INDIANAPOLIS – Bubba Wallace gave a valiant effort to win Sunday’s Brickyard 400, but came up just short as he would finish third in his No. 43 Chevrolet. Reread that sentence again.
Wallace, who’s a very talented driver but racing for an underfunded Richard Petty Motorsports teams, finished up front with the big boys away from a superspeedway.
It was the second best finish of his Cup career as he came home runner-up in last year’s Daytona 500, which was with restrictor plates. Sunday, well this was about pure speed and Wallace was there.
It was exactly what he needed. Wallace has been dealing with bad times during the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a best finish of 14th all year. In fact, he only had two top 15 finishes all season coming into the weekend. Now, he leaves the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with two of them in the last three races.
“It was a good day for my team,” Wallace said. “We need this. We needed this weekend. We unloaded with speed. I was bragging to everybody, saying this 43 could be kissing some bricks on Sunday afternoon. We were just shy of it. It’s incredible to think about.
“Smaller teams, you’re more like family. That truly means a lot. It’s an unforgettable day here in Indy.”
Wallace noted when looking at the final leaderboard that the finishing order was “big team, big team, small team, big team, big team, big team.”
Wallace, had a fast car all weekend. It paid off with the famed car in a top five at Indy.