Bubba Wallace Responds to LA Lakers Legend’s High-Praise Amidst His Talladega Heroics

Published 10/08/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
Feb 11, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillion (3) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) race for the finish line during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Following the Cup race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Bubba Wallace snatched his maiden win. In the wake of that, there were several prominent figures who congratulated him. Among them was NBA legend and former Los Angeles Lakers player, Magic Johnson. Without a doubt, the 62-year-old was truly thrilled to see Wallace reach Victory Lane.

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Johnson lauded Wallace for being the second African-American driver to win a NASCAR Cup race. Naturally, a grateful and humbled Wallace thanked the 5-time NBA champion for his praise. Without a doubt, this is just the start of a flourishing career for the 23XI Racing driver.

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The best part was that Wallace triumphed in front of his home crowd. So, that made the win all the more sweeter. Truthfully speaking, he lucked out a little, with the weather and being in the right place at the right time. Although some may claim that he did not deserve it because the race ended prematurely, he did fight his way up the pack.

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What next for Bubba Wallace?

For now, the #23 driver will be training his focus on the remaining Cup Series races. He knows that gunning for a second win will need an extraordinary stroke of luck like this time. So, Bubba Wallace will settle for performing to the best of his ability. What he needs to do is deliver some consistent performances and climb up the points standings.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Next year, the outfit is taking the next step into establishing itself as a major force. To be precise, they are recruiting 2004 Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch, to partner Wallace next season. After departing the Chip Ganassi Racing team, Busch will be driving the #45 car once the team successfully acquires a charter. For now, both Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch will want to see out the remainder of their 2021 seasons.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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