Brett Griffin Strongly Advises Bubba Wallace to Stay “Realistic” & Not Expect to Start Kicking “Everybody’s A**” Like a Kyle Busch Right From the Start

Published 08/10/2022, 3:20 PM EDT
May 28, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during Nascar Cup qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace has been in fine form in the past few races. In fact, he has notched up four consecutive Top 10 finishes, including last weekend at Michigan.

However, the driver was bitterly disappointed to miss out on a race victory after qualifying on pole position.

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In light of this, NASCAR spotter Brett Griffin talked about his performance and his reaction to the loss.

He said, “I’m spot off for him acting like that. He’s got to be a leader in that scenario.”

“If you look at Bubba Wallace’s stats, a 171 Cup starts, only 10 Top 5s, five of those came at plate tracks.”

“He’s had four Top 5s this year, which is more than he’s ever had in his career. He has got 18 Top 10s total, six of which have some this year, more more than he’s ever had in his career.”

“He’s building something and when you look at your career as a race car driver, you don’t just show up, unless you’re Ross Chastain, and start kicking everybody’s a** like Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano.”

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“All the guys, the Martin Truex’s of the world, Denny Hamlins.”

What else did he say about Bubba Wallace?

Griffin acknowledged that the #23 driver is mired in a tricky situation. In spite of all that, he has made the most of it and thrived.

In 2021, Griffin had serious doubts about whether he would succeed with 23XI Racing. Fast-forward to the current season and Wallace is practically a staple in the sport and is doing great things.

Jul 31, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

On the other end of the spectrum, Bubba Wallace needs to be realistic in terms of setting his goals.

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Griffin was confused at the #23 driver’s desperation to win during the entire Michigan race weekend. If it was a race like Daytona, then he would understand the strong desire to win the race.

However, in this kind of situation, Wallace has to keep building himself and the team.

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Without a doubt, many drivers are under a lot of pressure, and that is what is happening to him as well.

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