WATCH: Bubba Wallace Barely Misses Hitting the Pace Car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 03/08/2022, 3:45 AM EST
Mar 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during qualifying for the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba Wallace definitely needs to give his guardian angel a massive pay raise. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he had a couple of near-misses during the race. In the end, he crashed out after hitting the wall, but it could have been so much worse. As it turned out, the whole thing started when Erik Jones lost control of his car and crashed into the outside wall.

His #43 car was still in motion and spun back onto the track. At the same time, Wallace used some insane reflexes to dodge the Petty GMS Motorsports car. However, the ride was not over for the 23XI Racing driver, as he spun towards the inside wall. Then, he had a second narrow miss, as the incident occurred near the pit lane exit.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

How did Bubba Wallace get lucky twice?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Apparently, his projected trajectory nearly crossed paths with the exiting pace car. Fortunately, the pace car driver had enough forethought to stop and let the out-of-control car slide ahead of him. Had he continued, it would have been a very nasty incident. In fact, the scene almost unfolded similarly to when Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a track drying truck.

Feb 27, 2022; Fontana, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones (43) during the WISE Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, his race was compromised and he finished all the way down in 25th place. Meanwhile, it was race over for Erik Jones, as his car was far too damaged. Sadly for Wallace, this was his lowest finish in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. However, considering that he had two back-to-back near misses, he should be cut some slack.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Up until then, he had been running at a decent pace and could have enjoyed a good finish. On the bright side, teammate Kurt Busch finished the race in 13th place, earning him a great points haul. Now, Bubba Wallace will have to regroup and hope for a better performance at the Phoenix Raceway next weekend.

DIVE DEEPER

“Wallace Spared His Life” – NASCAR Fans Laud Bubba Wallace for His Quick Thinking in Avoiding Catastrophic Crash With Erik Jones

11 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

13733 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK