UPDATE: Bubba Wallace says he regrets that others were splashed by liquid he sprayed at Alex Bowman but did not regret doing it to Bowman.
Wallace said Saturday at Dover International Speedway that he apologized to Jeff Gordon and Dr. Angela Fiege, medical director of the AMR NASCAR Safety team and reached out to Hendrick Motorsports executive Jeff Andrews, who also was splashed.
Asked if things are over with Bowman, Wallace said: “We’ll see. He’s already on six strikes.”
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ORIGINAL POST 10-4-2019:
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 CINCINNATI CAMARO ZL1, Media Breakout Session Highlights:
IT’S BEEN ONE WEEK REMOVED FROM THE INCIDENT WITH BUBBA WALLACE. WHERE DO YOU SIT WITH THAT TODAY GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND?
“I’m just focused on running well this weekend. I’m focused on my race car, trying to give the best feedback I can throughout practice, and being strong today and Sunday.”
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT LAST WEEKEND COMING BACK TO HAUNT YOU THIS WEEKEND?
“I think that’s more of a question for those guys than it is for me. All I can do is go out there and do my job. I don’t know, you’ll have to ask them.”
“I haven’t. I feel like he said what he had to say after the race. I’ve just been kind of moving forward since then. I don’t think we need to talk before Sunday. I think it is what it is.”
DID IT BOTHER YOU THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT YOU LAST WEEKEND?
“I don’t really like attention, good or bad. I just kind of like to do my own thing and fly under the radar. That’s almost like ‘why do people want to talk to me’, but I’m just focused on moving forward. I feel like that comes with doing my job.”
DID YOU HEAR FROM YOUR CREW CHIEF OR ANYONE? I DON’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT PEOPLE BEING IMPRESSED BY YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE HUMBLE, BUT PEOPLE WERE REALLY IMPRESSED BY YOU.
“Obviously, I talked with Jeff Gordon a lot after the race and a bunch of people from the team. I’m appreciative of all their help and support, I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m glad I’m able to lean on the depth of knowledge from the people we have at HMS.”
“Like you said, I just have to do what got me here and keep running how we have been. We need to run better than we have been. We just need to keep digging. It’s those guys’ job to race as well, they aren’t supposed to pull over and let us go by any means. We’re here to race, we’re here to put on a show. Hopefully the people have been entertained. That’s what we’re here to do, right? We’re entertainers (laughs).”
DOES THAT HURT YOU WHEN TRYING TO MEND ANY KIND OF RELATIONSHIPS IN THE GARAGE IF YOU DON’T LIKE TO TALK TO PEOPLE?
“I don’t know. I feel like, for me, I don’t really talk to those guys anyways. I kind of bring my friends with me to the race track. I’m not here to be driver’s friend. I’ve said that since I started here. I’m not here to be friends with the people that I’m paid to beat every weekend. There are some guys that get along really well in the garage, but I just kind of stick to myself. It’s not anything against anyone. I’m just kind of quite and keep to myself.”
COMING OUT OF LAST WEEK, IS THAT A GLIMPSE OF WHO ALEX BOWMAN IS?
“I don’t know. I don’t really know how to answer that, I guess. I’m just kind of me. I feel like I haven’t really changed much over the course of the years. I just kind of do my own thing. I’m not going to give up. I feel like our team gets written off really quickly in a lot of these situations and people like to say that we’re not going to run well. I have a lot of fun proving those people wrong sometimes.”
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