NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace had a busy 2020, on and off the track.
Wallace just explained his 2021 goals, and it is apparent that he is already committed to making them happen.
Bubba Wallace had a busy 2020
The only active Black driver at NASCAR’s top level, Bubba Wallace has proved he has a place at the table.
The wins haven’t come yet for Wallace, who has yet to record a victory in the Cup Series. However, Wallace has nine top-10 finishes in 112 career races since 2017.
Wallace finished 22nd last season after two consecutive years of finishing 28th.
Racing wasn’t the only priority for Wallace this past season. Wallace continued growing into his role as a social justice voice and a significant figure as NASCAR attempts to become more inclusive.
That role has come with its challenges. Earlier this year, the FBI and NASCAR found a rope fashioned like a noose in Wallace’s garage stall ahead of the Geico 500 in Talladega.
According to Sporting News, the FBI determined Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime.
Wallace has big expectations entering 2021
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The 2021 NASCAR season has a chance to be Bubba Wallace’s best yet.
Wallace has improved behind the wheel each season, and he is becoming more comfortable trying to help the sport grow.
Wallace will race in the No. 23 car, which is a clear reference to the number that Jordan wore in the NBA.
Bubba Wallace’s goal is ‘no more excuses’ next season
Bubba Wallace is aware of the high expectations surrounding him and 23XI Racing next season.
Wallace isn’t hiding from what the 2021 campaign could hold. In an interview with reporters on December 14, Wallace shared his plans for the 2021 season.
NBC Sports transcribed Wallace’s comments.
“It’s December 14 right now, so it’s 17 more days until January 1 – that’s when my new motto of ‘No More Excuses’ starts. So, for 17 more days, I’m gonna have every excuse in the book. But after that, there’s no more excuses why we can’t run up front and compete for wins and show the true talents that I believe I have … If January 1 was [the Daytona 500], then I’m ready for it.”
The concept of “no more excuses” is one that many athletes have used over the years. It ranks up there with “the best shape of his/her life” among memorable sports cliches.
Wallace sounds committed to this goal, and he is aware of what it means to be involved with Michael Jordan. When the 2021 NASCAR campaign begins in Daytona, look for Wallace to showcase his “no more excuses” mantra in action.