NASCAR Truck Series driver Rajah Caruth (71) celebrates his victory of the Victorias Voice Foundation 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Truck Series driver Rajah Caruth has lots to celebrate. Not only did he win his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, he became the first Black driver to do so.

His win came just days after the end of Black History Month, which was in February. The young driver has received much love and praise from other drivers and celebrities.

He seemed to be surprised by some of the attention he was getting when asked about it Monday.

One celebrity who contacted him immediately is singer Kelly Rowland. Rowland wrote in a post then tagged Caruth, saying “I am happy for you!

Caruth noted he connected with Rowland over a year ago.

“Yeah, Auntie Kelly, man, she’s very cool,” Caruth said. “We got connected over a year ago at the Clash. And now we have a more personal connection. So it’s been great to have her support in a lot of different ways.”

“I’ve had so much support and so I really appreciate it,” Caruth added.

Rowland wasn’t the other celebrity to share her congratulations. Several members of the racing community also showed Caruth some love including Bubba Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Larson.

Caruth and Wallace are the only two African-American drivers to win NASCAR races in the past few years during a time when the sport has been seeking to attract more people of color to the sport.


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