NASCAR Fans Unhappy With Bubba Wallace for Trying to ‘Stir the Pot’ After Austin Cindric’s Daytona 500 Win

Published 02/21/2022, 11:32 AM EST
Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Daytona 500 weekend concluded with Austin Cindric winning the race. However, the post-race inspection spelled trouble for the Team Penske and Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing teams. As it turned out, the officials confiscated the wheels on Friday morning for investigation. In light of that, 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace took a dig at the ‘illegal’ wheels.

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However, it seems that not many fans appreciated the dig. In fact, several of them called out the #23 driver for it. Many of them acknowledged that those tires did not affect the performance much. Meanwhile, some other fans declared that he was already gifted a win last year, and asked whether he wanted to ‘earn’ it.

This was a reference to his maiden Cup Series win at the Talladega Superspeedway. At that time, the race was stopped due to inclement weather conditions, and Wallace was the race leader. So, he pretty much got the win and it counted as his first win in his NASCAR Cup career.

Where did Bubba Wallace finish in the Daytona 500?

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In the end, Wallace finished in 2nd place, just behind Cindric. The 23XI Racing driver was just three feet shy of the victory and was understandably upset. This could have been the dream start for the driver and the team. As an added bonus, it would have shut up critics who felt that he lucked out with his Talladega win.

Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Wallace said, “What could have been, right? Man, need to talk about some happy stuff here. I’m just dejected, but the thing that keeps me up is just the hard work that we put into our speedway stuff and the hard work from everybody at 23-11 (Racing), proud of them, can’t thank them enough.”

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Now, all that he can do is move on from the Daytona 500 and look ahead to the other races. After all, the season has just begun and this gives him plenty of time to redeem himself.

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