Bubba Wallace Outlines His New Year’s Resolution of ‘No More Excuses’ as 23XI Racing Debut Approaches

Published 12/16/2020, 1:45 AM EST
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, speaks to the media after the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


When the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season concluded, Bubba Wallace took a small vacation to recharge. However, he knows in the back of his mind that this could be his biggest chance to attain glory.

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To make matters even better, he is set to race for a team that is the brainchild of one of NASCAR’s biggest stars and an NBA legend.

To further strengthen their cause, the fledgling 23XI Racing has allied with Joe Gibbs Racing. Additionally, the team penned a number of sponsorship contracts with many well-known brands to back Wallace.

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Wallace is also keen to tackle the new season with a brand new team backing him.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 02: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Covert Auto Group Chevrolet, walks on the grid during the Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by The Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 02, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

He said, “It’s Dec. 14 right now, so it’s 17 more days until Jan. 1 – that’s when my new motto of ‘No More Excuses’ starts. So, for 17 more days, I’m gonna have every excuse in the book.”

“But after that, there’s no more excuses why we can’t run up front and compete for wins and show the true talents that I believe I have if Jan. 1 was (the Daytona 500), then I’m ready for it,” Wallace added.

Can Bubba Wallace deliver on his promise?

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Without a doubt, the African-American driver will be keen to prove his worth to the team.

According to team co-owner Denny Hamlin, “I (23XI Racing) would like to compete for a Playoffs spot. I think historically you need to be very consistent. You need to be somewhere in the 14-15 average finish to compete. You need to challenge for race wins, I think that that part probably will come.”

Admittedly, the playoff berth could be quite difficult to achieve. However, the team, along with owners Michael Jordan and Hamlin have faith in Bubba Wallace.

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The driver has proven himself to be capable of challenging for wins, even though he has not reached Victory Lane yet. However, 23XI Racing is confident that they can be the ones to take him to that next step.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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