Bubba Wallace made history by becoming the first Black driver to win a key NASCAR Cup race since 1963 in Monday’s YellaWood 500 playoff race at the Talladega Superspeedway.
The 27-year-old driver was crowned the winner after 117 laps, according to Skysports. The race, which was originally scheduled to be 188 laps long, was called off due to rain. Wallace said of his unprecedented achievement, “I never think about those things.”
“However, when you phrase it that way, it clearly evokes a lot of emotion and joy in my family, fans, and friends.” It’s quite awesome. “I’m just happy to have won the Cup Series,” he continued.
On lap 113, Wallace passed his rivals and moved into first place. And he kept his lead until the race was called off due to severe weather conditions and approaching darkness on the circuit. Wallace also raced in a car co-owned by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and fellow racer Denny Hamlin.
Wallace stated of his team, “Part of me is sitting there waiting.” “It isn’t over yet. It’s fine if we go back to racing. But, yeah, so proud of everyone at 23XI (Racing).” “But we had so many fantastic supporters behind us in the pitbox just cheering for us, so that kind of amplified the excitement a little bit.”
“I know a lot of history was made today, which is fantastic, but it’s about my people, our team, and what we’ve accomplished,” he continued.
“I admire Michael Jordan for believing in me and giving me a chance, and I appreciate Denny for believing in me and giving me a chance.” It’s only fitting, as we discussed, that it arrives in Talladega.
“This is for all the youngsters out there who want to have a chance to succeed in anything they want to do and be the greatest at it.” You must constantly be faithful to your goal and not be swayed by nonsense; you must remain strong, humble, and hungry.
“There were many times when I wanted to give up. You’re surrounded by the proper people, and it’s times like these that you enjoy.”
Wendell Scott was the last Black driver to win a race at NASCAR’s highest level before Wallace’s triumph on Monday. Scott’s historic achievement in 1963, however, went unnoticed because he never received the trophy for his victory. Even after the race, he hasn’t crowned the victor right away. According to Face2Face Africa, NASCAR just gave Scott’s family a trophy for his historic triumph.
Following the killing of Gorge Floyd last summer, Wallace was successful in convincing NASCAR to prohibit Confederate flags from all of its events and venues. A noose was discovered in Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega a week after the ban was imposed — the same racing track where he had just made history.