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NASCAR Insider Ousts Michael Jordan’s Prodigy and Ross Chastain to Side With Emergent Road Course Prodigy

Published 10/02/2023, 2:19 PM EDT

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Sunday was not a good day for NBA legend Michael Jordan. Neither of his two full-time drivers was able to finish in a decent position. They now find themselves behind the cutline with just one race left in the round of 12 at the tricky Charlotte Roval. It is unlikely that both of the NBA legend’s drivers will be able to make it through to the next round. Since the next race is essentially a road course, there is one man who a lot of people are putting their money on.

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In the past few races, Michael Jordan’s NASCAR team had been one of the better-performing teams in the playoffs so far. But the Talladega weekend was not one of the better ones. They will have to bring that form to the Roval if they want either of their two drivers to make it through to the next round.

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While 2023 has been a good year for 23XI Racing, there is no such thing as too much success. If the team manages to get at least one of their two drivers into the round of 8, it would be a great achievement for Michael Jordan. But who can be that one man? NASCAR journalist Jordan Bianchi recently made his opinions clear about the matter. The debate was between three drivers, Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, and Ross Chastain.

According to Bianchi, it is the driver of the No. 45 who holds the best chance of winning at Charlotte and cementing his place in the round of 8. Tyler Reddick has been in fantastic form when it comes to road courses this season. He earned an impressive victory earlier this year at one of the most iconic road courses on the calendar, COTA.


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On a recent episode of The Teardown, Bianchi said, “Reddick was extremely confident on pit road after the race that he was gonna move on and about his chances at Roval. I think he’s right. I think if you look at it, we know Bubba Wallace, road courses are still not the best part of his game. He’s done a good job of managing it this year, Watkins Glen and Indy specifically but Reddick is the better road course racer. Period. And he has an opportunity to go there and he could sweep both stages, easily, you know. He can win that race, easily.” 

“I mean he’s one of those guys on the shortlist of favorites, he’s one of the top-5 favorites to win there. So I like him a lot. Chastain’s been good on road courses before but that team is just so-so but out of those three guys, Reddick has to be the choice, I don’t think there’s anyone else you can make even a case for against Reddick. Reddick is so good on road courses and so attuned, and that team is good, it’s hard not to think they are going to find a way whether winning that race or getting enough points,”  Bianchi added.

Reddick finished 16th at Talladega. It was obviously not the best result for the driver of the No. 45 whose comments had led people to think that there was some sort of an internal conflict at 23XI Racing.

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Ahead of the Talladega race, Reddick had made it clear that when push came to shove, it would be every driver for themselves to get into the round of 8.


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“I mean you help yourself by helping your line for the most part. If you can get around fellow even teammates, that’s better. So I wouldn’t say it’s quite that crazy like you are not gonna sacrifice your own line just because the guy in front of you is battling around the same position that you are on points,” he had said earlier.

Bubba Wallace also said something similar, further strengthening fans’ doubts about there being a conflict within the team.

“Yes, it is nice to be able to have people to rely on and get some insight from, but at the end of the day they are competitors,” the driver of the No. 23 had said.


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At this point in the Cup Series, it really is every driver for themselves. There can only be one Cup Series champion. All that’s left is to see if either one of Michael Jordan’s drivers can make it all the way to the top of the mountain.

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Nilavro Ghosh


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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. He started his journey as a motorsports fan with Moto GP and Formula One, before gravitating towards NASCAR a few years back. The high-octane nature of stock car racing paired with the racecraft on display drew him into the sport.
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Nischal Kandpal