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June 11, 2020

NASCAR's Bubba Wallace to Drive Specially Painted Black Car in Honor of #BlackLivesMatter

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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is set to drive in a customized car in honor of the "#BlackLivesMatter" movement during his race this week. 

It's a big week for Bubba Wallace, as he is set to race at the Martinsville Speedway. In a powerful display of unity with the rest of the Black community, he will be using a special paint scheme on his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. 

Driving the black Camaro, Bubba Wallace will be making a huge statement during the race. The car displays texts like "Compassion, Love, Understanding," and "#BlackLivesMatter" among many others. 

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REPRESENTING AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN NASCAR

Wallace is the only African-American driver in the Cup Series and has been joining for three full-time seasons at NASCAR's highest competitive level. He now leads the sport in responding to George Floyd's death and the nationwide protests that are going against racism and police brutality. 

Ultimately, Wallace hopes to promote racial equality by reiterating the importance of Compassion, Love, and Understanding through it all. Instead of selling sponsorships for the race, they decided to run a blackout car, inspired by the social media protest "Blackout Tuesday."

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A NASCAR TRAILBLAZER

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. became the first African-American driver to complete a full Cup Series schedule and the first to win a Cup race since the late NASCAR legend Wendell Scott who once won in December 1963. 

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More than showcasing his love for racing, Wallace hopes to put African-Americans on top of the charts, paying tribute to what Wendell Scott once paved the way for. Naturally, he'd like to do so in his own way while still being inspired by Scott. 

Bubba once revealed that he works hard during practice in order to qualify, and that's something he constantly focuses on.

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HIS WORDS IN ACTION

Now that he's given the chance to do so during Wednesday's race, Wallace is putting his statement into action by using a blackout car in support of the "#BlackLivesMatter" movement. He is set to compete for first place, so as to provide even more awareness and publicity to the movement. 

As for how he's been preparing for the races, Bubba once revealed that he works hard during practice in order to qualify, and that's something he constantly focuses on. Now, he's putting his hard work to the test during this week's race. 

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