Can Bubba Wallace and Ryan Newman Escape an Unwanted NASCAR Record in 2021?

Published 12/19/2020, 7:00 AM EST
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 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


In motorsports, records are created and are meant to be broken. However, there are occasions where some records are unwanted, and among them is a long-standing winless streak for a number of NASCAR drivers. In 2021, though, many of them will be on a mission to end those dry spells, like Bubba Wallace and Ryan Newman.

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Apparently, Wallace, Newman, and eight other drivers have gone winless for more than 100 races.

Bubba Wallace has the least number of races between wins, with only 112, however, he will be keen to not let that number climb any higher in 2021.

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Meanwhile, Ryan Newman has been without a win for 137 races. It puts him ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Timmy Hill, and Corey Lajoie. Other drivers include Daniel Suarez, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Michael McDowell, Reed Sorenson and JJ Yeley.

Can Bubba Wallace be the first to end his winless streak?

Theoretically, he can definitely deliver the goods, and 23XI Racing has promised a good car under him. Wallace is definitely capable of reaching Victory Lane and the team is confident that their car has the pace.

However, the proof is in the pudding and everything will be much clearer when the season kicks off.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 05: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Of course, trying to win a race is easier said than done, but Bubba Wallace will certainly give it his all. He has a goal of establishing himself as a household name in NASCAR, but the journey will not be easy.

Hopefully, he can deliver excellent performances for the fledgling team.

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One of their primary objectives is to make it into the playoffs. For a team that is just starting its NASCAR career, this is a fairly ambitious target. However, with a driver like Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace behind the wheel, anything is possible in 2021.

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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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