“Short-Lived Career” – Bubba Wallace Explains Being ‘Hard’ on His Future Kids

Published 11/10/2021, 1:11 PM EST
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 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace has enjoyed a fantastic year in the Cup Series with 23XI Racing in 2021. This also includes his maiden Cup win at his home race at the Talladega Superspeedway. Ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series finale at the Phoenix Raceway, Wallace made an appearance on the TV show, ‘The Shop: Uninterrupted’.


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Speaking on the show, he said, “I sit there and I often think about the day when I have kids. I tell my fiancee, ‘If our kids want to get into racing, it’s going to be a short-lived career or its gonna take off.’ I’m going to be so hard, cause I can notice now, ‘Oh they have it!’ I can go to the race track and watch some kids racing. I’m like, ‘this kid is going to be good.’ You can just see that. I started when I was 9, which is late.”

What else did Bubba Wallace say?


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He confessed that he did not have many desires or dreams or aspirations to be where he is. All that he wanted to do was to race and have fun on the race track. So, it came as a pleasant surprise that his career is seeing him climb up the ladder. Bubba Wallace also admitted that he failed to realize, until four years ago, that every rung on that ladder is a step forward in his career.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) makes a pit stop during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Wallace competed in the Cup Series finale on Sunday, but endured a poor race, crashing out and being classified 39th. In spite of that hiccup, he has performed fairly decently. First and foremost, he recorded a second place finish at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. In addition to that, he scored a fifth place at Pocono, as well as a handful of Top 20 finishes in 2021. Finally, he capped everything off with his unexpected win at Talladega

Now, the #23 driver will be eagerly waiting for the 2022 Cup Series season to begin. The driver will remain with the 23XI Racing, but will have a new teammate in the form of Kurt Busch. Without a doubt, Busch will bring a massive amount of experience to the table next year.


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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.