Bubba Wallace claimed his first career NASCAR Cup Series win on Monday afternoon when rain soaked the 2.66 mile track after the series completed 117 of the scheduled 188 laps. Wallace was in the lead as a caution flew just a couple laps before Mother Nature decided it was time to end the running of the YellaWood 500. With the win, it marked the first time since 1963 that an African-American driver had won a Cup Series race. For Wallace it was a lifelong dream to win in the Cup Series that finally came through in his first season working with 23XI Racing, a team started by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.
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Brandon Brown outlasted the darkness and final wreck to claim his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Talladega. A late race crash caused a bit of confusion as to who the leader was, but NASCAR declared that Brown was in the lead as of the last scoring loop. The series had planned on resuming the race but drivers ultimately decided it was too dark to continue so NASCAR called the race making Brown the official winner of the event.
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In a wild finish, Tate Fogleman won his first career Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega. John Hunter Nemechek tried blocking Fogleman coming to the checkered flag but it was Fogleman who turned JHN into the grass and Tyler Hill made a last second attempt at wrecking Fogleman as the duo was coming to the checkered flag. In the end Fogleman‘s truck hit the inside wall and it needed to be brought to Victory Lane on a wrecker.
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