Bubba Wallace is a divisive figure in NASCAR for multiple reasons and his lack of race products in line with the opportunities presented to him has been a recurring theme in his career. But the cup fans have been witnessing the potential transcribed to results with Bubba Wallace in the second half of the 2022 season though he is still away from the win.
One of the best performances from the No:23 Toyota Camry driver came this weekend at Michigan International Speedway as he secured his first career pole in the cup series and finished P2 at the end behind veteran Kevin Harvick, who drives the No:4 SHR Ford Mustang, at P1. The No:4 driver dominated the final restart and finished two seconds above the TRD driver to secure his win and playoff spot, costing Martin Truex Jr. his shot at the playoff.
Bubba Wallace who started the race at P1 lead the first 21 laps before entering the pit for his first stop which turned out to be a gamble as a crash took put one-fourth of the field costing him track position. But the sole African American racer found his way to the top once again only to see his chances crumbling down at the final restart.
Find out what Bubba Wallace had to say about finishing second
Bubba Wallace acknowledged that they should have taken the top on the restart and pointed out that he thought he could get close with Harvick at the restart and was focused more on racing Kyle Larson. He added that Harvick got great assistance from his ford teammates Joey Logano. Bubba Wallace went on to say that the No:23 team had an incredible weekend and would like to have Toyota at the victory lane.
“Replaying everything I could have done – should have taken the top on the restart. Thought I could hang with the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and just got to racing the 5 (Kyle Larson) and the 22 (Joey Logano). 22 did a great job of getting another Ford contract by helping another Ford win. All in all, an incredible weekend. Appreciate my team. Wish we could have gotten Toyota in victory lane. Wish we could have got Mcdonald’s in victory lane again,” Bubba Wallace said.
Bubba Wallace went on to acknowledge that the disappointment will sit with his heart for a while as he had a fast car yet failed everybody “She was fast all weekend. I will wear this one in my heart for a while. I failed everybody,”.
Bubba Wallace pointed out that if he had got clear of Kyle Larson a bit earlier, as the reigning champion staying tight on him allowed the veteran Harvick to get away and cement his advantage. He added that he could have taken the top lane instead and pushed four and then fought Larson and acknowledged that he hates it for the team.
“Got clear of the 5 (Kyle Larson) sooner. He was doing his part by staying on my quarter there and keeping me tight and allowing the 4 (Kevin Harvick) to get away. Could have taken the top and pushed the 4 and then I could have been the 5 in that center area. Hate it. Hate it for our team. Sucks,” Bubba Wallace added.
Bubba Wallace went on to say that his team did an amazing job on Sunday which had a lot of positives though it has some negatives that deserve attention. He added that this was the best opportunity he had in order to secure the desperate win.
“Just great job all weekend. It was a hell of a job for our team. There were a lot of positives from this weekend, but I’m a person that looks more at the negatives and I need to change that. I want to win so bad and this was the best opportunity,” says Bubba Wallace.
Can Bubba Wallace get the all important win for playoff in the coming three races?