Bubba Wallace takes his first career pole at Michigan International Speedway


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

He secured the spot with a lap of 190.703 mph in the final run. Wallace was the only driver to go over 190 mph in the qualifying session.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, poses for photos after winning pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on 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. That’s a testament to 23XI, everyone in the No.23 team.

“They’ve done a terrific job all year, really. They just haven’t had the finishes we deserve, but proud for everyone who sticks to that. Lots of adversity in this team, and we continue to show that we are ready to fight.”

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Wallace earned his first career cup victory in October in a rain-shortened race at Talladega.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, celebrates after winning pole for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, celebrates after winning pole for the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 6, 2022, in Brooklyn, Michigan.
(Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

BUBBA WALLACE IS ‘S—–‘ ABOUT COMING SECOND AT THE DAYTONA 500

The 29-year-old has three consecutive Top 10 finishes and is on course for a fourth. In his last race at Indianapolis, he started the race from 19th place and finished fifth.

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

Christopher Bell will be next to 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 ranks 20th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, trailing leader Chase Elliott by 363 points.


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