The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season got off to a rough start for Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and 23XI Racing.
The No. 23 Toyota Camry twice failed prerace inspection at Daytona International Speedway, according to multiple reports. Consequently, Wallace will start from the rear Sunday in the Daytona 500. He originally was set to start in the sixth position.
Additionally, one of the 23XI Racing crew members was ejected.
“Bad news, Bubba Wallace fans: His car just failed inspection a second time,” The Athletic’s Jeff Gluck tweeted.
Obviously this is a tough break for Wallace and 23XI Racing co-owners Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. The No. 23 team impressed in Daytona 500 practice and qualifying, and appeared primary for a solid Cup Series debut.
Will Wallace be able to make up the ground and earn a strong finish in “The Great American Race?” We’ll find out soon enough.
He clearly isn’t worried, though.