Bubba Wallace becomes 1st Black driver to win NASCAR Cup Series since 1963

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Wallace is the first black man to win a Cup Series since 1963, when NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Wendell Scott led the race.

“Talladega, we’re the winners,” Wallace said in a video posted on Twitter account At Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where the race took place. “Whether a perfect weekend, or day of the week, I should say. I knew something about it.”
Wallace was born in Alabama. And last year on the same track, he found a noose in his garage stall, prompting an FBI hate-crime investigation.
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Right after the race, Wallace thanked his team and owners, sporting legends Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, for the opportunity.

“It’s very fitting that it comes here in Talladega,” he said.

The FBI determined that Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime, as the noose had been in the garage since at least 2019. But Wallace later said during an interview with Granthshala’s Don Lemon that he was beside the point.

“It was a noose,” Wallace said. “Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So, it was not directed at me but someone tied the noose. That’s what I am saying.”

When asked on Monday what it meant to be the second black driver to win a Cup Series race, Wallace became emotional.

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“I never think about those things, and when you, when you call it that, honestly it brings a lot of emotion, a lot of joy to my family, fans, friends. It’s great.”

This was Wallace’s first year of driving for 23XI Racing. The win is also a first for Jordan as an owner.


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