Bubba Wallace Becomes Second Black Driver to Win a NASCAR Cup Race with Victory at Talladega

Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney

Bubba Wallace, second from left, is congratulated by Ryan Blaney, left, after Wallace was pronounced the winner while on pit row during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup series auto race Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Bubba Wallace has become the second Black driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. He was declared the winner when rain stopped the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday.

It is the same track where the FBI investigated a noose found in Wallace’s garage stall last year. The FBI found that the rope tie had been up for months and Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime.

He is the first Black driver to win at NASCAR’s elite Cup level since Wendell Scott in 1963. Wallace drives for a team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

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