“Won’t Have Sabotaged Engines This Time” – Bubba Wallace & Kyle Busch Win NASCAR Majority in Unofficial 2023 Poll

Published 10/01/2022, 11:45 AM EDT
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 03: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota, waves to fans onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 03, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

There might be multiple names that come to one’s mind when someone asks who would see major performance improvement next year. But after an unofficial pole, it seems that fans are looking forward to two drivers specifically next season.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Darian Gilliam of Black Flags Matter asked, Give me two drivers that you think will have a major performance improvement in 2023?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Majority of the answers reflected either, Kyle Busch or Bubba Wallace. Busch has had an unpleasant season so far. Even though he initially made it to the playoffs, he later was eliminated at Bristol after suffering an engine failure. Throughout the season there were also massive doubts lingering about the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s future, many even question if he would be able to continue with NASCAR altogether. However, all of that was answered after, Richard Childress Racing announced that Busch would be driving with them from 2023 onwards.

On the other hand, Bubba Wallace failed to make it into the playoffs. He also struggled at the start of the season, mostly due to his long-standing issues with his pit crew. But thankfully, towards the end of the season, the 23XI racing driver was able to find his mojo back and went on to score his second career win at Kansas, while competing for the owner playoffs with Kyle Busch’s #45 car.

NASCAR fans say Bubba Wallace or Kyle Busch would most likely see massive performance boosts next year

Both drivers are on fresh contracts as they would begin their next season with their respective teams. Wallace signed a contract extension with 23XI, which surely would have played its part in motivating Wallace to perform better. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch made the jump from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing after spending 15 years with JGR.

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Wheaties Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 27, 2022 in Fontana, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Fans stated,

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY: Team Owner Joe Gibbs Vows to Confront NASCAR Over Kyle Busch Sanctions in Richmond

Who do you think would have the biggest performance gains come next year? Let us know in the comments.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Srijan Mandal

611 articles

Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK