Bubba Wallace apologizes for actions after incident with Kyle Larson
Bubba Wallace apologized Monday night for his actions after his on-track incident with Kyle Larson in Sunday’s Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
After he was forced into the wall while racing Larson, Wallace’s car came down the track and hooked Larson, sending both into the wall. Wallace told NBC Sports’ Marty Snider that his steering did not work at that point. Larson said that Wallace’s action was retaliatory.
After the cars came to rest, Wallace exited his car before safety personnel arrived, walked on the track during the caution to Larson and repeatedly shoved Larson before a NASCAR official stepped in.
Wallace wrote in his apology Monday: “I compete with immense passion, and with passion at times comes frustration. Upon reflecting, I should have represented our partners and core team values better than I did by letting my frustrations follow me outside of the car. You live and learn, and I intend to learn from this.”
Toyota teammate Christopher Bell was collected in the race and could not continue. Bell is last among the remaining playoff drivers in the standings heading into Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC).
Wallace also wrote in his statement: “I want to apologize to NASCAR and the fans, along with Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Toyota for putting them in a situation in the Playoffs that they do not deserve.”
NASCAR has stated it will review the entirety of the incident between Wallace and Larson. Any penalties could come Tuesday.