Michael Jordan flipped the entire NASCAR world on its head when the NBA legend became a team owner. Along with current NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, Jordan created the 23XI team. The Toyota-based team has had some early success. As Tyler Reddick has taken the #45 to victory lane already this season. However, this past Sunday, the team looked to have another great chance to visit victory lane. But a late incident cost Jordan's #23 driver, Bubba Wallace, a victory at Talladega.
Talladega is known as one of the more intimidating tracks that NASCAR visits every season. The track is known for high speeds and vicious crashes. This past Sunday seemed to continue that legacy for the track. On the final lap, Wallace was leading the pack. But a hard-charging Ryan Blaney was attempting to make the final lap pass on his good friend Wallace. Wallace tried his hardest to block the faster Blaney from making the move, then it happened. The late block attempt by Wallace caused a fleet of cars to end up in the last lap carnage. Jordan was in attendance for the big race. But the team owner was less than thrilled with the outcome.
Michael Jordan Frustrated Over Talladega Finish
A heartbreaking ending to a rather frustrating day for 23XI. Wallace was mere moments from earning his second win at Talladega. However, in the end, it was Kyle Busch that came out unscathed and victorious. Jordan was visibly upset with the finish of the race. But sometimes, these outcomes are inevitable. After the race, Wallace shared no ill will toward Blaney. Including taking the blame for the start of the incident. Wallace wasn't the only 23XI driver involved in a crash on Sunday. Reddick had a bizarre crash when attempting to enter the pits early on in the race.
Sunday wasn't the best ending for Jordan and his team. However, being one of the top cars in the final lap of Talladega is still an incredible performance by Wallace. Jordan's arrival in NASCAR has changed the entire landscape of the sport. As Jordan's fans have begun migrating over to following his team. In just a short time, Jordan has made his team one of the most financially stable teams in the sport. Does Michael Jordan's involvement in NASCAR make you interested in watching the sport? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. For the latest news in sports, keep it right here with HNHH.