Bubba Wallace suspended by NASCAR after wrecking Kyle Larson

NASCAR penalty report from Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Four penalties issued

Over the weekend, the 1.5-mile of Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series. The race brought drama early as Bubba Wallace retaliated on Kyle Larson then walked over and pushed him several times.

View the NASCAR penalty report from Las Vegas Motor Speedway below.

Video: Bubba Wallace vs Kyle Larson at Las Vegas (Video)

On lap 95, Kyle Larson pulled a slide job on Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace. He was able to clear Harvick but Wallace hung onto his outside. As Larson ran wide off turn four, he crowded Wallace.

No contact was made. However, Wallace got into the wall due to the angle he was forced to take off the corner.

After bouncing off the wall, Wallace turned hard left. He remained full throttle until he tagged Larson in the right rear. Larson was hooked through the tri-oval at a high rate of speed. Both drivers slammed the wall and were out of the race as a result of the retaliation.

The No. 45 driver initially stated that it wasn’t retaliation and that his steering was broken. In an apology issued Monday, he backtracked on that.

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As the cars sat parked on the frontstretch, both drivers were able to climb from their machines. Wallace then walked over to Larson with his hands in the air. Wallace then shoved Larson into his own car. He pushed him several more times as Larson attempted to walk away.

Following the altercation, a NASCAR official attempted to guide Wallace to the ambulance, per protocol. The official put his hands in front of Wallace but Wallace pushed his hands away and continued walking across the infield. He walked to the infield care center by foot.

Wallace is found in violation of Sections 4.3.A as well as 4.4.C & E. He’s been suspended as noted in the NASCAR penalty report issued Tuesday afternoon.

Rule 4.4.C: The section noted “intentionally wrecking or spinning another vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is removed from Competition as a result.”

William Byron was also recently penalized for on-track retaliation on Denny Hamlin. However, that didn’t result in a suspension.

William Byron vs Denny Hamlin (Video)

Las Vegas Penalties
NASCAR Cup Series

Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson - Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR Cup Series
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 04: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, talks with Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Cincinnati Chevrolet, in victory lane after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Cup Series YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 04, 2021 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Driver: No. 45 Bubba Wallace

Violation Date: October 16th, 2022

Sections: (4.3.A; 4.4.C & E) NASCAR Member Code of Conduct

Penalty Type: Behavioral

Penalty: Driver Bubba Wallace has been suspended from the next NASCAR Cup Series championship event.

Video: Bubba Wallace vs Kyle Larson at Las Vegas (Video)

Driver: No. 18 Kyle Busch

Violation Date: October 16th, 2022

Sections: ( Loss or separation of an improperly installed tire/wheel from the vehicle.

Penalty Type: Safety

Penalty: Crew chief Ben Beshore, crew members Derrell Edwards and Miachel Hicks are suspended for the next four races.

Las Vegas Penalties
NASCAR Xfinity Series

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Ty Gibbs – Richmond Raceway – NASCAR Xfinity Series

Driver: No. 54 Ty Gibbs

Infraction Date: October 15, 2022 (Post-Race)

Level: Safety

Infraction: Sections – Tires and Wheels – Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.

Penalty: Crew chief ( Chris Gayle ) has been fined $5,000.

Driver: No. 51 Jeremy Clements

Infraction Date: October 15, 2022 (Post-Race)

Level: L1

Infraction: Sections – Body – Note: Flange fit composite body must be used as supplied from the manufacture without modification.

Penalty: Crew chief ( Mark Setzer ) has been fined $25,000 and he’s suspended for the next four races. The team has been docked 40 driver and owner points.

Other Notes

NASCAR Member: Andrew Abbott

Abbott has been reinstated and is eligible to return to NASCAR activity

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