NASCAR: Bubba Wallace Is Ready for College Football’s Return with Pic in Full Pads at Tennessee Practice

by Quentin Blount

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace looks like he is happy that college football is back. Wallace, a die-hard Tennesee Volunteers fan, took to social media to hype up his team prior to their season opener against the Bowling Green Falcons.

If you have been a fan of Bubba Wallace for a while, then you know that his history as a Tennessee fan is well-documented. As a matter of fact, the NASCAR star practiced with the Vols back in 2016 when they were coached by Butch Jones. That was to promote the “Battle at Bristol” against Virginia Tech.

Speaking of which, Wallace posted a picture on Thursday that shows him at a Tennessee practice. He is decked out in a Tennessee practice jersey, helmet, and full pads while catching a pass. In the caption of the photo, Wallace tags the new head coach for the Volunteers, Josh Heupel.

“Put me in Coach! @coachjoshheupel #GBO” Wallace wrote alongside his photo.

Bubba Wallace is hoping that this year can be a breath of fresh air. The Vols will be looking to new head coach Josh Heupel to return them back to their winning ways following. Over the last three years, former head coach Jeremy Pruitt led Tennessee to a 16-19 record, including a Gator Bowl win back in 2019.

Now, Wallace has been critical of the team in the past. And he hasn’t been shy about showing his frustration with the team online. In fact, he has made several social media posts criticizing them at different moments, including their 1-3 start in 2019.

And if you didn’t already know, Bubba Wallace also has a relationship with former Tennessee star running back Alvin Kamara. Kamara now plays in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and is widely considered to be one of the best running backs in the entire league. Kamara is a huge NASCAR fan and his favorite driver is none other than Bubba Wallace.

Bubba Wallace Not in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs

It was definitely an up-and-down season for Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing, but the NASCAR driver was at least able to finish strong.

Wallace is the driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry for 23XI Racing. And even though he won’t be heading to the playoffs this year, he is happy that his team was able to pull out a second-place finish on Saturday at Daytona. He needed a win badly going into the race, and he did everything in his power to come away with one. But in the end, he came up just one spot short. He offered up his thoughts about everything after the race.

“Stay in it, that’s all you can do,” the NASCAR driver explained. “It’s good to give us a finish we deserved. I don’t think we were a winning car, so I can’t hang my head too much. But knowing that we needed a win and we came up just short stings a little bit.”