Bubba Wallace scored a historic victory at the Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, winning the rain-short Yellowwood 500. Not only did he win his first NASCAR Cup Series, he also became the first black driver to win the competition after NASCAR Hall of Fame Ensrini Wendell Scott. Won in 1963.
Wallace’s first win since starting the Cup series in 201 was on mobile.
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With three laps remaining in the second round of Monday’s race, NASCAR went under red flag condition, which was postponed from its original start time on Sunday due to bad weather. Because there was no sign of the rain stopping, Wallace – who was in first place when the red flag was displayed – learned that he had won with his crew.
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At the moment, Wallace hears from NASCAR that he won the Dega:
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In racing circles and in the wider world of sports, the moment is certainly not lost on those who have witnessed history. Here are some of the best responses to Wallace’s victory:
Ryan Blaney explains how he has seen Bubba Wallace cope with ups and downs throughout his career, embracing him after the win and the significance of Wallace’s victory in Taladega: pic.twitter.com/GTPTbeOBli
– Bob Bobcross (ob Bobcross) October 4, 2021
So – Bubba Wallace got his first win and only the second black diver to ever win a NASCAR race.
And Michael Jordan got a win in his first year as owner … https://t.co/bkPZZQ8EFN
– Rex Chapman: October 4, 2021
Finally, it’s official, you did it! Congratulations Bubawalls. Proud of you and what you have achieved. Your win goes away AS NASCAR Needle forward on many fronts. Glad I am a witness. X 23XIRacing # Not yet
– Bill Lester (ill Bill_Lester) October 4, 2021
It’s raining a lot now AL Talladega
I don’t see how we’re going back.
I miss the shot for being so close to winning.
I thrilled Roval head with a nice point cushion.
I’m happy Bubawalls Get his first win
– Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) October 4, 2021