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NASCAR: Bubba Wallace Earns First Cup Series Win as Weather Plagues Talladega

by Jonathan Howard
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Things have been wild down at Talladega Super Speedway. Bubba Wallace has taken his first Cup Series win amid the weather. While this race only featured two of three stages due to poor weather, Wallace earned the win in a strong fashion.

After just a short time off the track due to a rain delay in the second stage, things got back underway. Playoffs contender Alex Bowman wrecked and took a couple of other contenders out with his No.48 car. Just as the field was about to finish the last few laps of the race, the rain delay came in. That didn’t cast a cloud on Wallace’s day, though.

Despite the wrecks and the issues on the track, Bubba Wallace kept his composure. By the time the race was shut down due to rain with a red flag, Wallace ended up in first place. They waited for just about an hour until declaring him the winner of the race.

Not how everyone dreams of winning Talladega, but Wallace got it done.

Rain Causes Big Problems for Talladega as Bubba Wallace Wins

Yesterday, the race was postponed due to the weather. However, things down in Alabama have not cleared up completely. The race was able to get through the first stage earlier today without issue. In that stage, Chris Buescher took the win. He is not in the Cup Series Playoffs field of 12.

During the second and final stage today, there was a bit of drizzle as the field raced around the track. For Kyle Larson, a favorite to win the Playoffs, his day was ended early in the second stage due to damage to his car.

Bubba Wallace positioned himself well, and there was a pit stop made due to rain on turns 1 and 2. He held onto his position for the next few laps. Racing to win is always the goal, and that’s what the No.23 car did today.

Wallace Gets First Win Four Years after Cup Series Debut

For Bubba Wallace and his 23XI Racing team, this is a big day. It was back in June 2017 when Wallace made his debut at the Pocono 400. He had managed to snag multiple top-10 finishes in those years and had threatened to get a win earlier this season.

It was back at Daytona to end the regular season. Wallace raced hard and again, avoided collisions, in order to land a top-3 finish. While it looked like he was going to get the win that night, Ryan Blaney had other plans. However, the second-place finish didn’t discourage the driver, and in fact, did the opposite. He kept his hopes high.

“It’s good to give us a finish we deserved,” he said at the time. Well, now he has his very first, first-place finish. Perhaps next season, the No.23 driver will break into the top-20 in the Cup Series, something he has yet to do as well. With Kurt Busch joining 23XI, the team is going to come out and try to make a big statement next year.