NASCAR: Bubba Wallace Addresses ‘Growing Pains’ After Finishing 28th in Las Vegas

by Quentin Blount
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It wasn’t the finish that popular NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace had hoped for, but he says he and his team will learn from the experience moving forward.

Wallace is of course driving in his first season with Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s 23XI Racing. And while he has had a tough go of it to start the 2021 season, things didn’t get any easier for Wallace and company right out of the gates at the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Bubba Wallace had some troubles in Stage 1 of the race, including speeding on the pit road. He also was forced to pit with a power steering issue that put him a lap back. The driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry ended up falling four laps behind when he had to pit again thanks to a suspected oil leak.

The mechanical issues were just part of a tough outing this weekend. Wallace ended up finishing in 28th. He took to his official Twitter page shortly after the race was over to share his perspective on how things turned out.

“Growing pains. We’ll continue fighting, learning, adapting. Proud of this team and the progress we made throughout the race, sometimes things are just out of your control though,” Wallace wrote on Twitter. “If things don’t go your way, use it as a learning experience. Plus, this scheme was 🔥. @Columbia1938”

The tweet from Bubba Wallace has gotten more than one thousands likes in the short time since going live. His fans also sent him well wishes after the race had concluded.

One fan, Sarah Davis Dean (@sarahdavisdean), wrote, “Great attitude. And you made up 10 spots after the mechanical issue. That’s not too shabby 💪 Yall will get there. It was a 🔥 scheme AND fit 💙.”

Bubba Wallace Congratulates Kyle Larson on Win

While Bubba Wallace finished in 28th place on Sunday, fellow driver Kyle Larson brought home his first win since 2019.

The win was a particularly meaningful win full Larson. As most NASCAR fans know by now, the 28-year-old was suspended last April for using a racial slur.

Meanwhile, after his win Sunday night’s Pennzoil 400, it was Bubba Wallace, the only black driver at NASCAR’s highest level, who was there to congratulate him. Larson said that gesture “meant a lot to him.”

“He always does a really good job of congratulating the winners,” Larson said after the race. “I saw him waiting to say ‘Hi,’ or whatever to me. So I ran over there and just had a quick moment with him. He said, ‘Congrats,’ and, you know, he’s always believed in me, so that was special. It was really cool to have him come by and take time out of his post-race where he could be on his way to the airport to go home. But for him to come over was really cool. I hope they can start getting better luck with that race team and have some good runs like they deserve.”

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