NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace won the second race of his Cup Series career this afternoon, holding off his 23XI Racing boss, Denny Hamlin, who was gaining on him in the final laps of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
His first career win came last year at Talladega, where he won a race that was shortened on account of rain. Needless to say, the haters have been reluctant to credit him with a true win, however today’s race should put that noise to bed.
In the post race interview, Bubba said he was looking forward to silencing the naysayers:
“Man, so proud of this team, so proud of the effort they put in each and every week, just proud of the opportunity… pit crew was awesome today, we had one loose wheel.
Just thankful, thankful for the opportunity and thankful to shut the hell up for a lot of people.”
23XI Racing teammate Kurt Busch was quick to send a congratulations to Bubaba, who moved into Kurt’s #45 car.
With Busch out indefinitely with concussions symptoms, 23XI opted to put Wallace in Busch’s car and Ty Gibbs in the #23 in order to maximize the team’s chances of winning that owner’s title.
The win puts the #45 into the second round of the owner point playoffs.