Bubba Wallace clarifies comment that he should be replaced

The NASCAR driver emotionally stated that he should be replaced in the NASCAR Cup Series after two weeks of mistakes

Three weeks ago, Bubba Wallace spun out in the opening laps of the NASCAR Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 23 team reloaded for the following week at Circuit of the Americas…

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At COTA, a week after Atlanta, Bubba Wallace had a huge run on Ross Chastain out of turn 11. He peeked to his inside down the long straight into turn 12. That peak was to see where his braking point was.

As he peeked out, he tucked right back in behind Chastain. That’s when Chastain went to brake pedal.

Wallace was going to drive right into the back of him. Instead, he turned left and then went to the brake.

“I was like, ‘Oh shit. I’m going to clean him out.’ So, I turned left,” Bubba Wallace told Bob Pockrass.

“When I did that, the way our cars are setup, you’re on the right rear shock so hard that it loaded and locked up the rears. Next thing you know, I looked like Larson at Indy. I was just gone.”

Wallace blew right through the corner. He slammed into Kyle Larson and Erik Jones.

“Just trying not to wreck the No. 1 car. I should have done that, a lot of people would have been happy with me for wrecking the No. 1,” Wallace added with a laugh.

After COTA Wallace said he needed to be replaced:

After the crash, Wallace was visibly emotional. He was hard on himself saying, “I’m trying my hardest not to go down the slippery slope of self-doubt here. Two weeks in a row, making rookie mistakes, six years into Cup. I need to be replaced.”

Bubba Wallace says, “I need to be replaced.”

Bubba Wallace explains why he emotionally stated that he needed to be replaced after the crash

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, poses on the track during qualifying for the Busch Light Pole at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2023 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“Two weeks in a row where you’re out 4 laps in, is unacceptable,” Wallace said a week later.

“I’ve had a lot of texts. My family was the first to reach out. Everybody makes mistakes but at this level, we gotta clean it up.”

“It was just a comment, that’s how f’ing hard I am on myself. If I was running a race team, two mistakes, back to back. The talks need to start.”

“But, I’m locked in for a decent amount of time now,” Wallace said noting his contract. “So, I just gotta clean it up.”

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