Bubba Wallace’s Hot Streak Continues With Career-First

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Bubba Wallace has accomplished a new feat.

The driver of the No. 23 Toyota Camry TRD for 23XI Racing is celebrating another big moment. Bubba Wallace posted the fastest qualifying lap at Michigan International Speedway and won the first Busch Light Pole of his Cup Series career.

The Alabama native completed his final lap around the two-mile track in 37.755 seconds (190.703 mph). He beat out fellow Toyota Racing driver Christopher Bell, who posted the second-fastest time in 37.915 seconds at 189.898 mph. This marked Wallace’s first pole in 171 career Cup Series races.

“About time,” Wallace told media members on August 6, quote courtesy of the NASCAR Wire Service. “It took me five years to get my first pole. It’s a testament to 23XI, everybody on the No. 23 team. They’ve been doing a tremendous job all year long, really. Just haven’t had the finishes we deserve, but proud for everybody just sticking through it. A lot of adversity on this team, and we keep showing up ready to battle.”

This pole win was important for Wallace, and it was equally so for 23XI Racing. He secured the organization’s first win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2021, and then he captured its first Busch Light Pole.

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Wallace Joined a Unique Group of Drivers

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GettyBubba Wallace has multiple national series pole wins in his career.

The pole win was Wallace’s first in the NASCAR Cup Series, but it was not his first in a national series. He actually won the pole three times during his time in the Camping World Truck Series and twice in the Xfinity Series.

According to TSJ Sports owner Peter Stratta, Wallace is the 43rd driver to win the pole in all three national series. He joins such names as Kyle Busch,