Fallout from Daytona
This weekend, Bubba Wallace makes his second start as a full-time NASCAR driver. It’s completely different ball game than last week in Daytona.
“It’s a reset for us now,” Bubba Wallace tells Fox Sports in regards to the first mile and a half track of the year. “We’re moved on from Daytona.”
“Still caring the momentum. That’s the only thing we can bring over. Besides all the media, [they] still ask questions about it,” Wallace says with a smile.
“It’s been a great week. We’re all excited. We’ve got the rest of the season to fight for.”
“Finishing 2nd’s great, for that moment. But, now we’re focused on Atlanta, a place I’ve never been to. Just like the majority of the tracks on the schedule, I’ve never been to in a cup car.”
“So, it’s totally different challenge for us. I’m excited about it.”
At Daytona International Speedway, Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace made contact coming to the line as they side drafted each other. Hamlin ended up putting Bubba Wallace in the wall and lost the 2nd place Daytona 500 finish by an inch or so.
In his post race interview, Bubba Wallace said, “I want to see the replay before I say something stupid. But, he might need to take some Adderall for that one.”
After that comment from Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin was asked for a response in the media center. Where he said, “He cut my right front tire down.”
Upon exiting the media center, Hamlin bumped into Wallace where they had a heated face to face discussion.
It’s wasn’t the on-track contact that Hamlin was upset about. It was the Adderall comment to the TV crew.
After that altercation, Hamlin took to twitter:
“Let me clue the idiots on Twitter what I was pissed off about. I had no issue with how the race ended. I was minding my own business on the bottom of the track and out of the blue I get ran into, my tire blown, and perfectly straight car destroyed. I’m good with all that,” Hamlin stated via twitter.
“Then, I go do media and everything is fine. Then the last question is what was my response to what Bubba said. I had no issue until not only did he place blame on me but then went on to make personal comments about myself. I left the media center and saw Bubba 30 secs later.”
“Anyone who wouldn’t take offense to the stupid things that was said has absolutely no backbone. I have one,” the tweets from Hamlin concluded.
Bubba Wallace on Hamlin
It’s a new week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has Daytona in the rearview mirror. Now, the teams unload at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But, Wallace left his golf league and basketball league in Daytona…
“I just told Denny I was fine. I’m still fine with him today. I’ve got nothing to hold against him. He’s won here a couple times so he knows what to ask for in these race cars. I’m still trying to figure it out.”
“Although, I do need to find a new golf league and a basketball league. So, that’s alright.”
Denny Hamlin hosts both a golf league as well as a basketball league. Each league is full of racing drivers. Until Daytona, Bubba Wallace was in both.
Practice is currently underway at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Early in the first practice session, Bubba Wallace found himself at the top of the board to the Richard Pretty Motorsports machine!