During the playoff race in Las Vegas, Bubba Wallace appeared to retaliate against Kyle Larson by creating a collision. Wallace repeatedly shoved Larson during a confrontation after the accident. Jeff Burton, a former driver, criticized the collision and asserted that it could have gone far worse. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace got into a fight after Bubba Wallace crashed out of this weekend’s race in Las Vegas.
When the two collided on the track, defending champion Larson shoved Wallace into a wall as they exited a corner. Wallace looked to purposefully hit Larson from behind after the cars had split off, sending both spinning and out of the race.
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He calmly approached Larson after getting out of his car and began shoving and yelling at him for forcing him against the wall.
—NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022 Even worse, Christopher Bell, a playoff driver, was disqualified from the opening Round of Eight race as a result of the collision. Bell now probably needs a victory to proceed because there are only two races left to determine which four drivers will contend for the championship.
Wallace had every right to be angry at Larson throughout the show, but everyone in the booth seems to agree that he went too far. Jeff Burton, a former NASCAR driver, was the most outspoken in his criticism of Wallace’s course of action.
Burton remarked, “It simply seems to me like Bubba hangs a left to retaliate.” “That bothers me,” you say. When they’re moving so quickly, it’s quite risky to hit someone in the right-rear corner panel. That is incorrect. It’s Kyle Larson’s fault that Bubba ended up in the wall after a blatant mistake on his part. However, the retaliation on a right-rear corner panel on a 1.5-mile racetrack is quite risky.
Cliff Daniels, Larson’s crew chief, was overheard on the radio declaring the maneuver purposeful immediately following the collision.
If that wasn’t done on purpose, Daniels remarked, “I don’t know what was.”
When questioned about Daniels’ remark, Wallace vehemently denied hitting Larson on purpose.
Wallace told NBC, “Cliff is clever enough to realize how easily these automobiles fail.” “The steering was gone when you get purposefully pushed into the barrier like he did, trying to get me to lift “off the gas.” Just by chance, he was there. I never lift. I don’t lift, so I am aware of how novice I am to racing at the front.
Wallace cut off the conversation when it came up again regarding revenge, yelling, “Stop fishing. Quit fishing.
Wallace’s claim, though, seemed to be refuted by NBC’s on-screen telemetry. It demonstrated that Wallace had the brakes fully applied prior to colliding with Larson, which was unexpected if he had lost control of the steering.