The rain poured the last two days on Talladega as NASCAR did their best to get a race together, but not for Bubba Wallace. After claiming his first win ever in the Cup Series, Wallace couldn’t be having a better day.
When talking about the win, the No.23 driver got emotional.
The interviewer for NASCAR NBC, said: “I want to know what emotions you were thinking of, tears immediately when you found out, what emotions were going through your mind as you were waiting for an official announcement from NASCAR?”
“Part of me is sitting there waiting, you know…it’s not over with. Just sit there, bide out time. If we go back racing that’s fine let’s put ourselves in position,” Wallace put simply. “But, we had so many cool fans behind us at the pit box just cheering for it to rain so it kinda, amped up the intensity a little bit.”
It took the sport a long time, but Wendell Scott is no longer alone in the history books. His name and Wallace’s will likely be intertwined forever. When asked about the importance of the win as the second Black driver to get a win in NASCAR’s top series, Wallace was very emotional.
“Yeah, I never think about those things and when you say it like that,” the driver said, his voice cracking. “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.”
Bubba Wallace Takes Talladega
While this is a big win for Wallace and his team, this also has bigger implications. The historical importance of this win is not lost on the driver. It shouldn’t be lost on any NASCAR fans either. The connection with Scott aside, winning at Talladega makes this win even better.
This is where drivers picture themselves crossing that checkered flag and taking wins. When it comes to NASCAR there is Daytona, Indy, and Talladega. For those unaware, Bubba was born in Mobile, a few hours south of the legendary racetrack. The win today, at that venue, makes it all the sweeter.
Bubba Wallace’s closing message was to those young folks watching. Those wanting to do what he does.
“Stay strong, stay humble, stay hungry. There’s been plenty of times when I’ve wanted to give up. You surround yourself with the right people, and it’s moments like this you appreciate.”
Those words are a wonderful summation of the work and dedication that Wallace has put into his career. He is still a young driver at 27 and this could be the beginning of big things for the 23XI driver. Don’t sleep on Bubba Wallace.