Is Bubba Wallace Related to Former NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace?

Published 04/12/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 10: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands next to his car in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

William Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is a full-time contender in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 23 Toyota Camry for 23XI Racing, and as a part-timer in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 11 Toyota Tundra for Spencer Davis Motorsports.

Wallace has been the solitary full-time African American driver in NASCAR’s three series (Cup, Xfinity, and Truck) every year he has contended in them. He is the lone African American driver to win more than once in any of these arrangements, which has made him quite possibly the best African American driver throughout the entire existence of NASCAR.

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 29: Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace poses on the red carpet at NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 29, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

However, Bubba’s stint in NASCAR isn’t the first time that the Wallace name has graced the racetrack in this sport; the surname has already racked up a number of accolades in the past decades.


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Russell William “Rusty” Wallace Jr. is a former American NASCAR driver. He was the 1984 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year and the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Before joining the NASCAR circuit, Wallace became famous for racing around in Florida, winning a couple of local titles. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013.

A lot of NASCAR fans and enthusiasts have the same question – is Bubba Wallace related to the former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace?

Well, unfortunately, no. The two racers are not related.

However, the two drivers did come together in 2018 to raise money for education and health care services for kids.

But Bubba Wallace finds the connection funny and even posted an image of a T-Shirt on social media that read “Darrell not Waltrip, Wallace not Rusty, Junior not Earnhardt.”


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The 2021 Season of Bubba Wallace with 23XI Racing

23XI Racing is owned by legendary basketball player Michael Jordan and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin. Bubba Wallace was announced as the driver of the team on September 21, 2020. So far, Bubba Wallace has been part of just eight races with the team. Although, he has the ability to drive like Rusty Wallace but, till date, he has not been able to justify the ‘Wallace’ name.


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Out of the eight outings in 2021, Wallace has been able to finish in 16th place as his best finish.


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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.