UPDATE: Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, said Monday morning that he will have a conversation with Bubba Wallace this week about Wallace’s confrontation with Alex Bowman after Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval..
O’Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “I would say I will be having a conversation with Bubba Wallace. I think that was really not classy whatsoever. I understand that drivers have issues with each other during a race, we totally get that, but when a driver is on the ground being attended to by medical personnel, you need to be smarter than that. We’ll have that conversation with Bubba and see how that goes and obviously prior to (this weekend’s race) at Dover.”
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ORIGINAL POST 9-29-2019: Following an on-track incident between the two in Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Roval, Bubba Wallace confronted a sitting down Alex Bowman, offering some words and throwing his drink in the driver’s face.
Following the race, Bowman indicated he needed medical attention, and he climbed from his car and sat on pit row.
“He don’t like to race. He just runs over everybody,” Wallace told NASCAR.com as he left the track. “He gets to Lap 1 and he runs over me and the 3 (Austin Dillon) into the back chicane. We’re back there in the trunk, man. Just take it easy for a lap. He had a fast car and he just run over us. Shoot us through the chicane and then we get a penalty for it. Every time he gets to me, he just runs over me.
“Smooth move of playing the sick card so I couldn’t bust him in his mouth.”
After Bowman was released from the infield care center, he tried to explain their back-and-forth.
“I don’t know if he was mad about the first lap or what but obviously, that was just a mistake,” Bowman said. “Then I got flipped over for every single straightaway for three laps. I got flipped off by him for three or four laps in Richmond so I was just over it.
I gotta stand up for myself at some point, right? Probably wouldn’t have gotten wrecked if he had his finger back in the car.”
Bowman also responded to Wallace’s post-race splash.”I probably shouldn’t repeat what he said to me, but nothing classy by any means,” Bowman said. “I mean, I get it, I’d be mad, too, but he put himself in that spot.”
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