Bubba Wallace fifth place finish in the first stage was his only positive of night in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.
Wallace was yet again left frustrated for another week by his 23Xi Racing Pit Crew.
Bubba Wallace was done for the day as he didn’t meet minimum speed after his teamtold him to coast the last lap of the stage.m
Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass spoke with Bubba Crew Chief Bootie Baker about what went wrong at Charlotte.
NASCAR said we didn’t meet the minimum (speed) in three laps, but i think we had time on the clock. The first lap we just laid back on the initial restart to make sure we didn’t get caught up in anything…I’m not sure without looking at it. By the letter of the rule, I guess that’s what happened.
Was it a miscalculation?
Either way it was a mistake on our part, I would say that.
. @bobpockrass and I spoke to Bootie Barker, Bubba Wallace's crew chief, on the No. 23 team failing to clear the DVP clock before it expired, sending Wallace to the garage despite having only minimal damage. pic.twitter.com/aQJLhcatR1
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) May 30, 2022
Disappointed Wallace fans were left complaining about the rule. But even if they don’t like the rule, Wallace’s team knew what they had to do. They just didn’t execute, which is why they had a disappointing finish.
This is the rule that ended Bubba Wallace day. Even if you have time on the 6-minute clock, if you don’t make minimum speed in three green-flag laps, race is over under the damaged vehicle policy. pic.twitter.com/Jl2F5TLeMQ
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 30, 2022