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Disheartened Bubba Wallace Claims NASCAR “Can’t Get Rid of Texas” as Chase Elliott’s Redemption Patches Eyesore

Published 04/15/2024, 8:13 AM EDT

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Since its repaving in 2017 and even before, the Texas Motor Speedway has been a contentious track among NASCAR drivers. After the latest Cup Series race at the venue, Bubba Wallace shared his dissatisfaction with the oval while acknowledging that it would not be going away anytime soon. The 23XI Racing star also congratulated Chase Elliott for winning a race after over a year.

Bubba Wallace claps back at fan supporting Texas Motor Speedway

Wallace had a great performance in the race on Sunday; he finished P7 and scored 40 points, but it was not easy. There are several issues with the track. Firstly, turns 1 and 2 still have the residual PJ1 traction compound laid in 2019 to ensure the tires have more grip. The place has become treacherous as several cars got loose and saw their races ruined in that area. Moreover, the issue with turns 3 and 4 included numerous bumps in that section of the track, where Denny Hamlin spun and lost his chance of winning the race. And that too, with just a couple of laps remaining.

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“Can’t get rid of Texas now🤬🙄… all is right in the NASCAR world today. Welcome back, champ @chaseelliott,” he wrote on his X account. When a fan commented that NASCAR should not get rid of Texas and that it was not a bad race on Sunday, Wallace shared a hilarious GIF that said, “Stop it. Get some help.”

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He might have finished P7, but Bubba Wallace could have finished a lot higher. Maybe he would even challenge for the win if that incident with Chase Briscoe on lap 173 didn’t happen.

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The driver of the #23 car was battling for the lead against Chase Briscoe and Harrison Burton and that’s when disaster struck. Coming out of turn 2, Bubba Wallace was in the middle lane, while Briscoe was on top and Burton was on the bottom. The #21 car got away well and soon assumed the lead, however, the 23XI Racing car got loose and spun around, collecting the #14 with it. When they rejoined the race, Wallace and Briscoe were P25 and P32, respectively.

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“If Chase Briscoe is starting on the bottom, pick the bottom, don’t let him restart on the bottom, because he ain’t gonna lift. Nah,” he said after the race, as per On3, while adding, “We did look at a lot of restarts though. It all starts kind of from pushing. It’s who you want lined up on your bumper, pushing to give you that advantage. So, I think we gotta do a better job of analyzing that in the moment and calling the right shots to set yourself up. But first, we gotta have a good race, we gotta get to the end, we gotta get to the Green-White-Checkered finishes, or whatever it was, to make that all come to fruition.”

However, it was still a good result for the 30-year-old driver, finishing in the top 10. He will be hoping to carry this form into the next weekend’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway. That’s a track he has won before, and he will be looking to do the same again to book his place in the playoffs.

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Nilavro Ghosh

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports, where he is known for his creative yet easy-to-read writing style. Before taking up his role as a sports journalist at ES, Nilavro has written for some of the top publishing houses, like The Telegraph. While most journalists stop at covering live events and taking the news to the readers, Nilavro goes the extra mile to give fans a platform for them to express their thoughts through his 'race reaction' pieces.
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