Possible Tyler Reddick 2024 landing spots: No. 2 – #23 Toyota
Bubba Wallace leaving 23XI Racing after the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season to pursue another opportunity is not a discussion that many might have predicted happening, but it has emerged as a possibility.
Wallace definitely has the sponsorship to look elsewhere for a new ride, and there are sure to be multiple rides open after the 2023 season. But why would he leave?
There are multiple reasons. For one, Wallace hasn’t been super productive since joining the team as the driver of the #23 Toyota when they entered the sport in 2021. He did win a rain-shortened race at Talladega Superspeedway last October, but his other results have been less than spectacular.
He has just four other top 10 finishes since joining the team last year. Two came at Daytona International Speedway, both runner-up finishes, and another came in a fuel mileage race at Pocono Raceway when he finished in fifth place. The only other one is a 10th place finish at Kansas Speedway.
To put that in perspective, he had five top 10 finishes in his final season with Richard Petty Motorsports alone.
However, while he sits in 24th place in the point standings, eight spots below teammate Kurt Busch, not all of that can be blamed on him.
His pit crew has let him down on multiple occasions, and it’s not a stretch to suggest that he could have several other top 10 finishes this year if not for errors on pit road. He has let out that frustration on multiple occasions throughout the 2022 season.
With that in mind, we can’t neglect to ask one question: was it pure coincidence that the Tyler Reddick announcement came just days after the crew member swap between the #23 team and the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Christopher Bell?
If Wallace leaves 23XI Racing after the 2023 season, Reddick could very well find himself behind the wheel of the #23 Toyota in 2024. But there is still another option.