Bubba Wallace Wins at Talladega, but his Beloved Dog Asher Steals the Show at Victory Lane

Published 10/06/2021, 3:42 PM EDT
HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 22, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Earlier, 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace completed the biggest race of his career. To be precise, he went on to snatch his first career win and it came at the Talladega Superspeedway. When he visited Victory Lane, he just had to share the Kodak moment with his dog, Asher.

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The African-American driver was utterly thrilled to win, especially since it was on home soil. Without a doubt, Wallace had a lot to smile about as he navigated his way through plenty of chaos. With rain in the air, there was always a huge chance that the race could be stopped. So it was a matter of hitting the front of the pack at the right time.

How did Bubba Wallace win the race?

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When the race kicked off, there was a threat of rain, so all eyes were turned skywards. Eventually, the heavens did open, and the rain eventually forced the officials to cut the race short. By then, Wallace had wormed his way into the race lead, so the officials called off the race, he was perfectly positioned.

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LEBANON, TENNESSEE – JUNE 20: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 DoorDash/PetSmart Toyota, girlfriend, Amanda Carter, and pet dog, Asher pose for photos in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Although it was an anticlimactic end, it did not take away from the #23 driver’s prowess. So he had every reason to celebrate, especially since it was a race full of mayhem. The race was all the more frantic, considering that the YellaWood 500 was postponed. Sadly, the rain gods had other ideas and wreaked havoc after the first stage.

Things started slowly with a sprinkle, and it soon escalated into a downpour at the Talladega Superspeedway. Owing to that, the drivers and teams have to really put on their thinking caps. In other words, they have to brainstorm strategies to put themselves in favorable positions. Evidently, Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing hit the jackpot when they rolled the dice.

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After an hour-long wait, the officials decided that conditions were too dangerous and declared the results. It is also worth noting that not only is it his first Cup Series win, but he is the second African-American winner since Wendell Scott.

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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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