Bubba Wallace comes up short in debut with 23XI Racing


It’s no secret that Bubba Wallace came into the 2021 NASCAR season with something to prove, and it all started at the Daytona 500. Although Bubba Wallace was able to stay up front for much of the evening, even running in the top 5 at one point, bad luck on pit road ultimately ended his chances of winning.Not only was it a blow to Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, who put together 23XI Motorsports in order to hire Bubba Wallace Jr., it was also a huge hit to someone who is supposed to be a contender in NASCAR. It also begs the question of whether he is the right driver for the job or not.Bum end. I bailed out down the back saw the wreck happening and got run over from behind. Should’ve bailed sooner🤷🏾‍♂️Fast car, can’t have loose wheels.Onto the right turns— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) February 15, 2021That conversation aside, Wallace Jr. was taken out of the race after his team failed to secure all three lugnuts during a pitstop. This forced Bubba Wallace Jr. to come back down pit road and get the tire secured. Once this happened, the young driver found himself a lap down and competing for a top 20 finish.You might also like: Why Bubba Wallace Jr. could be the man to beat in 2021Bubba Wallace Jr. would eventually finish 17th in his new ride, which makes next week’s race at the Daytona road course crucial for the team. If he can bounce back, it will mean a nice little leap up in the standings, and might even be enough to lift him into the playoff picture.Why Bubba Wallace Jr. needs a good runIf he can’t finish strong on the Daytona Road Course, however, he risks running into the same criticism that he was subjected to last year. His role with NASCAR will be endlessly questioned, reinitiating his earlier downfall.In the end, Bubba Wallace Jr.’s NASCAR career will come down to how he responds to these setbacks and what happens next. Hopefully he will be able to rebound in some form and pull off his first top 10 finish of the season. Either that, or risk opening the flood gates of criticism for the remainder of the season.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 12:23 IST

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Michael Jordan “hooked on NASCAR,” excited about first race as team owner 



NBA legend Michael Jordan played in more than 1,000 NBA games, but he’s rarely been as nervous as he was Sunday before the Daytona 500.It was the first race for Michael Jordan, NASCAR team owner. Jordan’s 23XI Racing made its debut Sunday in the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race.“I’m nervous. I know I am going to be nervous, and I have two winners here,” Michael Jordan said in a pre-race interview with Fox’s Michael Strahan. “It’s a different type of nervous. When I’m on the court, I can go rebound, I can go shoot, I can play defense. Here, all I can do is cheer.”Michael Jordan formed his new team last year with active NASCAR star Denny Hamlin, who has won 44 NASCAR Cup Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing. The team, which has technical support from Gibbs, hired African-American driver Bubba Wallace as the team’s first driver.Michael Jordan, Hamlin and Wallace sat down with Strahan for a special interview that aired on Fox’s pre-race show prior to the Daytona 500.“I’m excited, I’m nervous … but I think when we get ready to play a big game, we can be nervous but we are in control,” Jordan told Strahan, who played in the NFL.Also Read: Ryan Newman says he’s lucky to be alive after 2020 crashHow did Michael Jordan become a team owner?Michael Jordan, who has six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and is widely regarded as the best player in NBA history, revealed that he has been a NASCAR fan his whole career.

“My father used to pack the whole family and we’d go to Darlington, we’d go to Rockingham, we’d go to Charlotte, we came down to Daytona and Talladega, and we would go and spend the whole day,” Jordan said on Fox. “From that point on, I’ve been hooked on NASCAR.”Michael Jordan said he decided to become a NASCAR team owner because there were no black team owners in the sport.“I have thought about it so many different times because I had never seen a black car owner or someone of color who really owned their team or could dictate what happens with their team,” Jordan said. “We hadn’t really been dominant in this sport, but the opportunity had never been presented.”According to Fox, Wallace had not actually met Michael Jordan until the Fox interview with Strahan. He said he was thrilled, however, to hear from Jordan after agreeing to drive for the team.”I got 60 to 75 text messages after we announced that night,” Wallace said. “And I got about 10 unknown numbers, and then I get one and I am reading the message and at the bottom it said MJ. I said … ah, awesome. Michael Jordan just texted me, this is cool.”Also Read: Early Daytona crash takes out 16 carsThough Wallace has never won a NASCAR Cup Series race, Hamlin and Jordan both agreed he was the right choice for the new 23XI team. Bubba Wallace climbs into his car prior to the Daytona 500. Photo/Getty Images“He was the guy we were going to go after right away,” Hamlin said. “He (Jordan) believed in Bubba’s talent. He was the guy we wanted to build this program around.”“I think he presents a great opportunity, not just as an African-American but in terms of his talent, someone who aspires to be good. All we have to do is support him,” Jordan said.

While Hamlin just wants the new team to improve throughout the season, Jordan expects to win.“I feel like he knows how to win,” Jordan said of Wallace. “He’s got the talent. 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 is going to have the opportunity and probably will win at least a couple of races. If it’s more, I will be elated.”Michael Jordan, who also owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, plans to be at the track as much as possible.“If I’m not there physically, you can believe I’m there mentally,” he said.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 03:45 IST

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“We were just getting pushed too hard too early” — Aric Almirola on Daytona 500 crash


The Daytona 500 crash that erupted early on Sunday took out several top contenders, including Aric Almirola, a victim of drivers being too aggressive too early in NASCAR’s biggest race.Almirola was running near the front of the field when the Daytona 500 crash got him. He had won one of the Daytona Duels on Thursday and believed he had a car that could have won NASCAR’s biggest race. He got turned in the middle of a big pack of cars when Christopher Bell hit him from behind, igniting the Daytona 500 crash.“We were just getting pushed too hard too early,” Almirola said. “It’s a long, long race. Man, we were in a fine position, just sitting there riding around in the top two, three and the 20 (Bell) just came with a big run and hit me really hard in a bad spot and it turned me to the right and tore up our race car and ended our Daytona 500 way too early.”Bell appeared to get bumped from behind by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, forcing him into the back of Almirola’s Ford. Almirola collected the car of pole-sitter Alex Bowman, and both cars crashed hard into the outside wall.Also Read: Ryan Newman “lucky to be alive” after 2020 crash“It looks like the No. 10 (Aric Almirola) kind of got turned sideways there and I was the guy that got ran into,” Bowman said. “Bummer. … Obviously, we had a really fast Camaro.”What caused the Daytona 500 crash?The wreck was a typical Daytona 500 crash, taking out 16 cars. The “Big One” is a staple of restrictor-plate racing at Daytona and Talladega. The difference this time is that this Daytona 500 crash happened on Lap 14.“It’s just unfortunate to have a bunch of torn-up race cars that early,” said David Ragan, who was also involved. “I’ve never met a driver that said, ‘Hey, I’m gonna start this 500-mile race and just be super-aggressive.’ We all talk about give and take and making it to the end, but it seems nobody does that once they get out there. It’s frustrating that everybody is pushing and shoving and I just saw the 48 (Bowman) get turned and whenever someone wrecks in the top five or six it tears up a lot of cars.”

Also Read: Fans pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt at DaytonaAlmirola was one of several dark horses looking to win the Great American Race for the first time. Other contenders involved in the Daytona 500 crash included former Daytona 500 winners Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman as well as Martin Truex Jr., William Byron and Ryan Blaney.Bowman started from the pole, and even he could not miss the Daytona 500 crash.“Hate that superspeedway racing works out that way sometimes, but that’s just part of the game,” Bowman said.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 04:18 IST

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Bubba Wallace leads first Daytona 500 practice



Bubba Wallace led the first Daytona 500 practice session at the Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, pacing the field at 199.747 mph. The driver of the new No. 23 XI Racing Toyota team turned 20 laps overall at the 2.5-mile oval.Bubba Wallace leads all-Toyota top 5Behind Bubba Wallace, four more Toyotas, all from the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) stables, made up the top 5 on the leaderboard. First among them was Martin Truex Jr. at 199.694 mph, whose contract, it was revealed Wednesday morning, had been extended by JGR to run through to the end of the 2022 season.More about Bubba Wallace: Daytona 500 Team Preview: 23XI Racing with Bubba Wallace2020 Daytona 500 winner and 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin was third-fastest (199.689 mph), ahead of Tuesday night’s Busch Clash winner Kyle Busch (199.627 mph) while Christopher Bell (199.623 mph) rounded out the top 5 as the newest driver of No. 20 car.Jamie McMurray (199.358 mph) and Corey LaJoie (199.159 mph) led the way for Chevrolet in sixth and seventh respectively in their Spire Motorsports entries.Fords completed the rest of the top 10, with Michael McDowell’s No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford the quickest of the lot, at 198.957 mph, ahead of Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman (198.645 mph) and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer (198.295 mph).Anthony Alfredo loses the wayHaving run the Xfinity race here last July, it wasn’t the first time that Cup Series rookie Anthony Alfredo was navigating his way out of the garage area at Daytona International Speedway. Nonetheless, he still lost his way momentarily.

A series of photos captured by Jeff Gluck shows the Ridgefield, CT native attempting to enter the race track via the one-way garage exit, before quickly reversing his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford to get going in the right direction.Busch Pole Qualifying is set to get underway later this evening at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, which will set the field for Thursday’s Duels.You might also like: When is the Daytona 500: Start times, TV schedule, qualifying for NASCAR Speedweeks
Published 11 Feb 2021, 00:33 IST

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Kyle Larson “extremely grateful” to get second chance in NASCAR Cup Series 



Kyle Larson thought his NASCAR racing career was over. After he was suspended indefinitely for uttering a racial slur during an online iRacing event last year, Larson thought he might never race in the NASCAR Cup Series again.Kyle Larson, 28, was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, lost all of his NASCAR sponsors and left the sport just as racial tension gripped the United States again. As rival and friend Bubba Wallace took the lead in NASCAR’s efforts to promote diversity and racial equality, Kyle Larson was off racing sprint cars and late models on dirt tracks throughout the country.But after going through NASCAR’s racial sensitivity training and making other efforts to promote racial equality, Larson was reinstated near the end of last season, opening the door for him to return — if anyone would hire him.Kyle Larson got his second chance from Hendrick Motorsports and team owner Rick Hendrick, who hired him to, in essence, replace retiring seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Larson will drive Hendrick’s No. 5 Chevrolet, while teammate Alex Bowman will move to Johnson’s No. 48.Daytona 500 Preview: Kyle Larson and Hendrick MotorsportsKyle Larson met with the media Monday for the first time since his return and said he is “grateful” for another opportunity in NASCAR’s Cup Series.“I feel extremely grateful,” Larson said in a Zoom conference with the media. “I never really thought I would get another chance to race in NASCAR and I kind of accepted that throughout the middle of last year and I tried to shift my focus towards what’s ahead in my new life of racing a bunch, driving up and down the road and stuff like that. I was trying to figure out how that would be with my family, my kids, once they start school. So, yeah, like I said, I’m grateful for the opportunity that Mr. H has given me. It’s pretty unbelievable and I’m very thankful. I hope to do a good job for everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and all my sponsors — just do a good job on and off the track to really take advantage of this second chance that I may not have deserved.”Also Read: Kyle Larson picks up two new sponsors at HendrickHow many NASCAR races has Kyle Larson won?

Kyle Larson, a former sprint-car and dirt-track star, entered NASCAR with huge expectations. With ringing endorsements from such NASCAR legends as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, he was expected to be a big star right away.Kyle Larson struggled, however, in his first two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing. After two winless seasons, he scored his first NASCAR Cup victory in 2016. The following year, he finally broke out with four wins in the No. 42 Chevrolet. In six full seasons with Ganassi, Larson had six career Cup victories and four top-10 points finishes.His career went off the rails, however, when he used the N-word toward a friend during an online iRacing event while live NASCAR was halted during COVID. Kyle Larson was immediately suspended by NASCAR, ending his season.What did Kyle Larson do during his NASCAR suspension?Kyle Larson proved during his suspension that he can still win in a variety of vehicles. He won an astounding 46 dirt races last summer and scored a record seven straight sprint car victories in Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions series.He is excited about returning to NASCAR with one of the sport’s elite organizations. Hendrick is NASCAR’s all-time winningest team and has won 13 Cup Series championships, including Chase Elliott’s triumph last year.“I’d like to be able to come back to NASCAR, being with an amazing organization that just won the championship, go out there and be strong and win a lot of races too,” Larson said. “I had a 50 percent win percentage last year. Obviously, I know that’s probably impossible to ever happen in NASCAR. But I’d like to be competitive each week, win a lot of races and hopefully contend for the championship.”Daytona 500: Speedweeks schedule, TV, start times Kyle Larson wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race.Though Kyle Larson is a proven winner and could emerge as a championship contender at Hendrick Motorsports, he knows he has plenty of work to do on his image and reputation off the track. He began that process late last year, addressing the controversial incident up front and working to show he has learned from his mistake and changed.

“I think I do have a lot to prove off the race track, showing people who I really am and showing people the good person that I know am,” he said. “Yeah, I think there is definitely a lot I need to prove on and off the race track, and I’m looking forward to getting that started here in a few days.”Larson’s comeback will begin Wednesday with practice and qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. His first race with Hendrick will be Thursday in the Duel at Daytona, which will set the field for the 63rd Daytona 500.Kyle Larson can’t wait to climb behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet for the first time.“I think I’m just really excited,” he said. “I feel like time has flown by for me up until these last two or three weeks. It’s felt like forever to get down to Daytona. I drove my bus down yesterday and was just excited to get to that day – get to Sunday to get to drive it because I felt like once I got down here, things will start moving a little bit quicker again. Just ready to go. It’s been so long since I’ve been in a Cup car. Now that I’m with a great team, there’s just a lot that I’m excited about.”Kyle Larson’s most excitement comes from just having an opportunity to race in NASCAR again. An opportunity he feared might not ever come again.“I didn’t know if I’d have the opportunity to race in NASCAR, but I was trying to do everything I could on and off the race track throughout last year to try and get that opportunity,” he said. “I’m thankful that Mr. Hendrick saw the work I was putting in and picked up the phone to get me hired on at their race team. It was a tough year, for sure, but I grew as a person, grew as a race car driver, and now I look forward to putting everything together this year and be a great person and a great race car driver.”
Published 09 Feb 2021, 05:57 IST

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Kyle Busch feels like he “got fired” after 2020 struggles, looking to bounce back



Kyle Busch has high standards. With 57 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, not to mention 213 total victories across NASCAR’s three national series, he expects to win and win a lot. The 2020 NASCAR Cup season did not meet those standards. After winning 27 races and his first two Cup championships between 2015-19, Busch won just one race last year and slumped to eighth in points, his worst points finish since 2014. Opinion: Why Kyle Busch and Richard Petty’s 200 wins can’t be comparedNow, with a new crew chief and a whole new team at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch, 35, is looking to bounce back in a big way and make up for lost time. Anything less than five wins this season will be a big disappointment.“To me, a five-win season is a good win season,” Kyle Busch said Friday in a Zoom conference at NASCAR Media Day. “That has always kinda been my number of what you should have. And if you are ever short of that, then hopefully there are years where you are past that, your seven-win seasons, your eight-win seasons, in order to rebuild those years you were short on wins. I feel like I am probably behind the 8-ball not having as many five-win seasons as I would like to have had through my career, so there is definitely some catching up to do, for sure.”Prior to last season, Kyle Busch averaged 5.4 wins per year over the previous five seasons, including matching his career-high with eight wins in 2018. He has won at least one Cup race in each of his 16 full-time seasons and has had just five seasons with only one win. After four of those single-win seasons, he bounced back and won big the following year, starting with his first eight-win season with Gibbs in 2008.Also read: Kyle Busch on reaching 200 career victories: ‘All I do is win, win, win!’Kyle Busch confident he will bounce back in 2021Remember When: Kyle Busch appeared on WWE

Kyle Busch has a habit of bouncing back after lean seasons.“I have had one-win seasons before,” he said. “Fortunately for me, the following seasons, we have come back and been able to win three, four, five, eight, whatever it’s been in those following seasons.”This, though, might be Busch’s greatest challenge. He will enter 2021 with a new crew chief after Adam Stevens, who led him to his two championships, moved to Gibbs’ No. 20 team to work with new driver Christopher Bell. Busch will work with Ben Beshore, his former team engineer and Xfinity Series crew chief.Most of Kyle Busch’s crew from last season followed Stevens to Bell’s No. 20 car, while the No. 20 crew that worked with Erik Jones last year moved to Busch’s No. 18. The drastic moves have left Busch feeling like he has moved to an entirely new team, which, in a sense, he has.“I kinda feel like I got fired from the 18 car and moved over to the 20 guys with the way everything kinda played out and how it looks in the shop,” he said. “There is this whole thing mentally in my head that I kinda got fired and rehired, so maybe that will hold true with how it looked in 2007-2008 from Hendrick to Gibbs and I went off and won eight races. It’s a new challenge, it’s a whole new group but looking forward to it.”Why did Kyle Busch struggle in 2020?Kyle Busch had a wildly inconsistent season last year, scoring just 14 top-five finishes, his lowest total since 2014. He didn’t win until the 34th race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway. He attributes his struggles to there being no practice and qualifying during a strange season disrupted by COVID-19. Because of the virus, NASCAR had to take six weeks off and scrapped all practice and qualifying to reduce time at the track and contact in the garage area.Also Read: Kyle Busch teammate Denny Hamlin signs new contract Kyle Busch is one of the best drivers in the garage at making quick adjustments to his car and dialing it in for race day. But with no practice, he and other drivers had to rely on race simulators in the shop to figure out the right setup for each track. That process threw Busch and his team for a loop.

“I feel like my team, Adam especially, they always do a really good job of preparing and giving me the best race car they can at the race track, but sometimes you don’t just don’t quite read the exact information or pick up on the exact information that you need to from simulation because the simulator can’t tell you what the car is doing, if it’s bouncing off the tire or sliding the tire. It can’t tell you how the car is reacting to the tire and the race track.”Having Kyle Busch and his 57 career wins worth of experience behind the wheel is the best simulator a team can have.“I am the best computer we have got,” he said. “Having me be behind the wheel to describe what is happening in that race car during practice sessions is pivotal, and we just didn’t have that last year. We didn’t have that opportunity last year so we had to resort to different circumstances to make ourselves better and we just kind of fell short on that I feel like.”How Kyle Busch finally won in 2020The team hit on something, however, with its victory at Texas. Busch said his team implemented a “philosophy shift” late in the season and built a brand-new car for Texas using a method it had not employed before. It worked, with Kyle Busch leading 90 laps and holding off teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the win.

“I feel like that’s what we are all looking for and striving for,” he said. “… I feel like that kind of opened up some eyes around JGR as a whole and what we can do in order to get ourselves back into the right frame of mind in order to go out there and have a more successful season as a group, as a four-car group. … We want to get JGR back at the peak to go out there and win races.” The last time Kyle Busch switched crew chiefs, he bounced back the following season to win five races and his first championship. Three years later, he won eight races, and then bagged his second championship in 2019.He hopes his latest change launches another championship run.“Obviously, being with a new crew chief, that is going to be an interesting play,” he said. “It’s going to take a little time to get used to, but there is not a whole lot of time for us to get used to one another and working with one another at the race track. It’s just get in and go. It will be interesting to see how all that plays out.” 
Published 06 Feb 2021, 05:49 IST

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