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Bubba Wallace was emotional after finishing second in Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Wallace was on pole for the race and fought off valiantly Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin among others to finish in the top 5. Christopher Bell brought out the caution flag with 40 laps to go after colliding with Ross Chastain, with Harvick beating Wallace on the restart. And never looked back.
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No. for 23XI Racing. Harvick finished nearly 3 seconds ahead of Wallace, who drives the 23 Toyota Camry.
“Second doesn’t get you in the playoffs. It’s worse than Daytona. Daytona, we fell into it. It was the car we had,” he said, via NBC Sports.
“Midway through the race we fell a little behind in the adjustment. I didn’t think we were going to get back there. It was very hard to pass. The aero sensitivity on these cars is just nuts. Just grind and be hungry and get us there, and you know I made the wrong choice on the restart.”
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He felt that Wallace had “failed everyone”.
“I want to win so bad, and this is the best opportunity,” he said.
Wallace finished second in the Daytona 500 in February. Last season he won his first race at Talladega Superspeedway.
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They have only three races left to make the playoffs. The regular-season finale is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona on August 27.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.