“Good Job Kid” – Bubba Wallace Reveals Michael Jordan Regularly Texts Him After NASCAR Races With 23XI Racing

Published 04/17/2021, 10:05 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan had been very clear with his expectations when he signed up to form 23XI Racing with Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace. Jordan’s winning mentality is no secret and Wallace knows he will be expected to get wins soon in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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At the same time, Jordan also understands that the team is still raw in the sport and that win could take some time. The basketball icon is putting his weight behind his driver, and Wallace feels that extra motivation when Jordan texts him after a good run.

“After our good runs, I’m getting a text from MJ saying, ‘Good job kid.’ It’s stuff like that which is pretty cool,” Wallace said during a recent media interaction.

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He also said that Jordan is well aware that the team is making steady progress, eight weeks into their maiden NASCAR season.

DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

“He knows we’re not winning. But he knows we’re taking those steps and making progress. It’s not something you just jump right into and expect to win. You live in fairytale land if you expect that to happen,” Wallace expressed.

Bubba Wallace opens up Michael Jordan’s involvement in the team

Jordan understands the challenges of starting a new team at the highest level of any sport being a legendary sportsperson himself. But he also understands NASCAR quite well. Jordan has, time and again, spoken of his interest in NASCAR from a young age. Having Hamlin guide him through some of the intricacies of NASCAR certainly helps.

Wallace is happy to learn that he and the team are so far ‘exceeding expectations’ set by Hamlin and Jordan at this stage of the season.

Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace(23) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“He understands motorsports a little different, he had a superbike team. You know, you can’t win every race. Having Denny as co-owner there is like managing expectations.

From talking to Denny, we’re kind of exceeding the expectations they had set in place before the season started,” Wallace continued.

The goal to win in a tough sport

Does 23XI Racing expect to win soon, maybe this season itself?

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“Absolutely. But we have to do a lot of work in the meantime to get to that level. This sport is tough,” is Wallace’s answer on the same. They certainly seem to be moving in the right direction.

After three 16th-place finishes in the last four races, it is now time to take the next step. Wallace, Hamlin, and the rest of the No. 23 team understands that and will aim to find that step soon enough if they are to eventually win this year.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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