Glaring NASCAR Statistics With Bubba Wallace Outperforming Kyle Larson & Denny Hamlin in Kansas Come to Light

Published 05/18/2022, 11:25 AM EDT
Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) pits for service during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Cup race at the Kansas Speedway concluded with Kurt Busch winning the race. Meanwhile, teammate Bubba Wallace capped off a mixed day in the office with a 10th place finish.

Normally, this would be the point where a lot many people question his abilities. However, there are some extenuating circumstances that prevented him from getting any higher than the edge of the Top 10.

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As per the stats, the #23 driver pulled off a grand total of 123 passes in green flag conditions. The only one who got close to him was team co-owner and competitor Denny Hamlin, with 121 passes.

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It is also worth mentioning that Bubba Wallace also topped the quality passes list. In fact, he racked up 60 of those passes, and the nearest rival was Kyle Larson with 52.

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How did Bubba Wallace perform in the race?

Admittedly, the road to 10th place was an arduous one, as he overcame a lot of hurdles. To be precise, he got slapped with two penalties, both of which sent him to the back of the pack. This was largely because Wallace encountered problems in his pit stops. Nevertheless, he simply put his head down and charged up the order on both occasions.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 27: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 leidos Toyota, waves to fans onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Echopark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Without a doubt, this proved that without those penalties, he would have definitely been up there challenging for the race win. In spite of all the in-race problems and the frustration, 10th place is still quite impressive. Of course, one cannot help but wonder what could have been had he not picked up the penalties?

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Now, the #23 driver cannot afford to dwell on his losses. Instead, he will move on and try to perform better at the next race. Of course, he will still have to deal with his critics. However, we can be sure that Bubba Wallace is just biding his time until he can finally shut them up for good.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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