The winner of Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway joined an unique membership — and helped to scramble the playoff standings.
Bubba Wallace claimed the rain-delayed (after which rain-shortened) YellaWood 500 for his first Cup win. He additionally turned the second Black driver to win in NASCAR’s high collection, 58 years after Corridor of Fame driver Wendell Scott received in December 1963. Wallace is the one Black driver lively within the Cup Sequence.
Wallace started receiving congratulations from fellow drivers on pit highway after the race was red-flagged for rain with three laps to go in Stage 2. The climate — and the truth that Talladega has no lights — made a resumption unlikely. The race was already official, because it had gone previous the midway level; NASCAR tried to dry the monitor throughout the pink flag, however one other downpour compelled it to name the race.
Beneath is extra about Wallace’s win Monday, plus the entire outcomes of the race:
Who received the NASCAR race as we speak?
Bubba Wallace drove from the again of the pack to take the lead late in Stage 2, and was forward with three laps remaining within the stage (71 laps to go general) below warning when rain stopped the race.
Wallace created a lane on the excessive aspect of Talladega’s 2.66-mile oval to get a run on the leaders. He was main Brad Keselowski when the yellow got here out for a wreck with 5 to go within the stage. The pink for climate adopted two laps later.
Wallace final received in NASCAR in 2017, when he received his solely Truck Sequence race that 12 months. He gave 23XI Racing, a group co-owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan that debuted this 12 months, its first win. Apparently, Kurt Busch, who can be a teammate of Wallace’s in 2022 when the group expands to 2 vehicles, helped to offer him a push within the draft earlier than the stoppage.
“There’s loads of firsts as we speak, inside our group, inside our group, and so that is actually an enormous group effort. I am so happy with all people for persevering with to keep it up,” Wallace stated. “It has been loads of up-and-down races, loads of frustration, loads of shouting matches, however we all the time regroup and are available again and rally for when the inexperienced flag falls on Sunday or whether or not it is a Monday like as we speak. We exit and compete and we put every little thing else apart and we all know what we have to concentrate on.
“We proceed to construct this group up. I’ve acquired Kurt coming over subsequent 12 months. He is one of many drivers that got here up throughout the rain delay. I admire him and his optimism, his knowledge. However we have simply acquired to maintain going. I’ve acquired to exit to the Roval — my greatest monitor? not — subsequent week, however simply exit and have some enjoyable.
“This win did not put us into the playoffs or something, however there was an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. I (stated) earlier, if I am taken out strolling out of this room, hey, I went out as a winner, so I am good.”
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
The Talladega playoff race is called a wild card by which something can occur. Monday was no exception. Not solely did a non-playoff driver win (Wallace), however playoff drivers Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman completed within the backside 5 due to wrecks. These outcomes left Byron and Bowman on the backside of the standings. Larson continues to be in fine condition to advance, however his benefit over ninth-place driver Kevin Harvick is now simply 22 factors.
Harvick, in the meantime, is simply 9 factors behind Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, who’re tied for seventh.
No driver superior to the Spherical of 8 on Monday. Solely Denny Hamlin is locked into the spherical heading into Sunday’s elimination race on Charlotte’s highway course. He earned the berth with a win at Las Vegas within the first race of the Spherical of 12. The opposite playoff drivers would routinely advance Sunday with a win.
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||3095|
x-Clinched spot in Spherical of 8.
NASCAR outcomes from Talladega
Bubba Wallace earned his first Cup Sequence win and the primary win for 23XI Racing in its inaugural season. Wallace was holding off Crew Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano when the race was halted for a wreck after which rain.
Kurt Busch, who can be Wallace’s teammate subsequent 12 months at 23XI when the group expands to 2 vehicles, completed fourth. Christopher Bell accomplished the highest 5.
The ultimate race within the Spherical of 12 is the Financial institution of America ROVAL 400, which can be run on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s highway course Sunday, Oct. 10 (2 p.m. ET; NBC, TSN, PRN).
|12||P-Martin Truex Jr.|
|16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|