Pit crew issues tormented 23XI driver Bubba Wallace in last week Cup Series race at Nashville,sparking a sudden heated radio exchange between crew chief Bootie Barker and Wallace.
Bubba Wallace , was informed by crew chief Barker that he needed to stop following a loose wheel. As he tried to stop, his car was hit in the tail by Tyler Reddick’s ride at Nashville.
On Sunday at Road America Denny Hamlin called out Bubba for his Nashville antics saying “a driver can’t embarrass a race team”.
“Can’t air our dirty laundry on the radio” – Hendrick Motorsports VP calls out Bubba Wallace for his Nashville antics with crew chief
Hamlin added that he hopes Bubba Wallace continues to get better with his in-car radio comments to his 23XI team.
“you know you can’t embarrass the race team that’s for sure so i think he knows where we stand on it and hopefully continues to be better” Said Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace says his team (23XI Racing) understands he will get frustrated in situations
Wallace explained the pointed criticism he made toward members of his 23XI crew last weekend were a result of his passion to win and shouldn’t damage his relationship with them.
“We have a team capable of winning, cars capable of winning,” Bubba said as he prepared for the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Road America. “That just creates passion.”
Bubba Wallace says his team understands he will get frustrated in situations like he had last week at Nashville.
Wallace: “I’ve got to rebound. I’ve got to stay in it mentally.”
Will he do anything different? “Just don’t key up. Simple as that.” pic.twitter.com/BGJlfjdoMB
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 2, 2022
“The team still has a great relationship,” Wallace added. “Not everybody’s going to be happy in a sport like this and a business like this. Just got to work to do your best. I’ll do better and be better.”
Bubba Wallace remains alive in the hunt for a Cup Series playoff spot. However, a win is needed to secure his spot. Bubba currently sits 24th in the standings and 139 points below the cut line with nine races to go in the regular season.