April 5, 2019
If you follow NASCAR at all (and if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here, most likely), you know that Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Camaro, is the first African-American driver to have a full-time ride since 1971, and the first to win a NASCAR race since 1964. But there are many things you probably don’t know about this young, talented driver.
Wallace got his nickname from his big sister Brittany, who was trying to say “brother.”
In his five years in the Xfinity series, he failed to score a win in 85 starts.
One of his best friends is the driver of the Penske No. 12, Ryan Blaney, whom Wallace calls YRB. The two drivers often vacation together during breaks in the NASCAR season.
Wallace gets so annoyed and angry with himself sometimes that he “forgets to breathe” and will pass out after a race.
In a 2017 interview, Wallace was asked about the prevalence of confederate flags at NASCAR events, and he responded, “The only flags that I see [are] green, white, the checkered, sometimes the black flag, which is never good, and sometimes the yellow flag."
Wallace started “The Bubba Wallace Scholarship” at his alma mater Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, NC. The $10,000 scholarship is reserved for a graduating senior based on merit and is awarded every year.
The racer’s hobbies include photography, playing the drums, collecting classic cars, and taunting fellow Cup drivers on Twitter.
Speaking of Twitter, this is Wallace’s pinned tweet: “There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport. I am the 1. You're not gonna stop hearing about ‘the black driver’ for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey.”
So far we’re enjoying it, Bubba!
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