“Have to Be Able to Accept Defeat” – Bubba Wallace Gives Important Advice to Aspiring NASCAR Drivers

Published 12/31/2020, 8:30 AM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands by his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Bubba Wallace is quickly becoming one of the big names on the NASCAR circuit. The young driver, who is still working towards establishing himself as a consistent runner at the front of the grid, has raced enough to know the demands and challenges of the sport.

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Having said that, Wallace had some advice for the young and aspiring drivers who are looking to make their way to the top leagues in the sport. The former driver of the no. 43 Cup Series car stressed the challenges of racing in NASCAR and what it takes to be successful.

He feels that younger drivers should prepare to face and accept defeat in a sport like this.

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Bubba Wallace gives useful advice to youngsters

“It’s a hard-fought battle, all the way to the top. A lot of losing, you have to be able to accept defeat in the sport to be successful,” Wallace had said during an interview when asked about what he would tell kids wanting to be race car drivers.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 05: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Wallace is already competing against some of the top stars of the sport, racers who have won so much since they began their NASCAR careers. He also entered the Cup Series at a time when the sport saw many former stars stepping down and youngsters entering the fray.

When asked if he feels the pressure to carry on the legacy of star drivers, Wallace’s reply displayed his confidence in himself.

“The pressure is there. But I’m trying to create my own legacy,” he said.

Will Wallace find that elusive win in 2021?

Still searching for a Cup Series win, it might not seem that far away for Wallace, going into the 2021 season. He will drive the no. 23 Cup Series car for 23XI Racing, co-owned by Denny Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan.

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SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, races Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The two sporting greats promised to give Wallace much better equipment at the new team, and they are all working hard to help Wallace utilize his talents to be a top contender. A technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, along with Toyota’s involvement as manufacturer, certainly boosts the team’s chances.

Winless in 112 races, Wallace has certainly learned to accept defeat, as he earlier expressed. However, he is now keen to convert his impressive runs into race wins, thus creating his own ‘legacy’ in NASCAR.

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Aayush Majumdar

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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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