Wallace entered this year with high expectations as the face of 23XI Racing, a new racing company co-owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. The results haven’t been where anyone wanted, and Wallace — one of the sport’s most popular drivers — is off to a slow start in the standings.
As Wallace is prone to doing, he recently fired off a tweet addressing his doubters. Interestingly, this one had nothing to do with the standings.
Bubba Wallace recently tried out NASCAR’s Next Gen car
Technology is always changing, and NASCAR intends to take advantage next season.
NASCAR is expected to debut its next-generation car — currently simply called the Next Gen — in February 2022 during Daytona Speedweeks. The league hoped the car would debut this season, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic delayed its release to 2022.
Autoweek reported in February that Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota had each submitted and received approval for their respective body styles for the Next Gen.
Because NASCAR drivers will be the ones using the next-gen cars, it makes sense that they’d want to test them before the change. Bubba Wallace recently got his turn at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.
Wallace drove one of the prototypes as opposed to a manufacturer-specific model.
Wallace fired a stern and mocking message at his critics
Bubba Wallace took the Next Gen for a spin and walked away without any crashes or injuries.
Now, that may not sound much to you. But to Wallace, it clearly meant a lot, as he addressed those who believed he would fail in the new car with a not-so-cryptic tweet.
“Apologies to all the peeps I let down,” Wallace tweeted in jest. “Next gen car put away without a scratch!”
The veteran driver did not specify who he was addressing in the tweet. It also isn’t certain why Wallace, who partnered with Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to race the No. 23 car at a new company, would devote so much attention to any doubters about a car that he won’t use until next year at the earliest.
Bubba Wallace has had an ugly start at 23XI Racing
This has not been the start to the Cup Series season that Bubba Wallace or 23XI Racing intended.
In fairness to Wallace, some of the outside expectations entering this season bordered on the ridiculous. Wallace, who has never won a race at either the Cup Series or Xfinity Series level, hasn’t placed higher than 16th in a race this year.
Wallace placed 22nd in the final Cup Series standings last year. It always seemed unlikely that a sudden partnership with Michael Jordan would suddenly propel Wallace to the top five of the Cup Series standings.
Wallace has a chance to restart his season at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 21. According to DraftKings, Wallace only had +10000 odds to win the race as of publication.
Betting odds courtesy of DraftKings as of March 20, 2021.