Bubba Wallace walked away from Indianapolis smiling after scoring a third-place finish in Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400.
The end result was a much-needed shot within the arm for Wallace and the Richard Petty Motorsports staff, who entered the race twenty seventh within the collection standings in amidst of a tough season.
“Smaller organizations having big runs, it is very uncommon these days,” Wallace stated. “Almost like David and Goliath. Everything kind of clicked today for us. These little teams aren’t supposed to run with the big teams. It was a good day.”
The Mobile, Alabama native began the 160-lap occasion in fifteenth place however didn’t rise to the fore till halfway by means of the race’s remaining 60 lap stage.
His day practically went south early as he bought caught up in a multi-car incident in the course of the first spherical of pitstops the place he scarcely dodged members of Jimmie Johnson’s pit crew. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver dropped to thirty eighth on the restart after pitting for repairs however charged into 20 earlier than the second warning flew on Lap 41.
The six-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race winner continued his march ahead and dodged the race’s many incidents to transfer into the highest 5 with 30 laps remaining.
He bought as excessive as third behind eventual 1-2 finishers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano on the race’s remaining restart with eight laps remaining. He briefly trailed Logano however finally fell out of his tyre tracks.
He managed to maintain off William Bryon to declare the third-place spot – his first top-five since ending second within the 2018 Daytona 500.
The outcome left the calm-natured 25-year-old feeling relieved.
“Heck of a day, I don’t know to say,” he stated. “We had speed all weekend in our Victory Junction Chevrolet. We never gave up all day no matter what happened on pit road. I still don’t know what happened. We went from the lowest of lows, to the almost highest of highs! It was just a solid day for our team.”