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Bubba Wallace makes history with his first Cup victory in Talladega

Bubba Wallace claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series victory on Monday, making history with a rain-cut triumph at the Talladega Superspeedway.

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Wallace led five of the 117 laps of the YellaWood 500, which was stopped 71 laps from the total distance by the second downpour of the day. He drove the # 23 Toyota 23XI Racing to a national victory at the 2.66 mile Alabama track, achieving the organization’s first victory owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in its debut season.

Wallace became the first black driver to win the Cup Series since NASCAR Hall of Fame’s only victory Wendell Scott on December 1, 1963 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wallace’s victory at Talladega prevented the playoff contenders from getting an automatic berth in the Round of 8, the next round of the playoffs. Hamlin had won a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the previous weekend.

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Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finished second and third. Kurt Busch placed fourth with Christopher Bell completing the top five.

Regular season champion Kyle Larson finished 37th after an accident near the end of Stage 1 damaged his No.5 Chevy Hendrick Motorsports. Teammate William Byron pushed Justin Allgaier’s # 77 Chevrolet into a spin, picking up both Larson and Chase Briscoe’s # 14 Ford. Larson continued, but the finish rocked his points cushion in the playoffs.

Alex Bowman was knocked out in a crash on lap 96 which also damaged Toyota’s Joe Gibbs Racing playoff contenders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Bowman finished 38th, Busch 27th and Truex 12th.

The race was postponed from its original Sunday start due to stubborn rain showers. Bad weather also briefly interrupted the race on Monday’s Stage 2, forcing an 18 minute and 20 second stop for the track’s drying efforts with 73 laps completed. One last shower later in the day finished him off.

Next up in the Cup Series is the Round of 12 final, scheduled for Sunday (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course. Four drivers will be eliminated from the playoff field after the event.

This story will be updated.


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