meeting for Wednesday

RUSSIAVILLE — The Russiaville Youth Baseball League will conclude the reorganization of its board on Wedneday with a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Russiaville Lions Club. Those interested in serving on the board are asked to attend the meeting. They are also asked to send an email to president@rybl.org in advance of the meeting.

At that same meeting, the board will be accepting coaching applications for managers for the 2014 season. Those interested in coaching an 8-and-under, 10-and-under, or 12-and-under team are asked to send an application to president@rybl.org or attend the meeting. Applications are available at the website www.rybl.org. All applications must be submitted prior to Wednesday for consideration. Returning 2013 managers within the same age division do not need to submit an application.

Wallace Jr. sets NASCAR milestone

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels.

“This means everything,” the 20-year-old Wallace said. “This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott’s backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville, it’s always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it’s my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here.”

Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” Brian France, NASCAR’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Darrell’s success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson’s win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR’s future growth.”

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