Bubba Wallace Extinguishes the Rumors of Any Animosity Between Him and “Modern-Day Ryan Newman” “Joseph” Logano After Michigan

Published 08/11/2022, 5:20 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, speaks to the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

One of the biggest factors in Bubba Wallace scoring a P2 finish in Michigan was the fact that he had a fast car, he drove a good race, with good support from his team that ended in a good result. That’s quite simple, right?

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But on the flip side, one of the biggest factors that Wallace scored a P2 finish in Michigan was because of a fella named Joey Logano and his incredible display of defensive driving.

Such was the level of his driving that after the race, he got compared to a NASCAR legend by the 23XI Racing driver.

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Speaking about his defensive driving towards the end of the race, the Team Penske driver recalled, “Bubba texted me after the race and he said, ‘You’re like the modern-day Ryan Newman.’ ‘A little longer neck,’ I said.”

And on the video of this interview, Wallace’s reaction was such that cleared any doubts that others otherwise might’ve had about animosity or bitterness between the two.

“😂😂😂 for the people in the back.. Joseph didn’t do a damn thing wrong!” tweeted Wallace.

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What else did Joey Logano say about Bubba Wallace?

Joey Logano described how it was tough for him, racing against Bubba Wallace, especially considering that the latter had a fast car.

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“I made his life hard, obviously, but that’s also my job,” he said. “When there’s 20 laps to go, and you’re running a P2, you got a front-row restart, you got a chance to win the race. You cannot give up spots anymore, you just can’t do it.”

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 26: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Wheaties Toyota, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 26, 2022 in Fontana, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Logano recalled how earlier in the race, he had let Wallace go simply because the #23 was faster than him, but with 20 to go, he couldn’t give up that spot anymore, giving all he had to protect it.

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“You gotta keep the spot the best you can. Eventually, he got by me, but you gotta keep the spot as long as you can,” he added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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