Bubba Wallace finished fifth in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
Wallace’s top-five finish, the first time he has achieved that result this year, added 32 points to his season total. Wallace now ranks 22nd in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 470 points.
Wallace started in 21st position. The fourth-year driver has earned three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in his career.
The fifth-place result on Saturday was the first time Wallace has cracked the top five at Daytona International Speedway in the summer race. He previously finished second in the 2018 Daytona 500.
The Mobile, Alabama native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting two spots higher than his career mark of 23.2 and completing the race 17 places ahead of his 21.6 career average finish.
Wallace raced against a field of 40 drivers on the way to his fifth-place finish. The race endured six cautions and 21 caution laps. There were 35 lead changes.
William Byron finished out front in the race, and Chase Elliott finished second. Denny Hamlin placed third, with Martin Truex Jr bringing home fourth place. Wallace rounded out the top five.
Joey Logano got off to a great start in the race, winning both of the first two stages, but couldn’t hang on to secure the race victory.