During Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, Kurt Busch‘s No. 1 car crashed into an interior wall and caught flames. Following the accident, it didn’t take long for NASCAR fans to pile on driver Bubba Wallace on social media for being involved in the wreck.
Darlington Raceway welcomed the series to South Carolina on Sunday. The egg-shaped 1.366-mile track is known for its difficulties. There’s a reason it’s nicknamed “The Track Too Tough to Tame.” The race often brings about multiple accidents, and today was no different. Drivers Aric Almirola and Cole Custer had already crashed, but Busch’s wreck took the spotlight and brought the ire of fans upon Wallace.
In a clip from FOX‘s NASCAR account on Twitter, the announcers reviewed the replay of the crash. Mike Joy and former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon realized on-air that Wallace clipped Busch.
“The blue car, which may have been [Ricky] Stenhouse, just might have nicked him as he came around. Hard to say,” Joy said during the broadcast.
“Actually Wallace. Yea, Wallace,” Joy said after seeing a different angle of the replay.
“Did they make contact? Yea,” Gordon said in response.
NASCAR Fans Blame and Defend Bubba Wallace
Not long after Busch and Wallace’s race cars came in contact, NASCAR fans online were left divided over who was responsible for the accident. Some blamed Wallace, but others said Busch’s car came into the No. 23 car.
One fan on Twitter referenced the nose of Wallace’s car. Since the front end was caved in, he took that as evidence that Bubba is to blame.
Another Twitter user called Wallace out and asked NASCAR if they’re going to fine the racer and also called him a “trash driver.”
“Oh look Bubba Smollett caused another wreck. When are you gonna fine him @NASCAR ?? You gonna wait till he wrecks everyone? He averages a lap down in 20th, it’s not like he’s fighting for position he’s just a trash driver with a hot head attitude. Get it right Nascar,” the fan tweeted.
“‘Unintentional contact’ = Bubba Wallace can’t drive for s–t,” a third fan tweeted, blaming Wallace.
However, there were plenty of other NASCAR fans that thought Wallace was getting a bad rap. Not only did some think Busch is at fault for the accident, but many deemed it unfair that NASCAR took away the racer’s free pass, which would’ve allowed him to catch up to the pack under caution.
“Wtf @NASCAR!?!? Taking away @BubbaWallace free pass bc Kurt Busch got sideways and he happen to touch him?? Come on Nascar,” one Twitter user posted who blamed Busch for the incident.
Even Wallace himself seemed stunned by NASCAR’s decision when he simply responded “Wow!” to the news. Regardless, Darlington didn’t exactly go as planned for Busch or Wallace. Both drivers will try to bounce back next weekend at Dover International Speedway.