“Growing Pains” – Bubba Wallace Reflects on Difficult Start to NASCAR Season After Las Vegas Race

Published 03/08/2021, 10:50 AM EST
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


It has not been the greatest of beginnings for Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 27-year-old slumped to another dismal showing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a bottom half finish.

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Wallace actually got off to a very decent start in last evening’s race, getting up to 15th at one point in time. But, a few mechanical errors marred his momentum and flow, which led to a bad day at the office in the end.

Naturally, the sum of all parts is that Wallace has not been able to showcase his fullest potential just yet. But taking to Twitter, the 23XI Racing driver has said that he and his team will continue ‘fighting’ and ‘learning’.

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Proud of this team and the progress we made, said Bubba Wallace

Wallace’s tweet’s caption read, “Growing pains. We’ll continue fighting, learning, adapting.”

“Proud of this team and the progress we made throughout the race, sometimes things are just out of your control though. If things don’t go your way, use it as a learning experience.”

Undoubtedly, having superstars like Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin leading the charge for their team means Wallace would get some much-needed motivation. But at the same time, there will also be a pressure to deliver results and establish 23XI Racing’s reputation.

Wallace would want to do well in the next few races of the season

Following Sunday’s results at Las Vegas, Wallace now sits in 20th in the drivers’ standings. Certainly, for a racer that wants to take the next step, eyeing a Playoffs spot would become a natural objective.

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Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The next few races at Phoenix, Atlanta and Bristol would prove to be crucial as he aims to generate some confidence. Wallace would in fact relish driving at Bristol given his track record, with 4 top-half finishes in his last 5 race starts there.

Therefore, there is definitely some way to go in the regular season, which means more chances for Wallace to display his talent. It will be interesting to see whether one of the talented drivers on the grid can get back to his best from this difficult run of races.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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