Bubba Wallace’s runner-up finish in North Wilkesboro’s non-championship All-Star race was tarnished by racist messages intended for the driver via 23XI Racing team radio.
Several fans booed the 23XI Racing driver during the All-Star Race driver’s introductions. Wallace reacted in appropriate form by flipping the bird.
Following the race Bubba was seen flipping the bird at the start of his post-race interview with Jamie Little.
Bubba Wallace shows critics “middle finger” during live broadcast at All-Star Race
According to Fox Sports NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass Wallace won’t be penalized for flipping the bird on pit road after the race.
“Bubba Wallace won’t be penalized for flipping the bird on pit road after the race. It is NASCAR’s understanding he was gesturing to a friend and while inappropriate, it wasn’t done malicious.” – Bob Pockrass
NASCAR is reportedly investigating a malicious stunt on Bubba Wallace’s team radio after it was hijacked.
“NASCAR said it’s looking into derogatory comments made toward Bubba on his radio channel after event.”
“Bubba already had unhooked radio & didn’t hear them. It happens occasionally that someone not with a team taps into and gets on a team’s radio since they use public frequencies.” – Pockrass
Bubba Wallace won't be penalized for flipping the bird on pit road after the race. It is NASCAR's understanding he was gesturing to a friend and while inappropriate, it wasn't done malicious.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 22, 2023
Bubba Wallace’s team radio channel was somehow hacked into close to the end of Sunday’s race, and someone began attempting to talk to the driver with racist comments.
“Go back to where you came from you (a**hole),” someone says.
“You suck and you’re not wanted in NASCAR,” the voice says again after a long pause.
NASCAR is currently investigating who hacked into the 23xi team channel and how they were capable of doing so.