NASCAR: Bubba Wallace takes a shot at critics on Twitter

Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Bubba Wallace made some interesting comments on Twitter following his test of the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car at Richmond Raceway.

23XI Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace added his name to the short list of drivers who have gotten the opportunity to test out the Next Gen car that the Cup Series is slated to use beginning next year.

Wallace’s test behind the wheel of the Gen 7 machine took place on Wednesday at Richmond Raceway, marking the second test at that particular track and the first since the inaugural test of the car with Austin Dillon back in October 2019.

When it was announced that the 27-year-old Mobile, Alabama native would become the ninth driver to officially test the new car, it prompted mixed reactions from the sport’s fanbase, as you can imagine given the events of the past year.

Suffice it to say that most fell into the negative category, as expected.

So after Wallace got done turning laps around the four-turn, 0.75-mile (1.207-kilometer) oval in Richmond, Virginia, he posted this message to his Twitter followers, aimed specifically at the critics who predicted that he would wreck the car during the test.

Through the first five races of the 36-race 2021 season, Wallace sits in 19th place in the point standings despite not yet having recorded a top 15 finish.

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His top result so far is his 16th place finish at Phoenix Raceway, although his point total is boosted significantly by his second place finish in his Daytona 500 Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying race (nine points) and his results in the Daytona 500’s first two stages (third and seventh for eight and four points, respective).

Without those 21 points, he would be sitting in 23rd place in the point standings, just behind Erik Jones, who replaced him at Richard Petty Motorsports behind the wheel of the #43 Chevrolet after last season.

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Wallace is set to get back behind the wheel of his #23 Toyota in this Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This race is set to be broadcast live on Fox beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. Wallace is set to start the race in 15th place.