Just before Dale Earnhardt Jr. issued the command to start engines, Bubba Wallace took a phone call from Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
How cool is that?
Here’s what Aaron — a native of Mobile, Alabama, just like Bubba — had to say to Wallace, who is racing in the legendary No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports.
Wallace went on to finish second in the race to Austin Dillon.
“Really cool and really special for Hank Aaron also to call right there before was really special,” Wallace said. “He just said, ‘Hey, good luck, and just have a good race today,’ and that was it. He knew that we were pressed for time, and it was five seconds, and that’s all he said. That was really cool. So when (team co-owner) Andrew Murstein came up to me and said, ‘Hey, Hank Aaron is on the line,’ I’m like, what? That’s awesome. So, I was pretty excited about that.”