Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 6 Leidos Ford Mustang, drove to his fourth consecutive top-6 finish Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Service Kings 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
Wallace started in the tenth position but lacked overall grip and front turn during most of Stage 1. Wallace was back as far as the nineteenth position, but was able to drive back to position twelve by the completion of Stage 1 on lap 35.
In stage 2 Wallace continued to have issues with grip in the corners but continued to run in the top fifteen. Wallace would finish stage 2 in the 12th position. When stage 3 began on lap 77 Wallace was in the ninth position and continued to fight his way into the top ten. A caution on lap 106 would put Wallace in the twenty-third position after he pitted for four fresh tires.
Despite the setback, Wallace would gain twelve positions before the final caution came out with nine laps remaining in the race. With fresh tires Wallace held off a hard-charging Elliott Sadler to finish in the sixth positon.
Wallace’s four-consecutive sixth place finishes has him tied for the series lead in top 10’s with four.
“This is crazy,” said Wallace. “I think we picked up some spots there on our last stop and held on for that finish that we keep getting – a sixth-place finish. Today was a great effort from my Leidos guys. We didn’t have the best Ford Mustang in the field, but we’re making gains. That’s constantly what we’re doing. It’s a really good finish for us. I’m ready to get home and have somewhat of an off weekend, but what a good day here in California for our Ford Mustang.”
Wallace has been very consistent to start the 2017 season. Consistency is something this team needs if they want to find victory lane.
While Wallace and his No. 6 team had a decent 2016 season, finishing 11th in the point standings, they didn’t have the consistency or top 10 finishes they’ve had so far this season. 2016 yielded more top 15 runs than anything. If this is any indication, Wallace should find victory lane this season, it’s just a matter of where and when.
The XFINITY Series returns April 8th at Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300. Tune into your local Fox Station at 1:30pm EST to see who captures the checkered flag.