Monday, October 25, 2021

Bubba Wallace takes first win, becomes second black driver to win at NASCAR’s top Cup Series level

Talladega, Ala. – Bubba Wallace became the second black driver to win at NASCAR’s top Cup Series level when rain halted Monday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Wallace had gone through a crash and into the front of the field five laps before the second rain stop of the race. NASCAR tried to dry the track for about 45 minutes, but with sunset and rain showing no signs of stopping, the race was called off.

Wallace waited above his pit stand for NASCAR to make the decision and when the race called off, the festivities with his crew erupted. Wallace is in his first season driving for 23X1 Racing, a team owned by both Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

He is the first black driver since Wendell Scott in 1963 to win at NASCAR’s elite cup level—a race in which he was not declared the winner for several months. NASCAR finally presented its trophy from that race to Scott’s family two months ago.

Wallace cried after returning to his parked Number 23 Toyota. The car number was chosen for co-owner Jordan, who wore 23 in the NBA.

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