Over the last couple of days, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has received tons of congratulation messages following his historic win at Talladega on Monday. Today, Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik added her own congrats to the chorus of cheers for Wallace’s performance.
Wallace took home the checkered flag at the YellaWood 500 in Talladega, Alabama yesterday. Rainy weather forced NASCAR officials to shorten the race, which gave Wallace and Team 23XI their first victory. NBA legend Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin own the new team, which just hit the NASCAR circuit this season.
Following multiple Top 10 finishes, Team 23XI finally broke through this week at Talladega. In fact, Bubba Wallace’s victory made history yesterday when he crossed the finish line. The 27-year-old became the first Black race car driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series event since 1963 when Wendell Scott won. Wallace brought the almost 60-year drought to an end, and many took notice, including Jeopardy!‘s newest host.
Bialik shared a CNN article on Twitter that covered Bubba Wallace’s historic Talladega win. She noted how long it’s been since a Black driver won a NASCAR race. She also emphasized how important the moment is by calling it a “very very very big deal” in her tweet.
“This hasn’t happened since 1963 ….. it’s a very very very big deal. Congratulations @BubbaWallace,” Bialik wrote on Twitter alongside a checkered flag emoji, a race car emoji, and a fire emoji.
Bubba Wallace Opens up About Historic Victory in Post-Race Interview
Following yesterday’s YellaWood 500, Bubba Wallace shared a one-word message on Twitter. He simply wrote “Dub” in his tweet referencing the W in win. Yet he wasn’t the only one to make history when he visited victory lane after Monday’s race.
While everyone knows about Michael Jordan’s epic NBA career and six championships, he made further history in NASCAR yesterday. He became the first Black NASCAR owner in Cup Series history to have his team finish in first place. Many questioned he and Denny Hamlin’s decision to hire Bubba Wallace as Team 23XI’s first driver. But after a series of solid results in recent months, their confidence in Wallace has paid off.
Bubba addressed the historic context of the win in a post-race interview. He acknowledged how important it is, but also said he’s “just proud” to join the long list of Cup Series winners.
“I never think about those things,” Bubba Wallace said about being the first Black racer to win a Cup Series race in 58 years. “When you say it like that, it obviously brings a lot of emotion, a lot of joy to my family, fans, friends. It’s pretty damn cool. So, just proud to be a winner in the Cup Series.”