But it seems like Bubba’s calmed down a little bit. Had some time to reflect on his action (and his reaction). And, let’s be honest, probably heard from his team owners and sponsors.
And now he’s issued an apology.
In a statement posted to social media, Wallace apologized for his actions after the wreck – but seemed to stop short of apologizing to Larson for wrecking him, aside from the fact that Christopher Bell was taken out in the incident.
“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.
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.”
NASCAR Fans Call For Bubba Wallace’s Suspension After Dangerous Retaliation Against Kyle Larson
There has yet to be any disciplinary actions taken by NASCAR over the retaliation, but needless to say, fans are not happy with Wallace, and many are calling for his suspension.
With the amount of concussion issues we’ve seen this year, including what may be a career ending injury for Kurt Busch, it’s clear these Next Gen cars are not as safe as they should be.
So is intentionally causing a wreck at such a high rate of speed suspension-worthy?
Of course Bubba has probably the largest group of haters in NASCAR and they couldn’t wait to get on the Tweeter and scream for a permanent ban, but this seemed to be more than just your usual Bubba haters calling for a suspension:
Christopher Bell is done for the day.
A massive blow for Bell’s playoffs after Bubba Wallace’s suspension-worthy move.
Bubba Wallace needs to be suspended for at least Homestead-Miami. Lost all respect I had for him after that, whether I’m a Larson fan or not. You don’t hook someone on purpose in an unsafe race car going 170mph and then fight the other driver. Interview didn’t help either #NASCAR
Bubba Wallace wrecked a dude deliberately back onto the racing surface and took out a playoff driver and then exited his car, walked away from the AMR safety team, across the racing surface under caution, and physically assaulted another driver. That’s a suspension.
#NASCAR Bubba Wallace can go fuck himself. Talentless crybaby bitch. Intentionally causes a wreck and acts like it was Larson's fault. Would love to see him get nailed with a huge fine and suspension. No respect for people with that kind of behavior. Good on Larson–
Hey @NASCAR, you penalized a driver(Custer) for helping his teammate. Bubba Wallace deserves the same $100,000 fine and an indefinite suspension. Custer put no one in danger, never destroyed anyone’s car and never tried to make you look bad. What Wallace did was disgusting.
Even self-proclaimed Bubba fans were saying he crossed the line:
I usually don’t trash Bubba Wallace @BubbaWallace but he should be suspended for the season for that. Not classy. Especially In these cars that aren’t safe to take hits like that! Right? @dennyhamlin ?
And many Bubba fans also pointed out that NASCAR set the precedent to NOT suspend drivers in situations like this way back in 2010 when Carl Edwards flipped Brad Keselowski at Atlanta.
Bubba Wallace intentional crash reminds me of when Carl Edwards flipped Brad K at Atlanta in the Spring of 2010. Another crash that is similar is Kyle Busch wrecking Ron Hornaday in the 2011 fall Texas truck race. #NASCARpic.twitter.com/2odRY8yV4z
Anyone saying #BubbaWallace should be suspended needs to go back and look at the precedent @Nascar has set. Carl Edwards wasn’t suspended for flipping BK, Gragson wasn’t suspended after RA, KK also wasn’t suspended for taking out Danica.