Bubba Wallace Issues Apology After Wrecking Kyle Larson At Las Vegas

Looks like Bubba Wallace had some time to reflect on his actions from yesterday’s NASCAR race. And now he apologizes.

In case you missed it, on Round 94 of the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400, Kyle Larson made a pass to Kevin Harvick to go neck and neck with Bubba Wallace, who passed Harvick from the outside.

Larson drove up the track and pushed Bubba into the wall.

But Wallace knocked out Larson in a ferocious and swift display of retaliation after the contact, ending their two days and taking Christopher Bell, a playoff driver, with him in the process.

And then, after the accident, Bubba took off his helmet, walked over to Larson, who was just getting out of his own car, and started pushing him.

Larson declined to get involved in a roadside argument.

Immediately after the race, Bubba was quite harsh in his criticism of Larson:

“If you intentionally get bumped into the fence like him and try to force me to lift, the steering is gone… Larson wanted to build a three-wide dive bomb, never put me out.

And I don’t lift so I know I’m a bit new to running in front but I don’t lift…. just a crappy move in his execution.”

And when asked about the dangers of such retaliation at those high speeds, Bubba told the trackside reporter:

“Stop fishing, stop fishing…”

Seems a valid question to me, especially given the injuries we’ve seen in this new car this season. But OK…

Finally, when asked if he meant to knock out Toyota teammate Christopher Bell in the process, Bubba called it “sport.”

But it seems like Bubba has calmed down a bit. Had some time to think about his action (and reaction). And, let’s face it, probably heard from his team owners and sponsors.

And now he has apologized.

In a statement posted to social media, Wallace apologized for his actions after the wreck – but appeared to stop apologizing to Larson for ruining him, aside from the fact that Christopher Bell was incapacitated in the incident became.

“I would like to apologize for my actions on Sunday following the incident at the track involving Kyle Larson and the #5 car.

My behavior is not consistent with the core values ​​shared by 23XI Racing and our partners who have been instrumental in my incredible journey to the top of this great sport.

I want to apologize to NASCAR and the fans, as well as Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for putting them in a playoff situation they didn’t deserve.

I compete with immense passion, and with passion sometimes comes frustration. Come to think of it, I should have represented our partners and core team values ​​better than I did by letting my frustration dog me outside the car. You live and learn, and I intend to learn from it.”

NASCAR fans call for suspension of Bubba Wallace after dangerous retaliation against Kyle Larson

NASCAR has yet to take disciplinary action in retaliation, but of course fans aren’t happy with Wallace and many are calling for his suspension.

With the slew of concussion issues we’ve seen this year, including a potentially career-ending injury for Kurt Busch, it’s clear these next-gen cars aren’t as safe as they should be.

So is intentionally causing a wreck at such a high speed rate worth a suspension?

Of course, Bubba has probably the biggest group of haters in NASCAR and they couldn’t wait to get on the tweeter and yell for a permanent ban, but this seemed to be more than just your usual Bubba haters demanding a suspension:

Even self-proclaimed Bubba fans said he crossed the line:

NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass called for a point deduction and a fine, but said the behavior was unlikely to warrant a suspension.

And many Bubba fans also pointed out that NASCAR set the precedent NOT to suspend drivers in situations like this in 2010 when Carl Edwards flipped Brad Keselowski in Atlanta.

NASCAR issues their penalties for the previous race on Tuesdays, so I guess we’ll find out tomorrow what the consequences, if any, are for Bubba’s actions.

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