Bubba Wallace — the NASCAR driver infamous for claiming that a garage pull rope in his garage was a “noose” and a racially motivated attack — was suspended on Tuesday from the upcoming race at Homestead for intentionally crashing into Kyle Larson last Sunday in Las Vegas.
NASCAR has suspended Wallace for one race, with no fine or loss of points, after he intentionally wrecked in response to Larson sliding up the track, which forced Wallace’s car into the wall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Lap 94.
Wallace followed Larson back down the track apparently in search of revenge, ultimately ramming into Larson’s right rear quarter panel and causing him to spin out. Wallace also attacked Larson and a NASCAR employee after the wreck, pushing and shoving them.
You can't try to be a tough guy now after you broke down in tears over a garage door pull https://t.co/UjctSedVTM
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 17, 2022
“I obviously made an aggressive move into three and got in low and got loose and chased it up a bit,” Larson said. “And yeah, I mean, he got to my right front, and I got him tight into the wall and knew he was gonna retaliate. So, like I said, I mean, he had a reason to be mad, but his race wasn’t over until he retaliated. So it is what it is. Just, yeah, just aggression turned into frustration and he retaliated.”
When asked whether it was appropriate for Wallace to retaliate at that speed, Larson stated: “I think with everything that’s been going on here lately with head injuries and all that, fractured ligaments and all that I don’t think it’s probably the right thing to do.”
Wallace also threw water in the face of Alex Bowman, another driver in the race.
Before race-baiter hoaxer Bubba Wallace attacked Kyle Larson he threw water in Alex Bowman's face. Dude’s a jerk. pic.twitter.com/xeFnNynRPv
— LivePDDave 🇺🇸🥊🚨 (@LivePDDave1) October 18, 2022
The crash also included another driver, Christopher Bell. All three drivers were unable to continue the race.
Wallace is the first NASCAR Cup Series driver to be suspended for an incident on the track since 2015, when Matt Kenseth drove Joey Logano into the wall and received a two-race suspension and six months’ NASCAR probation.
“It’s been very rare, if ever, that we suspend drivers. We don’t take that action lightly,” NASCAR chief operating officer Steve O’Donnell told SiriusXM Radio — adding that the suspension was for the wreck, especially because of the rate of speed during the incident, and not for shoving Larson after the crash.
Wallace initially refused to apologize for the incident, claiming he didn’t cause the incident while getting snippy with a reporter.
“Cliff is smart enough to know that how easy these cars break so when you get shoved into the fence, like deliberately like he did, trying to force me to lift, steering was gone,” he claimed and then smirked, adding: “He just so happened to be there.”
“It was just a piss poor move on his execution,” he continued.
"I don't lift."
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022
Wallace later posted an apology on social media.
“I want to apologize for my actions on Sunday following the on-track incident with Kyle Larson and the No. 5 car,” he wrote in a post on Monday. “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.”
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) October 17, 2022