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NASCAR fines Bubba Wallace $50k for post-race Chicago conflict with Bowman

Bubba Wallace has been penalized for operating into race winner Alex Bowman on the cool-down lap following the conclusion of final weekend’s NASCAR Cup Collection race on the Chicago Road Course.

Shortly after Hendrick Motorsports driver Bowman took the checkered flag in Sunday’s darkness-shortened race, Wallace drove up alongside him and slammed into the aspect of his No. 48 Chevrolet.

The transfer was in obvious displeasure over an incident between the drivers earlier within the race. On Lap 25, Bowman clipped the aspect of Wallace’s No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota and despatched him right into a spin, which additionally compelled Trackhouse’s Daniel Suarez to return to a halt within the No. 99 automotive.

Wallace, who’s combating to make the playoffs, had began sixth and was operating within the prime 10 on the time. He was by no means in competition for the win after the incident and completed thirteenth.

Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, McDonald’s Toyota Camry

Picture by: Rusty Jarrett / NKP / Motorsport Photos

On Wednesday, NASCAR selected to advantageous Wallace $50,000 however didn’t penalize him any driver factors because it did final week with an incident involving Carson Hocevar at Nashville, when the Spire Motorsports-run rookie turned Harrison Burton below a warning.

That resulted in quite a lot of drivers having to take evasive motion, whereas security automobiles had been additionally on observe to take care of the unique crash that befell Brad Keselowski.

Per NASCAR, Wallace violated Sections 4.4B of the NASCAR Member Code of Conduct, calling it a behavioral penalty. 

After the race Sunday, Bowman mentioned he didn’t imagine Wallace deserved a penalty.

“He has each proper to be mad; I’d be mad, too,” Bowman mentioned. “I attempted to name him throughout the rain delay, and I shot him a textual content.

“Nothing I can do to make it higher, and I’m certain us successful in all probability solely makes it worse.

“I simply tousled and ruined his day, so I hate that.”

Wallace was docked factors, in addition to fined, in 2019 for admitting that he deliberately spun to deliver out a warning at Texas, when driving for Richard Petty Motorsports.

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Oliver Wright
Oliver Wright
Oliver Wright specializes in Formula 1 and cycling. Oliver’s race analyses and feature stories provide readers with detailed insights into these fast-paced sports.


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