Bubba Wallace's day didn't go as well as he hoped

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. provided one of the major storylines entering Sunday's Pocono 400.

Wallace became the first African-American to participate in NASCAR's top series in more than a decade.

But his debut didn't go nearly as well as he hoped.

Wallace was penalized three times for speeding entering the pits and ended up 26th. Afterward, he expressed his frustration during an entertaining post-race press conference.

"I'm just so bummed out and frustrated with myself," he said. "I know my family is going to be hard on me after this not to be so hard on myself. But I'm competitive and I want to win races and I want to lead laps. I just wanted to have a good showing, and to speed four, five times on the same segment, that's hard to swallow."

Wallace said he was so angry that he passed out.

Asked to explain his passing out more thoroughly, Wallace said: "I don't know another form of passing out. There's only one way to pass out. I just kind of looked at my ... I don't know what I was looking at, and then all of a sudden I was like, all right, let's go to Victory Lane and congratulate Ryan [Blaney, the race winner]. I'm all good."

Wallace said that he gets so mad at himself that he passes out.

"It's happened three times now," he said.

He is looking forward to next week's race at Michigan and if there are more penalties, watch out.

"It's something I've had since I started playing sports, this competitiveness," he said. "I get really hard on myself when I mess up, even if it's video games. My girlfriend gets so mad at me when I'm playing this golf game on my my phone and I lose, and I want to chuck my phone across the room. It's just something I've got to work on. I like to win. I can drop the mic and pick my nose, but I don't want to do that."

Despite the speeding problems, Wallace said it was a wonderful day for him and a wonderful day for the sport.

"I've been dreaming about this since I was a little kid, being in the Cup Series, and now it's here and I made a name for myself," he said. "I thought I ran a pretty decent race, just kind of running there by myself, passed a couple of people, tried not to make anybody too mad, and hopefully earned a lot of respect from those guys out there."

Wallace and Blaney are good friends, and during his post-race presser Blaney acknowledged his longtime pal.

"We need Bubba in the Cup Series more," Blaney said. "The one start he makes, I win the damn race. He needs to keep running. No, it was cool to have him. I don't know where he finished. I know they had problems on pit road or something. I was behind him a little bit and he seemed to be doing a really great job. That's special for him."

Don't knock on wood

The Wood Brothers may not be a dominant team in the Monster Energy Series, but they are an integral part of the history of the sport. Wood Brothers drivers have won at least one race in NASCAR's top series for the past six decades. It was also Ford's 654th all-time win in NASCAR's Cup Series.

Blaney is the 19th different driver to win a Cup race with the Wood Brothers. He became the third to win at Pocono, joining David Pearson in 1975 and Neil Bonnett in 1980.

Other drivers and their win totals: David Pearson (43), Yarborough (13), Bonnett (9), Marvin Panch (8), A.J. Foyt (5), Glen Wood (4), Dan Gurney (4), Speedy Thompson (2), Kyle Petty (2), Tiny Lund (1), Curtis Turner (1), Donnie Allison (1), Buddy Baker (1), Dale Jarrett (1), Morgan Shepherd (1), Elliott Sadler (1), Trevor Bayne (1) and now Blaney.

TOP THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM POCONO

1. It was a terrific racing weekend at the Tricky Triangle with Brad Keselowski making a last-lap pass on Kyle Larson to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and Blaney's late passing of Kyle Busch and block of Kevin Harvick to win the Monster Energy Series race on Sunday.

2. The new stage racing format does break up the race and provide a boost of adrenaline, especially at a track like Pocono where the cars can get stretched out and into a comfort zone unless something forces them to the front.

3. It was warm on Sunday, and that made it a little uncomfortable, but we'll definitely take that over a rainout. For at least this one weekend, Pocono Raceway's new "worry-free weather guarantee" wasn't needed.

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