Bubba Wallace Becomes Second Black Driver to Win a NASCAR Cup Race

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By winning for the first time on the NASCAR Cup Series in 143 starts on Monday, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace became the first Black driver to win at the top level of the elite stock car series since Wendell Scott in 1963.

Wallace took the lead in the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama five laps before the rain-shortened race, which had already been rescheduled, was called off with 104 of 188 laps complete.

“This is for all the kids out there that want to have an opportunity and whatever they want to achieve, and be the best at what they want to do,” Wallace said as he choked back tears. “You’re going to go through a lot of [BS]. You always got to stick true to your path and not let the nonsense get to you and stay strong, stay humble, stay hungry. There’s been plenty of times when I wanted to give up. But you surround yourself with the right people, and it’s moments like this you appreciate.”