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Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing grabbed their first NASCAR Cup Series win Monday at Talladega Superspeedway. The race was originally scheduled for Sunday but was moved to Monday afternoon as rain halted the race before it even got started. The rain persisted on Monday, causing a brief stoppage before racing resumed, only for it to return and end the race three laps shy of the completion of the second stage. It was Wallace who had his car out front at that moment after successfully working his way to the lead and holding off multiple charges from those behind. Wallace has been no stranger to success at superspeedways, and Monday's race finally gave him the opportunity he needed to visit Victory Lane for the first time.
Behind Wallace, the battle to be part of the final eight playoff drivers raged on. Next week's visit to Charlotte's road course will finalize which seven drivers will join Denny Hamlin in the penultimate round of championship eliminations. Less than 40 points separate Joey Logano in seventh and William Byron in 12th, with just 18 points separating Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on the cutoff line. Chase Elliott won the last two races at the track but nothing is settled yet.
Bubba Wallace – Wallace earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in a rain-delayed and shortened race Monday at Talladega. The driver in his first season with a new team anticipated the rain coming in the second stage and forced his way