Bubba Wallace’s Spotter Takes the Case of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Being Better Than the Cup Series

Published 05/05/2022, 5:55 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 04: #34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Mustang Love’s Travel Stops, #23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, Toyota Camry McDonald’s, #20: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Rheem during the running of the YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series race on October 4, 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Al. (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The NASCAR Cup Series is at the top of the three-tier hierarchy for a reason, it is the most competitive, most challenging, and most exciting of all the three series. That’s nothing new, but is it really true? Is the Cup Series better than Xfinity and Truck Series? Because Freddie Kraft, the spotter of Bubba Wallace doesn’t really think so.

And he has a pretty good reason to have this opinion that he has.

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In a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast, Kraft spoke about the things that make the second tier of NASCAR, the Xfinity Series, better than the Cup Series.

“What lends itself to making some of the Xfinity races, that we talk about how much better they are than the Cup races a lot of the times, is they have tire limits, they have strategy,” Kraft said. “They can’t just come down pit road every time the yellow flag comes out.”

The spotter picked out a page from back in the day to further his point when he said, “There’s certain instances where I think you remember Indianapolis back in 2008 or whatever when we had a caution every 10 laps. That was a track issue.”

“I mean they literally wore tires out every ten laps. So that obviously warrants NASCAR to step in and do something. This was a teams thing.” he continued.

“Teams push some of the limits and they had excessive tire wear versus the other guy.”

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Bubba Wallace frustrated after yet another disappointing race at Dover

The Cup race at Dover brought yet another disappointing result in the catalog of disappointing results for Bubba Wallace as he finished 16th. And suffice to say, he wasn’t exactly pleased with the result.

Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) hits Bubba Wallace (23) while racing to the checkered flag behind Martin Truex Jr (19) and Ross Chastain (1) during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

“Yep. Another bum end to what we thought we would be a great day.. We fell off hard at the end, bootie called and said our Sway bar link had broke at some point..Loose at Dover is no bueno. Maybe next week we can get it turned around🤬,” he tweeted.

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Regardless, if things continue this way for the 23XI Racing driver, he might just lose his Cup seat and be demoted to the Xfinity or the Truck Series. But if things come to that stage, we now know what his spotter would prefer.

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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.

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