Sports · August 6, 2022

Bubba Wallace earns his first career pole at Michigan International Speedway

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Bubba Wallace scored his first career pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Michigan.

He earned the spot with a lap of 190.703 mph in the final round. Wallace was the only driver to exceed 190 mph in the qualifying session.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the No.  23 McDonald's Toyota, poses for photos after winning pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 23 McDonald’s Toyota, poses for photos after winning pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.
(Mike Mulholland / Getty Images)

“It was about time,” Wallace said, via NASCAR.com. “It took me five years to get my first pole. It’s a testament to 23XI, everyone in the # 23 team.

“They have done an amazing job all year, really. They haven’t had the milestones we deserve, but they are proud that everyone has managed to overcome it. A lot of adversity in this team and we continue to present ourselves ready to fight.”

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Wallace scored his first career Cup win in October in a rain-shortened race at Talladega.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the No.  23 McDonald's Toyota, celebrates after winning pole for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 23 McDonald’s Toyota, celebrates after winning pole for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.
(Mike Mulholland / Getty Images)

BUBBA WALLACE IS “P —–” TO ARRIVE SECOND TO THE DAYTONA 500

The 29-year-old has three consecutive top 10 finishes and is in good position for a quarter. In his last race in Indianapolis, he started the race from 19th place and finished fifth.

He finished second on the Daytona 500, the second time he had done so.

Christopher Bell will be alongside Wallace, with former Cup champions Kyle Busch and Joey Logano behind them.

Bubba Wallace in the garage.

Bubba Wallace in the garage.
(AP)

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Wallace is in 20th place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, behind leader Chase Elliott by 363 points.