Who Are Bubba Wallace’s Parents? Details on the NASCAR Driver’s Background


Off the track, Bubba has been outspoken about NASCAR banning the Confederate flag from races, which was officially announced on June 12, 2020. Bubba is also set to display Black Lives Matter on his car for future events, and he’s raced while wearing a shirt that reads “I Can’t Breathe.” 

On June 21, an official statement from NASCAR confirmed that a noose had been found in Bubba’s Alabama garage stall.

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport,” the Twitter statement began.

“As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all,” the statement concluded. 

Bubba later referred to the incident on Twitter as a “despicable act of racism and hatred.” He also referenced his mother, and how she believes people are trying to scare her son into silence. 

“As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you.’ This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in,” he wrote.

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Who are Bubba Wallace’s parents? Read on to find out more about Bubba’s tight knit bond with his mother, and how he got into racing in the first place. 

Who are Bubba Wallace’s parents?

The 26-year-old professional driver is the son of Darrell Sr., the owner of an industrial cleaning business, and Desiree, a social worker. He was born in Mobile, Ala., but he was raised in North Carolina, along with his sister Brittany. 

Desiree and Darrell Sr. are divorced, but both of his parents have been supportive of his racing career. 

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Growing up, Bubba watched Dale Earnhardt, Sr. race, because the driver was his parents’ favorite. Having several extended family members in the industry helped to push Bubba toward a racing career. While his parents were supportive, Desiree explained to Blavity that she wasn’t initially thrilled at his choice of career.  

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“I was lucky that my dad was able to sponsor me during my early years of competition… Even with a winning season, and moving up to the modified K&N East series, it still takes sponsorships,” he explained. “I was constantly on the phone. It takes persistence to get sponsorships.”

Though his parents’ assistance has helped Bubba, he has goals that extend beyond the racetrack. 

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He discussed the impact he hopes to have on the sport with Garden and Gun in 2019, and how he wants to bring new fans in.

“That’s a goal of mine and the sport,” he explained. “To become more diverse and change the demographic, bring in a new face. You know, it helps having an African American driver behind the wheel. I’m representing that culture and that background. But a lot of background pressure, I don’t really put that on me.

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