Denny Hamlin comments on Bubba Wallace's mistake in Texas

"I just don’t think giving someone else the ability to run you up was a good idea."

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Denny Hamlin comments on Bubba Wallace's mistake in Texas
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Bubba Wallace had a disappointing weekend in Texas last week. This great driver had a great chance to win the race, but a wrong decision changed everything. Specifically, Wallace chose outside, but that decision proved to be the worst for him.

On his Actions Detrimental podcast, Denny Hamlin commented on Wallace's decision. The great NASCAR driver immediately identified a mistake in Bubba's performance. “So then you’ve got a restart, and I was watching the restart and I see Bubba choosing the outside and I’m like, ‘Ugh,’ I didn’t necessarily — especially in the moment — agree with that call.

Even though you got the lead that way, I just think that the power position on restarts has changed. It’s now on the bottom. The bottom is the power position. It’s definitely the lane with the most grip through three and four, on restarts especially.

I just don’t think giving someone else the ability to run you up was a good idea. … I think that it was just a tough position for him to be in”. - Denny Hamlin said.

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23XI Racing should not be frustrated over this, Hamlin said.

Every weekend, they demonstrate their quality. There are different stories behind NASCAR races, and sometimes you have to accept these things and focus on what lies ahead. The team should look at the positives and focus on their performance.

“They’re running strong. Certainly, they’re strong contenders. They qualified great. They ran great. They lead 100 and something laps. It’s, you’ve got to feel pretty good about it. But they also missed out on a lot of stage points.

But they’re trying to win the race. At the time they think, ‘Hey, we’ve got a race-winning car, so we’re going to pit.’ We did the same thing on the No. 11. We pitted the same time they pitted”.

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