Michael McDowell hopes to turn a negative interaction with Bubba Wallace into a positive outcome. The NASCAR star took to Twitter to respond after Wallace left the damaged bumper to his No. 43 car on McDowell’s hauler.
“Thank you @BubbaWallace for the gift,” McDowell tweeted. “Hopefully we can raise a lot of money for @FollowMRO. They are a CHRISTIAN ministry that has loved and served our @NASCAR community for over 30 years.”
The rift between the two drivers started at the Bristol Motor Speedway. McDowell bumped Wallace sending him into the wall. The collision caused enough damage to Wallace’s car to render him disqualified from the NASCAR All-Star race.
After the race, Wallace poked fun at McDowell during a TV interview. “People say [McDowell is] one of the nicest guys in the garage, can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he’s going to send me about preaching and praise and respect,” Wallace said. “What a joke he is.”
Michael McDowell and Bubba Wallace Team Up for Charity
To further send a message, Wallace then proceeded to dump his damaged bumper at Michael McDowell’s hauler. In response, McDowell hopes to join forces with Wallace in order to auction off the bumper.
McDowell’s fans seemingly appreciated the gesture. “I love the way you and @Team_FRM are handling this! FRM will always be at the top in our eyes!” one user wrote.
“Taking a negative and making a positive outcome,” another tweeted. “Well played…Even though Bubba did this from anger, it’s a funny move also on his part. Hope you both continue to roll with it and at some point auction something else off for a good cause.”
Despite his disappointment at missing out on the NASCAR All-Star race, Wallace agreed to help raise money for Follow MRO.
“When life gives you lemons, auction them off and raise money for @FollowMRO,” Wallace tweeted. “May not agree to what happened on the track, but we can agree on a positive outcome from the situation.”
Currently, the highest bid for the bumper comes in at $15,500. Bidding ends on July 27.