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Bubba Wallace turns into second Black driver to win NASCAR Cup race

Bubba Wallace has grow to be solely the second Black driver in NASCAR historical past with a Cup Sequence victory, profitable the rain-shortened NASCAR Cup race at Talladega.

Wendell Scott, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Corridor of Fame class, was the primary Black driver to win a Cup race, on Dec. 1, 1963, at Jacksonville.

Wallace, driver of co-owner Michael Jordan’s No. 23 automotive, had the lead at Talladega with three laps to go in Stage 2 when the race was purple flagged due to rain.

The race already had handed the midway level by the second stoppage, which suggests the outcomes can be official if NASCAR couldn’t resume the occasion.

The primary red-flag stoppage lasted for simply over 18 minutes early within the second stage. The second stoppage got here with three laps remaining within the stage and Wallace, in his Toyota for 23XI Racing, led the sphere down pit highway for the automobiles to be parked. The race initially was scheduled for Sunday however was postponed a day due to rain.

NASCAR was up towards each rain and daylight at Talladega. NASCAR on Saturday referred to as the Xfinity Sequence race six laps from completion due to darkness and it doesn’t need the identical consequence for its premier Cup Sequence. Talladega marks the center race of the second spherical of the playoffs, with solely pole sitter Denny Hamlin locked into the subsequent spherical.

The Cup Sequence races this coming Sunday on The Roval, a hybrid highway course/oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the playoff discipline might be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight after that elimination occasion.

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