Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace’ makes NASCAR history! NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. drove into the history books as the first African-American driver to race in the NASCAR Cup Series since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in 1971.
In his first race, Wallace finished second in the 60th Daytona 500 behind winner Austin Dillon; it was the highest finish by an African-American in the history of the sport.
Driving the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports, Wallace survived the multicar crashes that took out Danica Patrick, Chase Elliot and Jimmie Johnson.
After the race, perhaps feeling the weight of history on his shoulders, Bubba broke down in tears as he hugged his mother, Desiree Wallace. Balling, he he said to her, “You act like we won the race.”
“We did,” she responded.
Then, it was at this point the tears really started to flow as he attempted to explain the meaning.