Alabama Native Makes History While Earning Second NASCAR Win
Bubba Wallace found his way to victory lane on Sunday for the second time in his NASCAR Cup Series racing career. The Mobile, Ala. native out-dueled his boss Denny Hamlin at Kansas Speedway, taking home a victory in the first-round of the Cup Series playoffs.
Although Wallace is not featured in this year's driver playoffs, he did take over the No. 45 Toyota Camry for 23XI racing last week, with Kurt Busch out indefinitely due to a concussion. Wallace climbed into the No. 45 car, which was already in the owner points playoffs, thanks to a win at Kansas by Busch earlier in the season.
Wallace's win did advance the car in the owner playoffs due to this metric, which counts as a playoff win.
Wallace's first win in the Cup Series came at the home track of Talladega last October in rain-shortened fashion. Wallace can finally say that he won a full race, while also being able to add a few more checkmarks to his bucket list.
Wallace becomes the first African-American driver in the sport to reach two wins, a feat many could have only dreamed of just a few years ago. The success of Wallace at 23XI and through the ranks of NASCAR has inspired future generations of diverse drivers to excel in NASCAR.
Up-and-coming development drivers such as Rajah Caruth and Jesse Iwuji join Wallace in their pursuit of a Daytona 500 win and eventually a NASCAR Cup Series championship. Over the weekend, both Caruth and Iwuji competed in the Xfinity Series race at Kansas, showcasing that the sport can be a place for all to drive and find success.
Catch Wallace, Caruth, and Iwuji at Alabama's own Talladega Superspeedway in a couple of weeks. The reigning YellaWood 500 winner will look to repeat his 2021 victory on the high banks in East Alabama, as a packed crowd cheers him through.
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