Wallace and 23XI Racing started the weekend with a best result of the season in 11th position. But on the first leg of Pocono’s doubles program, Wallace had a quiet race and finished 14th.
On Sunday he improved that with another strong performance. In the final laps he was part of a group of drivers trying to refuel and reach the checkered flag without further stopping.
Kyle Busch won the race on this strategy with Kyle Larson second. Wallace finished fifth in his best result since August 2020 at Daytona International Speedway. For 23XI Racing, it was both their first top ten and their first top five since entering the Cup Series this year.
“It’s big. Lots of confidence in me which is huge,” Wallace said after the race. It was about fueling the strategy there, but I appreciate Wheels (Mike Wheeler, head of team), JR (engineer Houston), Freddie (Kraft, observer), tell me what to do – 80% there, 60% here, all the time. It got so boring, but it worked. what it takes It takes a team effort to get this done Great day for us.
“Very good weekend for us. We knew we had the speed. Bossman was there – MJ (Michael Jordan) was there. All the staff were out so it was a good day.
Wallace is now 51 points off the playoff field. 23XI’s goal over the summer months is to reach one of those coveted 16 playoff spots.
“We wanted a playoff when we started the season so we have a lot of work to do. We know we’re in a hole, but it’s finishes like this that we have to capitalize on,” he said. he said, adding that he and the team just need to “perform better” when they have fast cars like they did this weekend.
“Today shows what we can do. We need to keep the momentum going.”