Bubba Wallace took the helm of the 45 car into the playoffs to help Toyota battle for the manufacturers trophy. A lot of folks were scratching their heads over that move and questioning the sanity of Toyota and 23XI Racing. But a couple of weeks later, all the questions were answered as Bubba drove the 45 to its second victory at Kansas.
With stands that were filled to a fraction of their capacity, good ol’ Darrel Waltrip announced his decision to retire from NASCAR broadcasting. This was the final time we’ll hear “Boogity, boogity, boogity!” at one of the most famous tracks in all of NASCAR.