Talladega’s Rating Paints NASCAR in a Poor Light Amidst Bubba Wallace’s Maiden Triumph

Published 10/07/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
Feb 11, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) leads the field during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


On Monday, the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway concluded. When the race was stopped due to bad weather, Bubba Wallace was declared the winner. However on an interesting note, only 1.16 million viewers tuned in to NBCSN on Monday to watch the race.

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Admittedly, the numbers were not particularly spectacular, as NBCSN only turned in a 0.77 rating. In its defence though, the race was rescheduled to Monday, due to poor weather conditions. Owing to that, some fans may have been worried that the rain could play spoilsport again, and likely abstained from watching.

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However, the other side of the argument is that this viewership is less than the turnout for the 2019 edition of the race. On that occasion, around 1.54 million people tuned in to watch that race. Whatever the case, it was likely their loss that they missed the 2021 race, as history was made at Talladega this weekend.

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Bubba Wallace was on top form during that race

This is Wallace’s first Cup Series win in his entire career, and he has definitely burst onto the scene. While this win could be chalked up as a one-off, it will definitely give the African-American driver more confidence. The same can be said for the 23XI Racing team, as they look forward to the rest of the current season and the 2022 season.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) makes a pit stop during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Next year, Wallace will partner Kurt Busch, who will be reportedly driving under the #45 banner. For that to happen, the fledgling NASCAR Cup Series team needs to buy a charter, and reports suggest that they are close to one. Until then, Bubba Wallace will be aiming to perform to the best of his ability in the Cup Series. While it would be a bit of a stretch to ask for a second shock win, Wallace will be keen to deliver a consistent and strong performance.

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Dhruv George

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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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