By Amaya Woodley
Bubba Wallace has become the first Black driver to win the NASCAR Cup Series in over 50 years after his victory at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Wallace found himself celebrating the victory after crews attempted to dry the track after consistent rain during Monday’s playoff race, ESPN reported. Officials suspended the game after the 27-year-old made his way to the front of the field just five laps prior
The North Carolina native won the historic race driving the No. 23 car during his first season as part of the 23XI Racing team owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and his partner Denny Hamlin. The car number is the same Jordan wore while playing in the NBA.
He added that securing the win in his birthplace of Alabama also brought “a lot of emotion, a lot of joy to my family, fans, my friends.”
Wallace was emotional after learning of his win, Sports Illustrated shared.
“This is for all the kids out there that want to have an opportunity and whatever they want to achieve, and be the best at what they want to do,” Wallace said, CBS News reported. “You’re going to go through a lot of bulls**t. But you always got to stick true to your path and not let the nonsense get to you.”
The driver celebrated with his team with a makeshift victory lane inside of an empty garage stall.