NASCAR: Bubba Wallace’s team broke an obscure rule at Michigan

The #23 23XI Racing team of Bubba Wallace broke an obscure rule in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway pertaining to his car number.

As NASCAR fans learn pretty much every weekend, there are quite a few interesting rules in the rule book that can come back to bite teams and drivers.

However, some are a bit more comical than others, especially among those that don’t actually have to do with the performance of the car.

And that’s exactly the kind of rule that Bubba Wallace and the #23 23XI Racing team broke in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

According to Rule 7.6.e in the NASCAR Rule Book, “Roof numbers must read from the driver’s side, not the passenger’s side.”

This was not the case on the #23 Toyota in Sunday’s Cup Series race, as you can clearly see below.

Instead of “23”, the top of the #23 Toyota appeared to read “EZ”. No penalty has been announced for this infraction.

Wallace went on to finish Sunday’s 200-lap race at the four-turn, 2.0-mile (3.219-kilometer) oval in Brooklyn, Michigan in 19th place.

He sits in 21st place in the point standings, meaning that a win in this Saturday night’s regular season-ending Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the only way that he can qualify for the playoffs in his first season driving for the new team co-owned by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan.

WynnBET has Wallace’s odds listed at +1750 (bet $100 to win $1,750) to win this 160-lap race around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) high-banked oval in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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