Bubba Wallace Announces Change in Direction for the #23 Team as Frustrations Stay on a Steady Rise

Published 07/16/2023, 1:01 PM EDT

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The fight for a berth in the Cup Series playoffs is getting intense. As per some insiders, it is a very close battle between 4 drivers—Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell, Bubba Wallace, and AJ Allmendinger. However, it’s Bubba Wallace who has had the worst run of the four in the last five races. After positive outcomes in May, his fortunes seem to have shifted. For more than a couple of weeks now, he has been vocal about the need to improve himself and capitalize on the opportunities. With only 7 races remaining and his teammate already in the playoffs, it’s now or never for Wallace to make it into the top 16.

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Before Atlanta, Wallace was in the top 16, but the other 3 drivers all finished in the top 4 at Atlanta to kick him out of contention. Ahead of the race in New Hampshire, Wallace has come out and made some bold statements about himself and his team, 23XI Racing.

Bubba Wallace shares his frustration while gearing up for the playoffs fight

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Bubba Wallace has been known to be hard on himself. He has consistently taken it upon himself for having poor results. Speaking on Saturday ahead of the New Hampshire race, Wallace made it clear that there are no excuses at this level of racing. If you want good results, you have to perform.

“We had a few mistakes that started off our weekend bad,” said Wallace. “I guess you could say that’s in the cards, so we don’t deserve to be in right now with the way we’re performing and executing.”

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“Mistakes like this at this point in the season, there’s no excuse for it,” he added. “Whether it’s my fault on track or the crew’s fault in preparation. We need to be better as a team moving forward to even think about playoffs.”

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However, he maintains that the team has been working hard to turn things around. He said, “Reflecting on this week meant the #23 team needed to take a step back and look at what it was doing during that May run. Collectively, Wallace said he believes the team needed to take a breather and approach the rest of the season where it’s ‘beneficial for everybody.'”

Despite being critical of himself while sharing his frustrations, Wallace took to Twitter ahead of the Crayon 301 to show his determination. He is starting Sunday’s race in a strong P8 and is looking to go all the way to score good points.

Wallace’s tweet quickly gathered a ton of positive responses from his fans. This should give him the boost in confidence to go all out in the race.

Wallace is not alone, as several people share their unwavering faith in his abilities

Being somewhat of a controversial figure in NASCAR, Wallace has seen both sides of NASCAR fans. This time, however, he has gotten immense support from the fans as they jump onto his tweet to show their faith in the #23 driver.

“You got this! Solid starting spot is already a good start to the weekend,” one fan said.

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One of his supporters laid out his strategy in simple terms, “Watkins Glen and Indy Road Course. You have to be better. If you are even just average then you will be fine. I’m not worried about the ovals as you have speed there,” while another tried to buckle him up: “You got this Bubba, we believe in you. Kick a** tomorrow!”

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One fan showed their love with, “You’ve been there all year long just really need to close one out. I believe in you and love the form you’ve shown.”

There were plenty more supportive comments on his tweet. Here are a few more of them.

“Go get it Bubba!!! You got this”; “Please get a win tomorrow”; “I’m feeling a win for you tomorrow!”; “You are so right pump up that pit crew! You are too good not to win and be in the playoffs! Keep fighting!!!”

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Amongst all the uncertainty surrounding the final positions in the playoffs, there’s one thing that’s for sure. The drivers are gonna give it their all to get into the top 16. Do you think Wallace will finish ahead of his playoff rivals in the race? Let us know in the comments.

“I Have to Do a Better Job” – Bubba Wallace Takes a Subtle Jab at NASCAR as He Admits to Unsatisfactory Performance

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Veerendra Vikram Singh

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Veerendra Vikram Singh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. With a natural affinity for motorsports, he brings a unique perspective to his coverage of everything NASCAR. His love for sports extends way beyond NASCAR, encompassing Formula 1 and MotoGP and a few other motorsports as well.
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