Bubba Wallace Sends Message After Daytona 500: ‘Lot of Racing Left’

by Keeli Parkey

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace was definitely disappointed about how the Daytona 500 ended for him on Sunday (Feb. 14). But, he’s not letting that get him down.

The day after the race, the popular driver shared a positive message on his Twitter account. “A lot of racing left. Excited, appreciative, determined. @23XIRacing,” Wallace posted. A collage of photos also accompanied the text. You can check it out below.

A few of Bubba Wallace’s fans responded to his Monday morning tweet and shared words of encouragement with him.

“Lot of fun seeing you in the mix up front this week. Hoping that continues off the superspeedways. If it doesn’t immediately, I look forward to seeing the growth in that direction. Big believer in you and the group around you,” one fan said.

“Yeah, you can never judge an entire season based on Daytona. As great a track as it is, the real season starts in race two. Head up, eyes straight ahead. You got this,” another shared.

There was also this encouraging post: “Great run last night bro, definitely gonna be in the winning circle this year.”

Bubba Wallace Shares Disappointment About Daytona 500 Finish

Following the end of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Bubba Wallace shared his feeling about how the race ended on Twitter. He finished the race in 17th place.

“Bum end. I bailed out down the back saw the wreck happening and got run over from behind. Should’ve bailed sooner. Fast car, can’t have loose wheels. Onto the right turns,” Wallace posted.

Fans also shared encouragement with Bubba Wallace in response to this tweet.

“You’re gonna have a hell of a year, man. You had a rocket this weekend. Chin up, you will easily prove yourself this season,” one fan posted.

“All good, man, glad you’re okay. You proved tonight that you and 23XI Racing are a threat this season. Best of luck on the road course,” another said.

Despite having to pit with 22 laps remaining in Sunday’s race due to a loose wheel, Wallace returned to the track and tried to help his 23XI co-owner Denny Hamlin win the race. Hamlin, who finished fifth on Sunday, praised Wallace for his efforts at Daytona International Speedway.

“He was running up front and battling for stage wins. That’s what we want to see,” Hamlin said, according to AP.

Even though he didn’t finish the 2021 Daytona 500 where he wanted to, Bubba Wallace still had a reason to celebrate. Wallace led a lap during Sunday’s race, making him the first Black driver to lead a lap at the Daytona 500.

With his second-place result in the 2018 Daytona 500, Wallace set the record for the highest Daytona 500 finish by a Black driver.