The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season has been another frustrating year for Bubba Wallace. Following a 15th place result in the season opening Daytona 500 and a rewarding sixth place run a week later in Las Vegas, the next six races for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver would be 16th or worse. Four of those six would be 20th or worse at that.
Wallace, had a fast race car at times, but bad luck derailed those efforts. He had a decent car on Thursday night in Charlotte but an issue relegated him to a 37th place finish. In last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, he was 38th.
But, that luck turned on Sunday at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Wallace, was strong early and often. He was in the top 15 for most of the race and would bring his No. 43 Chevrolet home 10th for his second top 10 of the year and sixth since joining RPM on a full time basis in 2018.
“That was hard fought,” Wallace said after the top 10 at Bristol. “I am worn-out after that one. That was a good day for our Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Victory Junction Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. There were ups and downs, back and forth. We have to figure out our pit road speeding. I am 99.999% sure I was way under the limit – just because we got caught the first time, so there was no need to push it. Besides that, we rebounded from those penalties. I over stepped adjusting the car. We were just way out of place at the beginning of the race and our team over-adjusted, and came back full circle as the track rubbered-up.
“All-in-all, it was a good day at the Bristol Motor Speedway. It was fun there at the end. It was wild – that race had pretty much everything. I have seen a lot of positive comments from fans. That’s Bristol Motor Speedway for you. We will carry some momentum over – finally got a good finish after two bad ones.
“We got the bad juju off our back and we will go onto the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We’ve got some work to do there. I am excited about the speed we’ve been bringing to the track each week. The speed we have been bringing has been good. We need to tweak some things to get us to the next level. We are knocking on the door. We’re doing really good things.”Food City 500