“Flop… or Fight…” – Bubba Wallace Reflects on His Performance at the Kansas Speedway

Published 05/18/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney (12) leads Bubba Wallace (23) and Kyle Busch (18) during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

At the Kansas Speedway, it was a great day in the office for 23XI Racing. The outfit snatched its first win of the season, and its second career win. However, it was not Bubba Wallace in Victory Lane, but his veteran teammate Kurt Busch who emerged victorious. Wallace himself looked very strong and mounted an epic comeback to finish in 10th place.

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Obviously, he was disappointed to lose out, especially after such a strong run. However, the African-American driver has vowed to move on and do better in the next race.

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Speaking on Twitter afterward, he said, “At the end of the day. YOU control your own destiny. You have a choice when adversity meets you. Flop… or Fight… Gave it my all. I can sleep good knowing that. Hungrier than ever.”

 

How did Bubba Wallace perform in the race?

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Admittedly, he had a pretty busy race weekend, as he was pulling double duty. A few delays meant that Stewart Friesen was unable to make it in time for practice. So his Truck Series team roped in Wallace to get some track time and keep the seat warm for Friesen.

Mar 27, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) before the start of the EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

When it came to his Cup race, Wallace definitely put his extra track time to good use. However, he was a bit hobbled because of a couple of penalties, which forced him to fight his way up the order on two occasions. Considering that teammate Kurt Busch won the race, there can be no doubt that Bubba Wallace could have won the race as well.

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Sadly, circumstances did not work in his favor and he had to make do with the cards dealt with him. So, what he did was put his head down and charge his way up the order, bypassing many hurdles. At the end of the day, Wallace was forced to walk away without another trophy. However, he will be hoping that his pace would have silenced a fair number of critics.

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