“Success Is Gonna Come” – Bubba Wallace Confident of Achieving NASCAR Goals With 23XI Racing Despite Tough Start

Published 03/14/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


It has certainly not been the easiest of starts for Bubba Wallace with his new team, 23XI Racing. Battling against premier organizations, the newly founded outfit will take its time to settle in and look to grow step by step.

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In its inception season in the NASCAR Cup Series, 23XI Racing has had only four rounds of racing so far. But as yet, even a Top-10 finish has currently remained out of their reckoning.

However, their driving representative, Wallace, remains quietly optimistic over achieving success with the team. But at the same time, the 27-year-old believes the immediate target is to be able to get into the ‘rhythm’ first.

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Hopefully people see me as the guy who never gave up when I retire, said Bubba Wallace

He stated, “I think with everything that’s going on off the track, it’s time for some on-track success, so being able to get into the rhythm [and] getting our feet wet [with] everybody at 23XI [is my goal]. The success is gonna come. You just have to be patient.”

Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It most admittedly is a huge learning curve for Wallace and co. given that they would have to find their feet on the path to becoming an established NASCAR team. But he is not one to back down from challenges, which is why Wallace has reaffirmed his commitment to attempt to ‘come out on top’.

“Hopefully, [when I retire] they see me as the guy who never gave up no matter what obstacle was in front. I’ve always tried to break through it and come out on top and be the better man.”

Wallace has the chance to string a good run of results over the next few races

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The 2021 season represents his fourth full-time season in the Cup Series. Hence, all the experience he has gained so far will only prove handy as he enters the prime years of his racing career.

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)

Wallace has done quite a few things right during the races but somehow failed to produce cutting-edge consistency in the latter phases of it. From that perspective, the races at Phoenix, Atlanta, and Bristol offer him an opportunity to make his employers proud.

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Thus, the road ahead for Wallace will continue to have a lot of challenges and hurdles. But his talent and attitude are his key strengths, and they will positively aid him in the journey to come.

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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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