Bubba Wallace posted a photo of a soothing south Florida sunset Saturday as he capped off a day of prep for the Dixie Vodka 400.
He gave the OK emoji as he shared the photo taken at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bubba Wallace starts 19th on the grid for Sunday’s race, the third of the NASCAR season. Drivers will try to complete 267 laps around the track to finish the race.
The Dixie Vodka 400 used to be the end of the NASCAR season. But now it’s flipped to be one of the early races on the schedule.
Bubba Wallace Starts Way Behind Team Owner In Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400
Denny Hamlin owns the pole position. And he’s also the defending champion. Hamlin obviously loves this race. This is the fifth straight year he’ll start it from the top spot on the grid. He hasn’t started this race outside the top five since 2014.
Hamlin also is a team owner. He and basketball legend Michael Jordan own the new team 23XI racing. And Bubba Wallace drives the No. 23 Toyota Camry for the team. Although Wallace managed only a 17th place finish on Valentine’s Day at the Daytona 500, he’s still the talk of NASCAR world.
Bubba Wallace became the first Black driver to lead a lap at Daytona. He took the official lead on lap 129. Coincidentally, he lost the advantage to Hamlin. Wallace was third at the end of the second stage.
He got caught up behind a wreck on the final lap, a big reason why he finished 17th. Michael McDowell won the race in a significant upset.
Bubba Wallace tweeted after the race: “Bum end. I bailed out down the back saw the wreck happening and got run over from behind. Should’ve bailed sooner,” Wallace tweeted. “Fast car, can’t have loose wheels. Onto the right turns.”
Michael Jordan said of Bubba Wallace: “I feel like he’s going to learn how to win. He’s got the talent,” Jordan told Fox Sports. “We would not have invested in him and picked him if he didn’t have the talent to win. By the end of the year, I think he’s going to have an opportunity and probably will win at least a couple of races. If it’s more, I’d be elated.”
Bubba Wallace started 17th for last year’s Dixie Vodka 400. NASCAR pushed the race to June after COVID-19 shuttered all of sports. Wallace finished the race 13th.