Bubba Wallace first black driver to win in NASCAR since 1963

The race was postponed from its original start on Sunday due to bad weather, with rain also forcing a brief stoppage with 71 of the 117 laps to go.

“We got our first win here in Talladega, which fits with everything that’s happened here, in the history of this town,” Wallace said after the race. In June 2020, a rope shaped like a noose was found in Wallace’s garage box at Talladega Superspeedway. The incident was deemed racist and NASCAR rallied behind the driver.

Wallace, who supported the Black Lives Matter movement and helped get NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag – seen by many as a symbol of racism – at its events, at the time called the incident a despicable act of racism and hatred.

After an investigation, the FBI said the episode was not a hate crime, as the rope had been installed the previous year and, although shaped like a noose, had been used to open the garage door. Wallace and NASCAR insist, however, that it was a noose.

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