Future Watch: Bubba Wallace Racing Cards

Future Watch: Bubba Wallace Racing Cards – Wallace started racing at a young age of nine years old in the Bandolero, Legends car racing series and in local late model events. In 2005 he won 35 out of 48 races in the Bandolero and in 2008 he was the youngest driver to win at the Franklin Country Speedway in Virginia.

In 2010, Wallace started to compete in the Nascar K&N Pro series and was signed as a development driver for Joe Gibbs racing. He won that year at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway, becoming the youngest driver to take the track’s checkered flag. He also won later in the year at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire ending that season in third in points and winning the rookie of the year award, becoming the first African American driver to do so in a Nascar series.

In 2012, Wallace moved to race directly for Joe Gibbs Racing. Wallace won his first career Nationwide Series pole at Dover in late September. He was mostly just running a few races with Gibbs and in 2014 he moved up full time in the Xfinity. They struggled for 15 races not finding a sponsor for him, and subsequently in DecemberWallace announced he would be leaving Gibbs Racing to seek other opportunities.

In 2015 it was announced that Wallace will be driving the number six car for Roush Fenway Racing. Wallace started the season with a 12th place finish at Daytona. Overall, he finished 7th in points but lost rookie of the year honors to Daniel Suarez.

Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Wallace would be driving the 43 car for the injured Aric Almirola, making him the first African American driver in the Cup Series since Bill Lester in 2006.

In 2018, Aric announced he was leaving Petty Motorsports and Petty, in turn, announced that Wallace will be taking over the number 43 car he became the first African American to have a full Cup ride since Wendell Scott in 1971. In 2018 he was named part of the Power 100 List for the Ebony Magazine joining the ranks with Stephen Curry, Venus Williams and President Barak Obama.

This year, in the Daytona 500, Wallace was the first black driver to lead a lap at the legendary race, marking a historic moment in NASCAR’s history.

For more on Bubba Wallace, check out this fan-created mini documentary:

Wallace is well poised to continue re-writing the history books and will do so with a strong collector following. Among the sets that prominently feature the superstar is 2021 Donruss NASCAR.

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Brad Jorgensen