NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace is Ready to Channel Inner Mike Rowe for Bristol Dirt Race

by Josh Lanier

Bubba Wallace has a dirty job ahead of him so he’s reaching for his inner Mike Rowe. The NASCAR driver plans to get very dirty at Bristol Motor Speedway. He’s racing in both the Truck and Cup Series dirt track races on Monday.

He finished 11th in the Camping World Truck Series race. The Food City Dirt Race won’t start until 4 p.m. Monday.

The 27-year-old tweeted a GIF of a filthy but smiling Mike Rowe in response to his spotter’s tweet that read “400 laps of dirt racing. Start at noon. Can’t wait”

Rowe hosted a show called Dirty Jobs.

And Wallace is like to get extremely dirty as NASCAR returns to its roots. The Cup Series is running on dirt for the first time in 50 years Monday. He is one of nine drivers pulling double duty Monday. Those drivers include Daniel Suarez, Chase Briscoe, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Stewart Friesen, and Mike Marlar.

Truex Jr. dominated the truck race, and now has a chance to hoist two trophies Monday. Ben Rhodes finished second with Raphael Lessard in third. Todd Gilliland and Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five, NBC Sports said.

Wallace landed a ride last week with Spencer Davis Motorsports. He won on dirt before in the Truck Series at Eldora Speedway in 2014 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“I have the one win in the Truck Series at Eldora and it was a lot of fun. I may need to pull some notes from that race to prepare, but I’m just really looking forward to getting back in a Tundra and starting the Bristol weekend with a win.”

Wallace drove the No. 11 Toyota Tundra in Monday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

NASCAR Makes Rules Change Ahead of Dirt Race

NASCAR said that after early testing and speaking with teams, that it will add extra competition cautions in Monday’s Food City Dirt Race, Autoweek reported.

Effectively, there will be a caution every 50 laps to allow for tire changes. The breaks will also allow for track preparations as well.

Teams complained of tires blistering and cording of tires on the dirt tracks. Teams feared failures, and other serious issues late in the race. So, NASCAR stepped in after speaking with Goodyear.

“This is obviously something we haven’t done in (the Cup Series) in 50 years and we knew … with the character of this track, that we could be presented some things we needed to adjust,” said NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, Scott Miller.

“Based on practice yesterday, higher than anticipated tire wear and y’all saw the dust and everything. So, two things: It gives us more opportunity to prepare the track during these breaks and ensures that the story will be about the racing — and trying to ask the tires to do more than they can isn’t in the best interest of anybody.”