Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. spoke out against fellow NASCAR driver, Michael McDowell. McDowell hit Wallace’s car during the NASCAR All-Star Open on Thursday (July 16), which caused him to crash and overall wreck his car.
Wallace was only seventeen laps into the race when McDowell took the rear nose of his car into Wallace’s rear end. He immediately spun out.
What Bubba Wallace Had to Say
“Just disrespect,” Wallace told TMZ and other media outlets after the race. “When you get hooked right rear into the wall, I don’t even need to see a replay. Look at that s–t. Yeah, wow.”
He added, “People say he’s one of the nicest guys in the garage. I can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he is going to send me about preaching and praise and respect. What a joke he is.”
What Cameras Allegedly Captured
Finally, Wallace left a piece of his wrecked car near McDowell’s garage. Wallace was photographed leaving the piece by his semi-truck.
What’s Next For Bubba Wallace
Wallace was a favorite to win one of the stages of the All-Star open to qualify for the All-Star Race. The race was one of his last chances to get locked into the race. However, Wallace was leading the fan vote, which would have qualified him for the race. NASCAR announced that Clint Bowyer surprisingly won the fan vote.
Wallace is expected to compete this weekend at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 in Texas.
The Crowd’s Reaction
Unfortunately, the 20,000 fans were not on Wallace’s side. They allegedly boo’ed Wallace during the race and cheered once he had crashed his car.
“Bubba Wallace was also booed when he was introduced, and many cheered when he crashed,” Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer tweeted. “NASCAR still has a lot of work to do to back up its position. The group Justice 4 Diversity held signs along Speedway Blvd. after the race.”
Finally, she added that even though NASCAR banned the confederate flag at all events and races, they still displayed it. The flag was flying over Bristol Motor Speedway along with fans displaying it across from the main entrance. There were reportedly “many” fans in the stands that wore it or had items with it as well.