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HBCU Student Breaking Barriers in NASCAR: Rahjah Caruth Records Historic Victory

Winston-Salem State University Senior Rajah Caruth is making waves in the NASCAR world, securing his place in history as the third African-American to claim victory in a NASCAR premier series. Caruth achieved this milestone at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clinching his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win.

In 2023, Caruth raced full-time for GMS Racing and Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, finishing 16th in the final standings with four top-10 finishes. The Atlanta and Washington D.C. native also made his mark in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Alpha Prime Racing and debuted with Hendrick Motorsports at the Phoenix Raceway season finale, showcasing his versatility and talent on various tracks.

Caruth follows in the footsteps of trailblazers like Willy T. Ribbs, the legendary figure who broke racial barriers across Trans-Am, NASCAR, and IndyCar series. Ribbs, the first African-American to test a Formula One car and compete in the prestigious Indianapolis 500, remains an icon in motorsports.

Beyond the track, Caruth's journey is highlighted in the documentary "Outside Line," a 17-minute film that screened extensively across the United States in 2023. The documentary, portraying Caruth's challenges and triumphs, was honored with the 2022 National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter 65th EMMY AWARD in the Sports Story - Long Form Content category.

Winston-Salem State University, known for producing notable alumni, adds Caruth to its prestigious list, joining the ranks of accomplished individuals like NBA star Earl Monroe, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, and trailblazing politicians such as Carla Cunningham. Caruth's achievement not only solidifies his place in NASCAR history but also contributes to the legacy of Winston-Salem State University's outstanding graduates.

As Caruth continues to break barriers and redefine expectations in the NASCAR world, his victory serves as an inspiration for aspiring racers and a testament to the university's commitment to excellence across various fields.


Makes sense that some at Winston-Salem would be apart of NASCAR. Congrats!

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