Las vigas — Bubba Wallace Try to fight against the reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson After Sunday’s crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway which also brought together the title contender Christopher Bell.
Wallace had driven 29 laps and had a clearly fast car in the opening race of the third round of qualifying. Wallace did not qualify for the playoffs, and Larson was eliminated last week.
The incident started when Larson attempted a three-way pass – Kevin Harvick In the middle he was knocked out of the group – and Larson slid over the track against Wallace. When Wallace didn’t pick up to give Larson anywhere, Larson used his Chevrolet to push Toyota Wallace into a wall.
Wallace then bounced down the track, followed Larson’s car to the parking lot and seemed to purposely tie him up in retaliation. That prompted Larson to spin off Bell Road, who last Sunday beat Charlotte to claim automatic in the quarter-finals, and finished Bell’s race.
Wallace got out of his car and walked toward Larson. Wallace was screaming before he got to Larson and immediately started pushing the younger driver. Larson tried to get away from him and raised his arms a few times to fend off Wallace’s gaskets, but Wallace got several shots before the NASCAR safety factor separated the two.
Wallace said he did not intentionally destroy Larson, but both Larson and Bell considered this to be clear retaliation. NASCAR could sanction Wallace if it also believed he had deliberately retaliated. NASCAR said it will review the incident, which appears to have prompted Wallace to an official, and will issue any penalties next week.
“I’m smart enough to know how easy these cars are to break, so when you’re being deliberately pushed over the fence as he did in trying to force me to lift, the steering is gone,” Wallace said. “Larson wanted to make a triple wide dive bomb, but he never exonerated me nor did I lift it.
“I know I’m kind of new to running up front, but I don’t lift. I wasn’t even in place to lift and it didn’t lift, either, and now we’re junk. Just [very bad] move his execution.”
Asked what message he was trying to send Larson when he started pushing him, Wallace said, “He knows.”
Wallace said, “He knows what he did was wrong. He wanted to wonder what I was doing, and he didn’t exonerate me.”
What about Bill turning into collateral damage?
“Sport,” Wallace, who works like a Toyota driver Bill, said, shrugging his shoulders.
Larson, who hit a wall last week in Charlotte to contribute to his elimination in the playoff, said he wasn’t surprised that Wallace got him hooked.
“Obviously I made an aggressive move to [turn] “Three, she slipped down, and he chased after her a little bit,” Larson said. “He reached right in front of me, and screwed it to the wall. I knew he was going to take revenge. He had reason to go crazy, but his sweat didn’t end until he hit back.”
“That’s what it is. Just aggression turned into frustration and revenge.”
Larson said he thought Wallace’s crash of his was inappropriate given the amount of scrutiny NASCAR has been subject to regarding its new, next-generation car. Alex Bowmanwho is Larson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, was knocked out for the third race in a row due to a concussion, and Kurt Busch On getting away after suffering a concussion in July.
“I think with everything that’s been happening here lately, with head injuries… I don’t think it’s likely to be the right thing to do,” Larson said. “I’m sure everything goes, he’ll know he made a mistake on the revenge part and I’m sure he’ll think twice about it next time.”
He also said he expected Wallace to be ready for a fight when Wallace approached his wrecked car.
“I saw him walking, so I thought he’d do something,” Larson said. “He had every right to be upset. He’d better do it [fight] Who tore up our cars in a dangerous way.”
“We got the short end of the stick” with Larson and Wallace tussling, said Bale, who scored 34th on Sunday and slipped to last in the eight-driver qualifying.
“It’s disappointing because our performance is capable of racing for the championship, and it doesn’t look like we will make it to the championship,” he said.