American stock car racer William Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was born on October 8, 1993. He races the Nos. 23 and 45 Toyota Camrys for 23XI Racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, and the No. 18 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
A former member of Toyota’s driver development program, Wallace’s previous stops include stints as a development driver in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
After that, he joined Ford’s driver development program and drove full-time in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing. After filling in for Aric Almirola in a few races in Richard Petty Motorsports’ famous No. 43 during his injury, Wallace was offered a full-time ride in the Cup Series when Almirola left the team.
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NASCAR at Las Vegas: Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace Nearly Fight After Crashing
Two drivers who did not advance to the playoffs got into an argument today in Las Vegas. It all started in Turn 4 of Stage 2 of the race between Bubba Wallace and Cup series champion Kyle Larson. Bubba was having none of Larson’s aggressive manoeuvre to get Wallace to ease off the gas. Both cars were destroyed after Wallace crashed into the wall and then crossed the track to retaliate by hooking the right rear of Larson’s vehicle.
When they finally stopped, Wallace walked over to Larson, raised his hands, and shoved him several times. At no point did Larson strike back physically, and Wallace eventually walked away after expressing his displeasure. When the smoke cleared, the 23XI Racing driver was still fuming.
A non-lifting Wallace explained, “Larson wanted to make a three-wide dive-bomb, never cleared me, and I don’t lift.” “Though I’m still getting used to leading the pack, I don’t lift. I wasn’t in the position to lift, and he never was either, so we’re both useless now. Which means his execution was a complete and utter sham. He’s self-aware enough to realize his actions were inappropriate. That old car of yours is useless now.”
Wallace had every right to be upset after last weekend’s disappointing playoff exit in Charlotte, as pointed out by Larson, but he went a little too far. It was a valid point by the Hendrick Motorsports driver, especially in light of the numerous safety scares that have kept people from getting behind the wheel in recent weeks.
In light of recent events, Larson opined, “I don’t think it’s probably the right thing to do, what with head injuries, fractured ligaments, and all that.” He may still be angry, but after everything that’s happened, he’ll realize he shouldn’t have retaliated in the first place and will probably think twice before doing so again.
“A bold move into Turn 3 saw me get in low, get loose, and chase it up a little. I knew he was going to retaliate when he got to my right front and was backed up against the wall. There was justification for his anger, but his race wasn’t over until he struck back. In other words, that’s the way it is. When aggression was all there was, it boiled over into frustration and retaliation.”
Although NASCAR officials rarely take action against drivers for skirmishes like these, it is possible that they could do so in this case. When Wallace retaliated, he spun Larson around at a high rate of speed, and that’s where most of our attention should go. The outcome could have been much worse than dropping out of the race (along with playoff driver Christopher Bell).
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