Bubba Wallace comments for the first time since being suspended for retaliation on Kyle Larson
Two weeks ago, NASCAR raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drama surrounded the event with Bubba Wallace receiving a 1-race suspension.
Kyle Larson slid Bubba Wallace and Kevin Harvick for 5th. As they reached turn four, Wallace was still hanging onto the right rear of Larson.
As Larson moved up the track, he crowded Wallace. No contact was made and Larson gave him a lane. However, he put Wallace in a bad spot during the process.
Wallace bounced off the outside wall. He then turn left, stood on the gas and drove into the right rear of Larson at a high rate of speed. It was clear retaliation though Wallace initially attempted to say his steering was broken.
Both cars were totaled in the crash and they sat parked on the frontstretch. Wallace climbed from his machine, walked down the banking toward Larson’s machine with his hands in the air.
Right before reaching Larson, Wallace dropped his helmet. He then lunged toward Larson, shoving him against the No. 5 car. That was followed by several more shoves.
NASCAR threw the book at Wallace. He was suspended for last week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bubba Wallace has talked to Kyle Larson since the altercation
Wallace issued an apology. However, outside of that, he hasn’t commented since the incident, until today.
Bubba Wallace met with the media today at Martinsville Speedway:
“For the record, I have talked to Larson,” Bubba Wallace stated on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
“We had a great conversation, this week. The best thing for us is we both understood where our frustrations were and Moving forward, how we both could handle those situations better.”
Bubba Wallace comments on his talk with NASCAR after the penalty
NASCAR said that Wallace crossed a line. And, they wanted to set the standard going forward.
“I totally accept the penalty and the repercussions that came from my actions,” Bubba Wallace stated.
“I talked to [Steve] O’Donnell and I talked to [Steve] Phelps, I said, ‘Hey, I’m good with being the example, if we can keep this consistent, moving forward.’ “
“Because it’s happened multiple times this year. And, it may still continue to happen for other drivers, down the road.”
“I’ve definitely learned my lesson but we have to be consistent with this. No matter if it’s here at Martinsville or Daytona and Talladega. We gotta keep it consistent across all the boards and all the series.”
Wallace added, “That was the conversation. It was a good conversation.”