Bubba Wallace’s No. 45 Root Insurance 23XI Racing Toyota Camry passed Post-race technical inspection with NASCAR declaring Wallace and his team the official winners of the race at Kansas Speedway.
This win in Kansas is Bubba’s second career Cup Series triumph, and it’s the second win of the season for the No. 45 23XI Racing entry who was victorious earlier in the season at Kansas Speedway with Kurt Busch.
Bubba took the lead with just 43 laps to go and was not really challenged the rest of the path. Wallce led 58 laps in total.
With 16 laps to go, Hamlin – who is co-owner of Bubba No. 45 23XI Racing team – got around C. Bell and began hunting down Wallace for the lead.
Desiree Wallace mother of Bubba Wallace phoned in on The SiriusXMNASCAR Radio Post-Race Show and told all the Bubba Wallace haters to “kick rocks”.
A very prideful Desiree Wallace (mother of @BubbaWallace) just called “The @SiriusXMNASCAR Radio Post-Race Show” and told all the Bubba Wallace haters to “kick rocks”.
With no additional cautions to help, Wallace was able to comfortably hold off Hamlin by 1 second toacquire his second career wi and first for this 2022 season.
Why so negative, accentuate the positive.
— Gregory D. Howe (@wood_brothers21) September 11, 2022
“Just so proud,” Wallace told NBC Sports. “Pit crew was awesome today. We had one loose wheel. Just thankful. Thanks for the opportunity, and thankful to shut the hell up for a lot of people.
“It’s cool to beat the boss, but man, we were just lights-out today once we got to the lead, and it was a lot of fun.”
Bubba Wallace is the second non-playoff driver to win so far in the post-season, after Erik Jones’ Southern 500 victory in Darlington.
It’s is the first time in NASCAR post-season years that the opening two races haven’t been won by a playoff driver.