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Rajah Caruth, 18, earned the first Late Model win of his career Saturday night (Oct 3)  at historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.

Caruth, a freshman at Winston-Salem State University drives Late Model stock cars for Rev Racing.rajah caruth hs

Caruth piloted his No. 6 Sunoco Toyota into Victory Lane for the first time in what has become a rapidly ascending racing career. His Rev Racing teammates Gracie Trotter — who last week became the first female winner in ARCA Racing history — and Isabella Robusto finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Growing up a NASCAR fan, Caruth developed into an excellent sim (simulated) racer on iRacing. He’s a product of the eNASCAR Ignite Series – a grassroots youth racing platform that identifies drivers without access to traditional race tracks around the world.

Caruth was selected for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program in 2019, the first driver from a majority iRacing background to be picked for the program. He was impressive enough to be chosen as part of the 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which led to him competing in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series this year.caruth wins

Saturday's win was celebrated widely on Twitter with recognition from both NASCAR and driver Bubba Wallace. Wallace is the only African American driver in Nascar's highest level of competition. He won a race in Greenville as well ten years ago.

Sunoco announced earlier this year it would expand its partnership with Rev Racing and become the full-time backer on Caruth’s car.

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