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Behind The Scenes Exclusive With Bubba Wallace At The 2018 Daytona 500

The 2018 Daytona 500 NASCAR Monster Energy series race will be remembered for a long time for many reasons, but most importantly it marked the first time since 1971 that an African-American driver would compete full-time for a Cup Series team as Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr.

The 2018 Daytona 500 NASCAR Monster Energy series race will be remembered for a long time for many reasons, but most importantly it marked the first time since 1971 that an African-American driver would compete full-time for a Cup Series team as Darrell Bubba Wallace Jr. finished second driving the legendary No. 43 car for The King, Richard Pettys RPM outfit. We covered the entire weekend and got the exclusive with Bubba leading up to his historic 2nd place finish at the legendary race, the highest finish for a Black driver in that race’s history.

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The weekend’s celebration of diversity was further emphasized by NASCARs Drive 4 Diversity program, which has actively recruited, cultivated and included African-American talent into the mix in various capacities, from driving race cars and working in pit crews to making decisions within NASCAR’s executive offices.   


Combine that new element and the diverse media interest and attention that black faces and a superstar black driver inevitably brings to NASCAR, and add in Danica Patrick retiring and Austin Dillon winning the race driving Dale Earnhardt Jr.s legendary No. 3 car on the 17th anniversary of Earnhardts death and you have a recipe for NASCAR excellence.  


We were fortunate enough to be on the scene documenting these moments, interviewing the changing faces of NASCAR and immersing ourselves in an event and experience that now embraces diversity and the talents that people of color bring to the NASCAR culture. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.