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Bubba Wallace was thrilled with his second-place finish on Sunday at the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Wallace was on pole in the race and braved the likes of Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin to finish in the top five. With 40 laps to go, Harvick beat Wallace on the restart and never looked back.
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Qualifier August 6, 2022 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan Driven by Bubba Wallace. Wallace earned his position on pole. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Harvick finished about three seconds ahead of Wallace in the 23XI Racing where he drives the No. 23 Toyota Camry. Did.
"Second place doesn't make it into the playoffs. This is a lot worse than Daytona. Daytona, we just fell for it. This is what we had the car for." he said via his NBC Sports.
"I was a little late in the mid-race adjustments. I didn't think I could get back there. It was very difficult to pass. The aero sensitivity in these cars is just nuts." I had to get there on an empty stomach, only to find out that I had made the wrong choice to reboot.
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#23 McDonald's Toyota driver Bubba Wallace took pole in qualifying. Taking pictures after winning an award. His FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI on August 6, 2022. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
Wallace said he felt he had "failed everyone."
"I really want to win. This was my best chance," he added.
Wallace also said he finished second at the Daytona 500 in February. He took his first win last season at Talladega Superspeedway.
Bubba Wallace, left, Martin Truex Jr. Share Laughter on the grid during practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on August 6, 2022 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Only 3 races left until the playoffs. The regular season finale is He's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona on August 27th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is a sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.