Bubba Wallace Pulls Iconic Veteran and Denny Hamlin in His Outing With Best Friend Ryan Blaney

Published 07/16/2023, 9:26 AM EDT

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The captivating climate of New Hampshire possesses a remarkable ability to heighten temperatures, both on the racetrack and beyond. At a crucial juncture of this NASCAR season, Bubba Wallace discovered himself enjoying an eventful evening endeavor. Collaborating with his closest confidante Ryan Blaney, Wallace joined forces with the esteemed Cup Series veterans, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, for an exhilarating bout of Pickleball. 

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With increasing humidity, the fervor of competition too escalated. Yet, what implications does this recreational episode hold for Wallace’s ongoing season? How will he artfully navigate the remaining races to secure his place in the thrilling playoffs? 

Muggy battles and sweaty showdowns: Bubba Wallace takes on Pickleball with racing legends

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The humid climate had got the driver sweating bullets while playing Pickleball on a friendly night out with his fellow racers. Wallace was joined by his boss, Denny Hamlin, along with his best friend Ryan Blaney, NASCAR veteran Brad Keselowski, and youngster Harrison Burton. The game seemed a way for the NASCAR drivers to let off some steam before the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The #23 Toyota Camry driver posted a story on his Instagram with the caption, “It’s a Muggy one,” which showed Hamlin and others playing a round of Pickleball doubles, and then the camera switched to Bubba’s face, where one could see him drenched in sweat. 

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As the battle for playoff spots intensifies, Wallace, currently sitting at 17th place in the points table, is just three points away from the crucial top 16 cutoff. However, his recent performances have not been helping his cause.

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Wallace finds himself in a precarious position as the regular season draws to a close, with only seven races remaining. 

Acknowledging mistakes: Bubba Wallace’s determination to improve as a team

Wallace’s recent struggles come after a successful month of May, during which he secured three consecutive top-5 finishes and an impressive performance in the All-Star Race at the North Wilkesboro Speedway. He has been unlucky ever since June. Last Sunday, a disappointing finish in Atlanta contributed to Wallace’s further slide in the standings. However, he has something to boost his confidence going into the NHMS race.

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In the previous season, he achieved an impressive third-place finish in New Hampshire. Furthermore, races that follow are in Indiana, Michigan, and Pocono, where Wallace secured commendable finishes of 5th, 2nd, and 8th last year. A series of similar performances could significantly bolster Wallace’s chances of salvaging his season.

Wallace acknowledged that mistakes at this season stage are inexcusable, whether on the track or during the crew’s preparation. The team understands the need for improvement as a cohesive unit to entertain any hopes of securing a playoff spot. With seven races remaining, Wallace believes they have the opportunity to achieve something remarkable.

“Everyone has got to get better for sure. I would say when you look at how we break it down, the team certainly needs to take the biggest jump forward on performance. If we do that, I think our drivers are good enough to do it.” Hamlin reiterated his belief in Wallace and Tyler Reddick ahead of the race at NHMS.

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The upcoming racing events in Indiana, Michigan, and Pocono, provide crucial opportunities for Wallace to shine and revive his season.

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Brahmi Dhaytadak is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. She combines her love for F1, Tennis, and NASCAR into electrifying prose that sets the hearts of her readers racing. Whether it was the finesse of Charles Leclerc's maneuvers around Monaco or the artistry of Roger Federer's racket, everything inspired Brahmi to venture into the field of sports journalism.
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