Bubba Wallace

28-Year-Old Driver  
23XI Racing
2022 Fantasy Outlook
With 23XI Racing's first season now in the rearview mirror, Wallace can move on and just build on the performance he had in 2021. While just three Top 10's dotted his results from last season, he did manage to collect career victory number one with his big win late in the season at Talladega. For what the campaign lacked in consistency, the No. 23 Toyota team teased with potential. Wallace led a career-best 62 laps during the season and he and crew chief Bootie Barker will see if they can increase that number in the upcoming season. An all-star sponsor lineup returns to help fund this team's efforts and the organization grows to a two-car operation with the addition of Kurt Busch in 2022. Wallace will benefit greatly from the addition of that experience and feedback that Busch brings to the table. While we're cautiously reserved about too much expectations, there certainly is room to grow for this driver and team. Read Past Outlooks
Xfinity Races with Joe Gibbs
XFINITY Series
March 22, 2022
23XI Racing announced that Wallace, driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD in the NASCAR Cup Series, will compete in two upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing.
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Wallace will make his first start for JGR this weekend at Circuit of the Americas. He'll also get in the No. 18 Toyota at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course later this summer. The effort marks a return for Wallace to Gibbs' Xfinity Series program, where he last raced in 2014. The additional track time on road circuits is hoped to help Wallace better prepare for Cup Series races on these same tracks.
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Little did Wallace know entering his contract season at Richard Petty Motorsports how things would unfold last year. He was likely racing for a new job and new team, but would have never guessed how things would play out. After a five Top-10 finish and 22nd-place points finish campaign, Wallace landed a bunch of new sponsors and grabbed the attention of Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. The duo put together a new team with Wallace's bevvy of new sponsors called 23XI Racing. The team purchased the charter of the now-defunct Germain Racing and will field Toyotas acquired from Leavine Family Racing. Mike Wheeler will assume the crew chief responsibilities and brings five career victories and 148 starts of Cup Series experience to the table. It will be new adventure for Wallace and likely an increase in performance right away, but we would caution against unreasonable expectations for this driver and team this season.
Wallace is entering a contract year at Richard Petty Motorsports. The last two seasons in the No. 43 Chevrolet haven't shown much growth for the young driver. Wallace has managed nearly identical average start and average finish (around 24.0) marks for both campaigns, and he's finished 28th-place in the driver points both seasons. It really has been a flat line performance to this point. RPM will be taking a long, hard look at Wallace this season. With sponsorship getting tougher and tougher to come by, results need to start happening on the track in order for Wallace to secure a contract extension here. That pressure will either galvanize this youngster and he'll step up, or he could completely fold under that pressure. It's tough to predict. However, we do note that he only cracked the Top 20 twice in the final eight events of 2019.
Richard Petty Motorsports welcomes Wallace back for season two in the No. 43 Chevrolet. Last season's Rookie of the Year candidate started strong out of the gates with his runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, but it was a much different story from there on out. The Mobile, Alabama native labored to just two more Top 10s during the season for a total of three for the campaign. Wallace's 24.5 average finish over the course of last season resulted in a 28th-place finish in the final driver standings. We expect some marginal improvement for this driver and team over last season. After all, Aric Almirola was piloting this same car to six or seven Top 10s per year and high teen to low 20 standings finishes for many seasons. Wallace has similar potential. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will continue calling the shots as we see this driver continue to grow this season.
Wallace will finally get his crack at the top level of NASCAR in 2018. He takes over the No. 43 Chevrolet of Richard Petty Motorsports and fills the seat that Aric Almirola vacated. Wallace comes over from Roush Fenway Racing's Xfinity Series team where in five seasons he managed 35 Top-10 finishes and grabbed a top standings finish of seventh-place in 2015. He made four relief appearances for Almirola last season in the No. 43 Ford during his back injury hiatus. The 24-year-old driver performed impressively in those outings collecting two Top-15 and three Top-20 finishes. The relief duty served as an audition for Richard Petty Motorsports, and they saw all they needed to see to give Wallace the ride for 2018. RPM will shift from Ford to Chevrolet in the upcoming season, so Wallace and this team have lots of upside.
Wallace's 2016 season failed to measure up to expectations in a few ways. His Top 10 totals dropped from 14 to nine over the previous year, and he slipped from seventh to 11th in the overall driver standings over 2015. Once again he was held out of victory lane and saw his average finish drop from 11.8 to 15.7 year-over-year. The downturn in performance was disappointing and saw Wallace nowhere near making the Chase for the Cup playoff. Roush Fenway Racing is in a bit of turmoil right now and it's showing up in this race team. Wallace will return for another full schedule in 2017 although not much is known about the team's makeup or the sponsorship package. This young driver will likely face some headwinds again in his pursuit of success in the Xfinity Series.
Wallace didn’t have quite the season we expected for his first full-time effort in the Xfinity Series last year. He claimed no wins and only 14 Top-10 finishes in a season that lacked a lot of week-to-week consistency. Wallace only led 85 total laps during his rookie campaign, so it seemed this team lacked some speed when compared to others. The young driver will get a new crew chief in season two. Matt Puccia takes over atop the No. 6 team’s war wagon and will guide Wallace to hopefully a better season in 2016. While victories are probably a slim hope at this point, we would expect to see a generous increase in Top-5 and Top-10 finishes in the upcoming campaign.
The most dominant car and team in the last five years of Nationwide Series competition return in 2013. While the driver lineup is still in flux at this point, it’s clear that Joe Gibbs Racing star Busch could return for a few events this season. Outside of Busch the driver lineup should include a few Sprint Cup Series drivers and youngster Darrell Wallace Jr. This strong team racked up a series-leading seven victories and 28 Top-10 finishes last season and that was with a rotating driver lineup as well. The 18-year-old driver Wallace picked up three Top 10’s in four starts with this team, and that speaks volumes of the top car in the Nationwide Series.
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Out back to start at Auto Club
NASCAR Cup
February 26, 2022
Wallace will drop to the rear for the start of Sunday's Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for unapproved adjustments, bob reports. Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Daytona
NASCAR Cup
February 20, 2022
Wallace finished second in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Sponsor News
NASCAR Cup
February 3, 2022
23XI Racing announced the addition of MoneyLion, the award-winning digital financial platform, as the Official Digital Banking and Cryptocurrency Partner of 23XI.
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Sponsor News
NASCAR Cup
January 4, 2022
23XI Racing announced Leidos will join the team as a primary partner beginning with the 2022 season. Leidos will partner with Wallace and the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD.
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McDonald's Expanding Sponsorship
NASCAR Cup
December 7, 2021
23XI Racing and McDonald's announced that the Golden Arches will expand its partnership with the team by increasing its presence on the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD with Wallace across multiple primary races this season, including the 2022 Daytona 500.
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