On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that they have suspended driver Bubba Wallace for one race after he attacked another driver during a race over the weekend after the two had an accident on the track.
Wallace was suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series Championship event after he attacked driver Kyle Larson during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Wallace was suspended for one race after he crashed Kyle Larson at Lap 94 of the South Point 400 and proceeded to shove Larson, both violations of Sections 4.3.A and 4.4.C & E of the NASCAR Member Code of Conduct laid out in the NASCAR Rule Book,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Rule 4.4.C lists ‘intentionally wrecking or spinning another vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is removed from Competition as a result’ as one of five member actions that could result in a penalty.”
The incident happened during Stage 2 of the race when Wallace, who won Stage 1, was next to Larson when Larson attempted to pass Wallace.
Larson moved up the track and his car bumped into Wallace’s car, causing Wallace’s car to brush up against the wall. After this, Wallace bounced into Larson’s car and then continued by tracking Larson’s car down the track and slamming into the rear of his car, causing both cars to spin out.
NASCAR’s statement noted that Wallace issued an apology on Monday night for the incident. However, Wallace’s full statement revealed that he was not apologizing to Larson for what happened, but apologizing to his sponsors and team.
“I want to apologize for my actions on Sunday following the on-track incident with Kyle Larson and the No. 5 car. My behavior does not align with the core values that are shared by 23XI Racing and our partners, who have played a crucial role in my incredible journey to the top of this great sport,” the statement began.
“I want to apologize to NASCAR and the fans, along with Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Toyota for putting them in a situation in the Playoffs that they do not deserve. I compete with immense passion, and with passion at times comes frustration. Upon reflecting, I should have represented our partners and core team values better than I did by letting my frustrations follow me outside of the car. You live and learn, and I intend to learn from this,” Wallace concluded.
Wallace initially did not take responsibility for his actions during a post-crash NBC interview, claiming that he did not intentionally crash into Larson’s car, saying that his “steering was gone” and that Larson “just so happened to be there.”
“It was just a piss poor move on his execution,” Wallace claimed.
When asked about getting out of his vehicle and attacking Larson, Wallace responded that Larson knew what the message was that Wallace was trying to send.
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