Insiders Gang Up to Call Out Michael Jordan’s Team Sabotaging Bubba Wallace

Published 09/27/2023, 7:01 PM EDT

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Texas Motor Speedway witnessed the spotlight on playoff rookie Bubba Wallace. Saturday’s qualifying session saw him claim the pole position, setting the stage comfortably for Sunday’s race. With the green flags waving, Wallace wasted no time and seized the lead, dominating for an impressive 70 laps and maintaining a strong presence throughout the race. Wallace’s career-best performance saw him lead a staggering 111 laps, ultimately securing a commendable third-place finish.

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Yet, disappointment loomed large. Wallace was agonizingly close to advancing into the playoffs round of 8, falling shy of only three points to make the cut. The lingering question on everyone’s mind remains whether Wallace should have prioritized accumulating stage points over chasing a victory that ultimately eluded him. GoPRNLive’s experts didn’t hold back, accusing Michael Jordan and his team of sabotage pondering the what-ifs of Wallace’s playoff journey.

Pit strategy drama as Bubba Wallace faces bittersweet Texas battle

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Amid the roaring engines in Texas, a masterclass in pit strategy could have made all the difference in a playoff journey. Michael Jordan‘s camp failed to take the first cab off rank that Wallace had diligently mastered the day before. He seized the lead early, commanding the race and a Stage 1 victory seemed within his grasp until pit strategy threw a curveball.

Opting for a strategic gamble, the 23XI crew chose to give up the stage 1 win in exchange for a better track position later in the race. It was a calculated risk and one that would ultimately define his day. As the race unfolded, Wallace’s fortunes took an uncertain turn.

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The stakes were high with the playoff cutline looming just two points away. Bubba needed every point he could muster. The final restart was a moment of truth. Wallace had fought his way back to the front, becoming the leader once more. He didn’t have the race-winning speed in those closing laps, but he managed to secure a valuable 37 points, his highest playoff career haul.

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NASCAR reporter Alan Cavanna voiced the sentiment shared by many. Bubba had earned the lead against all odds, going head-to-head with one of the best in the sport. It was a moment of brilliance that deserved a win, but the caution flag intervened. However, the debate raged on about whether the strategic decision to forego the stage 1 win had been the right one.

Those nine points left on the table haunted many, and the prospect of those points making a difference in Wallace’s playoff journey couldn’t be dismissed. It was a gamble that had the potential to affect his Championship 4 dreams. Cavanna reacted,

But I worry that he should have probably won that first stage; that was a nine-point difference. And if we look back after the ROVAL and wonder, can you imagine a scenario where nine points make a difference in whether he advances or not? I sure can.”

23XI’s unwavering support amidst the rollercoaster ride of highs and lows

Lee Spencer, a seasoned NASCAR journalist, couldn’t help but also express her surprise at the strategy, echoing the sentiments of many. She pointed out the decision that raised eyebrows, “We were all sitting there, scratching our heads when they made that call. When Bootie [Barker] made tht call because it’s like he had a shot at the stage win. And to Allan’s point, those points are going to be so valuable when we cross over.

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“But again, winning the pole, leading a career-high number of laps for Bubba, it’s got to be a confidence builder, as much as yesterday hurts and will sting for a while.”

Amidst the disappointment and uncertainty, Steve Lauletta, the president of 23XI Racing, took to social media to offer unwavering support for his driver. Lauletta penned a message,

“I guarantee you @BubbaWallace did not let anyone @23XIRacing down after a strong start to the #NASCARPlayoffs Round of 12. Pole, 111 laps led, stages points, 3rd place finish! Nice to be disappointed with that as the type of driver and team we have.”

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In the midst of this pit strategy drama, Wallace has much to ponder. The pain of missing out on a win was undeniable, but the confidence gained from leading the race provided a silver lining. It was a day filled with lessons and what-ifs, leaving us wondering how this chapter in Wallace’s racing career would affect the larger playoff picture.

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Rashi Shetty

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Rashi Shetty is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. Her passion for the sport extends beyond the thrill of on-track racing, as she finds the behind-the-scenes aspects of car development and sportsmanship equally captivating. Her favorite motorsports moment of 2023 is the NASCAR Garage 56 entry at Le Mans.
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Nischal Kandpal

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