Bubba Wallace Issued a 3-Word Plea at Talladega After Enduring “F**king” Terrible Issues

Published 10/03/2022, 7:04 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 01: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #45 Leidos Toyota, waits on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 01, 2022 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The NASCAR Cup race weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway has officially wrapped up. At the end of the race, Chase Elliott emerged victorious, becoming the first Playoff driver to win a race this season. On the other end of the scale, Bubba Wallace endured a rough day in the office on home soil.

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In fact, he ranted on the radio to spotter Freddie Kraft, “Just f**king slow! Get me out!”. To further emphasize this, team owner Denny Hamlin was right on his rear bumper, hounding him. In the end, Wallace could only muster 16th place, which was a little disappointing for him. The race finish earned him around 21 points to add to the #45 car’s championship aspirations.

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Can Bubba Wallace bounce back from this?

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Admittedly, he is definitely capable of doing so, as he has shown great pace on multiple occasions. In fact, his last win came at the Kansas Speedway, which he managed to win in an emphatic fashion. Considering that there are still a few races left in the season, he will be aiming to improve his performance and be consistent.

It is worth mentioning though, that he had a rough start to the day, with a pre-race penalty. Already, he was starting in 27th place but got sent to the rear owing to an engine change. Teammate Ty Gibbs and future teammate Tyler Reddick also got penalized and sent to the back of the grid. However, since they both qualified in the Top 10, they started ahead of Wallace.

Sep 16, 2022; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (45) during qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Considering that Gibbs crashed out early in the race, and Reddick only finished in 28th, Wallace was a bit relieved. Especially considering that clawing his way up from 37th on the grid to finish in 16th is an incredible achievement. At the end of the day, Bubba Wallace can do nothing more than think about what could have been, and move on to the next race.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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