Bubba Wallace Makes History at Talladega
But he definitely had His Airness hizzownself and Team 23XI co-owner Denny Hamlin beaming with pride as he secured his first-ever Nascar Cup Series victory that was special for more than just personal reasons.
- Wallace became the first Black driver since Wendell Scott in 1963 to earn a Cup Series victory;
- 23XI became the first majority Black-owned racing team to earn a Cup Series victory;
- It happened at Talladega where, somehow, Wallace was assigned a garage containing a noose that had been there for a long while; and
- Nascar drivers and crews showed strong support for Wallace in the aftermath of that discovery.
It can be argued dude's a bigger spokesman now.
Rain forced the Sunday race to be postponed and rescheduled for Monday, and even then, the weather wasn't much better. More wetness was always on the cards, one stoppage had already happened, and after 117 of the intended 188 laps, the skies well and truly opened.
That pretty much did it for the day's activities.
At least half a race must occur before it's declared official, so when it became obvious that no more racing could safely take place, it went into the books and Wallace had his victory.
And that brought the entire story arc to a fitting end: