Talladega is the most wild and untamable track. The famed track is again breaking history, as Nascar’s Only African American Driver is finally a Winner of the Nascar Cup series. The young driver of the 23 car has had a long time of waiting for his first time in the Win column. It’s been even longer for fans to see an African American Driver in victory lane. It’s been 21,128 days to be exact. On Dec 1 1963, Wendell Scott became the first African American driver to win in the highest level of stock car racing. That section of history now holds two names now that Bubba Wallace is on that list.
Bubba Wallace spent his first three years with Petty Motorsports and joined the new 23XI team. This is the first year of the team and Michael Jordan, the Hall of fame basketball player, is owner. Jordan was quoted with saying that he wants to win a race in his first year. 23XI is the only new team of the 2021 season to win a race in their first full time season.
With Wallace winning the Talladega race he becomes the first Black driver to win a race in the premier Nascar series in over 65 years.
Wallace had a wild run to the day in his time to get to the lead. Wallace started in the 19th position, he ran strong all day and generally strong at Super Speedways. Bubbas start to the lead began on lap 100 when he and multiple different drivers stayed out to gain some laps on other drivers. He was running in the lead when Ryan Preece (4th) spun and took out William Byron and Matt DiBeneditto. The red flag was displayed for rain and the rest was history.
This is a great thing for 23XI as they will be going to a two-car season adding Kurt Busch, he will be running the 45 car in 2022.