NASCAR: Bubba Wallace Sends Message to Ty Dillon After Driver Narrowly Misses Daytona 500

by Quentin Blount

Popular NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace took to social media yet again on Thursday night to offer up some of his thoughts. This time, however, Bubba Wallace says that he feels for Tyrone “Ty” Dillon after he narrowly missed the cut for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Dillon was among those racing at Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway. The 60-lap qualifying race was won by Aric Almirola as he held off a hard charge from Joey Logano.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell passed Logano to finish in second place. He was followed by Ryan Newman, Logano, and Ryan Preece to round out the top five.

Meanwhile, Ty Dillon came in sixth place. He was beat out by Preece by a meager .04 seconds at the finish line. That was good enough to race his way into the Daytona 500.

However, Wallace and other NASCAR fans are questioning the process that sent Dillon home and gave reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Austin Cindric a starting bid based on qualifying speed. The bid comes despite his 16th-place finish in Thursday’s qualifying race.

“Feel for Tyrone… All of us down here scratching our heads over that rule. 🥴” Wallace wrote on Twitter. “Keep grinding @tydillon”

Many fans seem to agree with Bubba Wallace’s assessment of the race. They were in Wallace’s mentions calling the charter system “garbage.”

Tom Roberts (@tom_roberts_37) replied to Wallace’s tweet saying, “It’s a bad rule. Lock in the charter teams, then let the non-charter teams race their way in. Or, lock in the top two non-charter teams on time, but then let the other guys race their way in. A guy that runs 6th and contends for the win, can’t miss the race to 16th place car!”

Bubba Wallace Shares Update from Daytona

The 23XI signee Bubba Wallace shared an update from Daytona with his fans on Wednesday night. Wallace and his fellow drivers have been preparing for the big race this weekend. And on Sunday, he will finally debut his brand new No. 23 car in the fourth spot on the grid.

If his photos are any indication, he and his team are more ready than ever. “Today was a good day 🤟🏽” Wallace posted.

As you can see, the pictures show Wallace decked out in racing gear and ready to go. It also shows his car and his team preparing for their debut. With Doordash as his main sponsor, Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 23 Toyota decked out in its red and white color scheme.