23XI Racing co-owner Michael Jordan saluted Bubba Wallace for his first NASCAR Cup Collection win in Talladega on Monday.
“I am so comfortable for Bubba and our total 23XI Racing staff. It is a big milestone and a historic win for us,” Jordan mentioned in a press release posted to the staff’s Twitter account.
“From the day we signed him, I knew Bubba had the expertise to win and Denny and I couldn’t be extra pleased with him. Let’s go!”
The win within the rain-shortened YellaWood 500 was the primary for the one-car staff, which was launched by Jordan and Denny Hamlin this season with Wallace as its solely driver.
“It’s Talladega. It’s his residence state. Every part that occurred at Talladega final yr. Issues that Bubba didn’t ask to occur however he needed to undergo it,” Hamlin mentioned of the win, which happened on the similar monitor the place a rope tied right into a noose-like knot was present in Wallace’s storage final summer season, sparking an outpouring of assist from the NASCAR household. It was later decided that the knot had been there for a while and wasn’t directed at Wallace, which led to unfounded allegations from some that the incident had been a publicity stunt.
The 23XI Racing staff was already set so as to add a second automotive subsequent season with veteran Kurt Busch behind the wheel. Busch, who was working in fourth place when the race was referred to as, was considered one of many Cup Collection drivers who congratulated Wallace on changing into the primary Black driver to win a Cup Collection race since Wendell Scott scored his solely victory in 1963.