Bubba Wallace driving Wendell Scott tribute car

Bubba Wallace is tossing back to Wendell Scott at Darlington.

Wallace, the only Black motorist racing full-time in NASCAR, will honor the only Black guy to win a NASCAR Cup Series race throughout Sunday’s race at Darlington. Wallace’s No. 23 vehicle is created to appear like the No. 34 vehicle that Scott drove throughout his Cup Series profession.

Scott initially raced in NASCAR in 1961 and is thought to be the very first Black motorist to get a NASCAR license. He won the only race of his profession in 1964 at Jacksonville Speedway Park. Scott didn’t instantly get that win nevertheless. NASCAR authorities believed at the time of the checkered flag that Dollar Baker had actually won the race. That was a scoring mistake, and Scott got the win 2 hours later on. However he never ever had the possibility to posture for images in success lane since of the hold-up.

Wallace has been the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series ever since he made his first start in 2017. He’s currently in his fourth full-time season and in his first at 23XI Racing, the team co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

Wallace has become one of the most recognizable NASCAR drivers since of his willingness to speak out on social and racial justice issues. Wallace found his voice during the social justice protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020 and was one of the leading advocates for NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban enacted in June of 2020. 

The car Wallace is racing on Sunday is the second Scott tribute that Wallace has actually driven in NASCAR. Wallace got the fourth Truck Series win of his career at Martinsville in 2014 in a truck that ran the No. 34 instead of No. 54 in honor of Scott. That Scott tribute truck raced to honor Scott’s 2015 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the win made Wallace just the second Black motorist — together with Scott — to win a nationwide series NASCAR race.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.