Bubba Wallace won for the second time in the Cup Series in Kansas

The playoff drivers are 0-2 to start the playoffs for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series.

Bubba Wallace claimed his second Cup Series win on Sunday at Kansas Speedway as he beat 23XI race car owner Denny Hamlin to take the win.

Wallace overtook Alex Bowman to take the lead by 70 laps to run the 267-lap race and take the lead during the race’s final pit stop. It’s Wallace’s first win at the regulatory distance after notching his first win in a short rainy race at Talladega in the fall of 2021.

“Grateful for silencing the hell so many people,” Wallace said after the race.

As he pointed out in his quote above, there is no delegitimization of winning in KS. Wallace and the car were great during the final stage and earned a time in then-second place Christopher Bell during the pit stop. Bell finished third behind Hamlin.

Wallace was driving his #23 in the Talladega win. On Sunday he was 45th for the 23XI race as the team chases for the title owner in the Cup Series. The No. 45 qualified for the playoffs with Kurt Bosch winning in Kansas in May, but Bosch has been out of the car since July when he suffered a concussion during a crash in Pocono.

With Busch out of the car indefinitely and the car qualified for the owner’s title, 23XI put Wallace in Busch’s car and Busch substitute Ty Gibbs at number 23. This move was made to maximize the team’s chances of winning the owner’s title and Wallace’s win now automatically qualifies the number 45 for the second round. of the playoffs.

Harvick and Riddick crash

Kevin Harvick found himself out of the race again early on Sunday after his car hit a wall in the first stage. Harvick was on the high side of Wallace and Ross Chastain during the race in the top 10 and the car exploded and hit the wall.

The incident appeared due to Chastain’s aggressiveness. Not giving Wallace much room—let alone Harvick—pinching the eventual race winner toward a wall. Had Chastain left the car down on the track, who knows if Harvick would have hit the wall.

Riddick hit an apparently flat or broken tire while driving after the Harvick accident. The drivers of the playoff finished in the bottom two places.

Ranking of points

Harvick’s wreck means he is likely to win in Bristol to advance to the second round of playoffs. He is the last of 16 drivers in the playoffs and 35 points from 12th place.

1. Christopher Bell 2,108 points

2. William Byron, 2098

3 – Denny Hamlin 2097

4. Joey Logano, 2090

5- Ryan Blaney 2086

6. Alex Bowman, 2080

7. Chase Elliott 2078

8. Kyle Larson, 2077

9- Ross Chastain, 2076

10- Daniel Suarez, 2056

11. Tyler Riddick, 2052

12- Austin Cendrick, 2052

13. Kyle Bush 2050

14- Austin Dillon 2049

15. Chase Briscoe, 2.043

16- Kevin Harvick, 2,017

Race results

1. Bubba Wallace

2. Denny Hamlin

3. Christopher Bell

4. Alex Bowman

5. Martin Truex Jr.

6. William Byron

7. Ross Chastain

8. Kyle Larson

9. Ryan Blaney

10. Daniel Suarez

11. Chase Elliot

12. Austin Cendrick

13. Chase Briscoe

14. Austin Dillon

15. Chris Bucher

16. Michael McDowell

17. Joey Logano

18. Noah Gregson

19. Justin Haley

20. Ty Dillon

21. Eric Almerola

22. Cool Custer

23. Todd Gilliland

24. Landon Castle

25. Brad Keselowski

26. Kyle Bush

27. Cody Wear

28. JJ Yeley

29. Eric Jones

30. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

31. PJ McLeod

32. Harrison Burton

33. Cory Lagoy

34. Ty Gibbs

35. Tyler Riddick

36. Kevin Harvick

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 11: Bubba Wallace, driver of Toyota's #45 ROOT Insurance, waits on the grid ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 11, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – SEPTEMBER 11: Bubba Wallace, driver of Toyota’s #45 ROOT Insurance, waits on the grid ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on September 11, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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