RICHMOND, Va. — The curse of the No. 6 lives on for Bubba Wallace.
Wallace, who drives the No. 6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing, finished sixth in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway, where Kyle Larson found Victory Lane over Justin Allgaier.
For Wallace it was a crazy Groundhog Day of a race. You see, in eight NASCAR XFINITY Series races this year, Wallace has finished sixth an astonishing six times. You couldn’t do that if you tried.
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The two races where Wallace didn’t finish sixth?
He finished 33rd in both of them. And, of course, 3 + 3 = 6.
For a guy who drives the No. 6 that’s beyond coincidence, beyond random and beyond weird.
But it’s what happened.
“This sixth-place finish is not like our other ones,” said Wallace. “We definitely didn’t deserve it but our attitude is to never give up. I was pretty pissed off after qualifying, but I told myself that we never really run good here so put that behind you and start with a cool head and be patient. I didn’t think we would get up to the top 10 but long runs helped us for sure.”
And at least Wallace has a sense of humor — and the sense to plug all of his sponsors.
“Thanks Mello Yello and Ford,” said Wallace. “We had Leidos for a sixth place, Mello Yello for sixth place and we have a great partner with Globe Life coming up for hopefully two sixth place finishes or better. We will make the most of it.”
Today is @BubbaWallace's sixth 6th-place finish of the year. His other two finishes are 33rd. (3+3….6!!!)