It has been a slow start to the season for NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, quite literally. But he may have found his footing on Sunday.
Bubba Wallace and his fellow Cup Series drivers squared off at the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon. For those who don’t know, Dover is the one-mile sister track of Nashville Superspeedway. The race was the 13th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series event of the 2021 season.
To say it has been a rough go of it for Bubba Wallace would be an understatement. There is no question that the popular driver thought his first season driving for 23XI Racing would have started better. But here we are. So far during the 2021 season, the best finish Wallace has been able to manage is 16th. He had finished in 16th place three times in 12 races prior to Sunday.
But it seems as though he may be getting his groove back. Despite not winning — or even finishing in the top ten — Wallace still managed to finish 11th at Dover. That mark is his best finish so far this season.
NASCAR reporter Daniel McFadin took to social media after the race to tweet the news.
“Bubba brought the No. 23 home in 11th,”McFadin posted on twitter. “@23XIRacing’s best finish yet.”
Alex Bowman Takes Home NASCAR Win at Dover
It’s not how you start, but how you finish, right? At least the was the case for NASCAR driver Alex Bowman on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports was able to take home the win despite only leading the final 98 laps of the race.
It was actually Kyle Larson’s race to lose for most of the day. Larson, who also drivers for Hendrick Motorsports, led a whopping 263 of the 400 laps during Sunday’s Drydene 400. All signs were pointing to a Kyle Larson win, which would have been his first on the track since October of 2019. But a wreck on lap 302 brought the majority of drivers into the pits. And once they came out of pit road, Bowman pulled ahead of his teammate and didn’t let go of the top spot.
With the second-place finish, Kyle Larson finished in the top two for the fifth straight time at Dover. It is also worth noting that in addition to the top-two spots with Bowman and Larson, Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and William Byron finished in third and fourth place, respectively.
It’s safe to say that it was a good day to be a part of Hendrick Motorsports.