Bubba Wallace posted two top-5 finishes over the weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Cup Series All-Star Race while battling boos and an apparent outage to his radio communications. Wallace has ruled him out while he focuses on the NASCAR playoffs.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke about the treatment Wallace receives at racetracks. Earnhardt talked about what he saw at Darlington Raceway the week before the All-Star event in North Wilkesboro.
«I was at Darlington a couple of weeks ago. We’re on this stage, and it’s the top 75 drivers all lined up. Outside of me, these are the best drivers that have ever been involved in the sport. All distinguished, different ages, all «They’re there to have this great experience. And the drivers are being introduced and walking past us, shaking hands one after the other. And it’s this moment that everyone would think would be a moment where they would behave themselves,» he explained in » The download of Dale Jr.».
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«And there’s a guy at the rail, the rail of the fans who are up front right away, there’s a guy at the rail. For the most part, everyone’s cheering. There’s a couple, you know they hit a couple People had a hard time, Denny (Hamlin) and all that. A bunch of booing. Nothing crazy.
«But Bubba is introduced and he walks across the stage and there’s this guy right in front of me and Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth and everybody else there, yelling at the top of their lungs, ‘Go home! Go home! home!’ over and over again, as hard as he could.
«And it was so disgusting. I really wanted to jump in there and be like, ‘Hey, could you stop? Is this really what you want to do right now? Is this how you want to behave right now in front of all these amazing people in front of What are you standing for? Richard Petty and all these legends, are you going to act this way?’
BUBBA WALLACE APPEARS TO TURN CAMERA OFF; NASCAR REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATED AN APPARENT HACK ON THE DRIVER’S RADIO
«And I was like man, that’s a day in the life of Bubba. And I was thinking, I know there are people who have hated on Kyle Busch and hated on other drivers, and they’ve probably said some nasty things. But I was really disappointed.» .»
As he alluded to the alleged Wallace radio incident, Earnhardt said the driver of the No. 23 goes through too much.
«I’ll tell you, man, Bubba Wallace takes more shit than anyone deserves,» he added.
By all accounts, Wallace is having a good season with 23XI Racing.
Wallace is 15th in points and is projected to make the playoffs if he continues his pace. A win would definitely help his chances. The Coke 600 is this weekend and Wallace finished 14th at Charlotte last season.
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He has three top 5 finishes this season and four top 10 finishes.