Sports world reacts to Bubba Wallace’s first NASCAR Cup Series win at Talladega

Sports world reacts to Bubba Wallace’s first NASCAR Cup Series win at Talladega

Bubba Wallace secured a historic victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, winning the rain-shortened YellaWood 500. He not only earned his first NASCAR Cup Series win, he also became the first Black driver to win a race since NASCAR Hall of Fame enshrinee Wendell Scott won in 1963.

The momentous occasion — which occurred on the Mobile, Ala., native’s home track — was Wallace’s first win since he began racing in the Cup Series in 2017. It was also the first win for 23XI Racing owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

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NASCAR went under red flag conditions with three laps remaining in the second stage of Monday’s race, which was postponed from its original start time Sunday due to inclement weather. Because the rain showed no sign of stopping, Wallace — who was in first place at the time the red flag was displayed — found out he won while sitting with his crew.

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Here’s the moment Wallace heard word from NASCAR that he had won at ‘Dega:

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The moment certainly wasn’t lost on those who witnessed history made, both in racing circles and the sporting world at large. Here are some of the best reactions to Wallace’s win:

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