“My Best Racetrack” – Bubba Wallace Feels ‘Pumped’ Heading Into 2021 NASCAR Daytona 500

Published 02/09/2021, 1:06 PM EST
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 02: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Covert Auto Group Chevrolet, walks on the grid during the Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by The Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Bubba Wallace is set to have an eventful and crucial season in the Cup Series this year. Joining hands with superstars Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, the 23XI Racing driver has some expectations to fulfill.

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Naturally, much like any other driver, pressure and nerves is something Wallace will be looking to counter with a confident start in the Daytona 500. Speaking on a podcast, he talks about the forthcoming grand event and the Daytona International Speedway.

Bubba said, “Yeah, no I’m pumped because this is an incredible opportunity for me. And I think if we’re looking at the statistics, Daytona might be my best racetrack, from a numbers standpoint.”

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There are so many emotions going into this race, explains Bubba Wallace

“For me personally it’s totally different, but from numbers and just how it comes out on the data, it is my best track. So, we’ve always had a really good three-way program, being a part of the Petty family for the last three years.”

Wallace stormed through the rest of the field to claim a brilliant second-place finish in the 2018 Daytona 500. Reminiscing that, he will aim for a similar result in the 2021 edition of the ‘Great American Race’, and try to go one better.

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)

Wallace continued, “Now switching over to MJ and company with 23XI Racing and Toyota, I’m excited about that.”

“There’s so many emotions going into this race, just with a new team, new personnel, new opportunities, gotta capitalize on everything, so I’m excited about it.”

The 23XI Racing driver has a good record at Daytona

“So, ready to get things going for our biggest race of the year. It’s always been like that and so it’s tradition, so we’re all used to it,” concluded Wallace on the subject.

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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)

Bubba has also attained Top-10 finishes during his stints in the Xfinity and Truck Series at Daytona. It would give him the much-required belief, knowing that his numbers at this track are particularly good.

Hence, it will be fascinating to see just how well he can perform with a new team and refreshed mentality. For all we know, Bubba might just surprise us all and drive himself to Victory Lane in a few days’ time.

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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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