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Bubba Wallace wins NASCAR playoff race at Talladega, his first Cup Series victory

Alex Andrejev, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

Bubba Wallace won NASCAR’s playoff Cup race at Talladega to become the first Black driver in nearly 60 years to win a race at NASCAR’s top level. Wendell Scott last won a Cup race in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1963.

Monday’s superspeedway event was red-flagged for rain with around 70 laps remaining and Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota, in the lead.

The race was considered official after reaching the halfway point, and NASCAR called drivers to a stop when more rain hit the track following an earlier rain-related delay. Lightning in the area compounded the weather hold, and eventually the call was made to end the race early just before 4:30 p.m. ET. Wallace watched atop his team’s pit box, then hugged his teammates as 23XI crew members cheered from below upon receiving the news.

Wallace won his first race in the Cup Series in 143 starts and his first race with the Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin co-owned team, 23XI Racing, which is in its first year in the series.

 

Penske teammates Brad Keselowski finished in second and Joey Logano finished in third.

NASCAR Talladega race results

POSCARDRIVERDELTALAPSBEST TIME123Bubba Wallace—11749.92622Brad Keselowski (P)0.25811749.859322Joey Logano (P)0.47211749.99441Kurt Busch1.0911749.619520Christopher Bell (P)1.33711749.83617Chris Buescher1.78711750.116711Denny Hamlin (P)1.80411748.59184Kevin Harvick (P)2.57211750.03293Austin Dillon2.90811749.1811038Anthony Alfredo #2.92111749.6821143Erik Jones2.95511749.7481219Martin Truex Jr. (P)3.44911749.8861312Ryan Blaney (P)3.57811749.821414Chase Briscoe #3.61311749.8611541Cole Custer3.88711749.8431634Michael McDowell3.89711749.6391747Ricky Stenhouse Jr.4.43911748.577180Quin Houff4.97411749.543199Chase Elliott (P)5.4511749.8942016* Justin Haley(i)6.67211749.67216Ryan Newman7.11711749.509227Corey LaJoie7.41311749.4162399Daniel Suarez7.42111749.4052496* Landon Cassill(i)8.52211749.8612553Joey Gase(i)8.62211749.9992610Aric Almirola8.97311749.1262718Kyle Busch (P)9.09111749.9522851Cody Ware(i)10.04611749.5532915Garrett Smithley(i)11.10911750.1563078BJ McLeod(i)11.43811749.8883152Josh Bilicki11.95911749.9423237* Ryan Preece125.98911649.4473342Ross Chastain-111649.2143466* James Davison-111649.8583521Matt DiBenedetto-211549.333624William Byron (P)-211549.841375Kyle Larson (P)-411350.0453848Alex Bowman (P)-209749.887398Tyler Reddick-209749.0074077Justin Allgaier(i)-625549.858

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