Bubba Wallace Jr. escapes fines and penalties with one-race ban
NASCAR has granted a one-race suspension to 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace Jr.
Driver #45 will miss the next Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which starts at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday.
The ban on a race without fines or point penalties was assessed.
The suspension is under the heading of Sections 4.4.C in the NASCAR rulebook,
which states that “intentionally destroying or rotating another vehicle,
whether or not that vehicle is removed from competition as a result”.
On Tuesday night, 23XI Racing released a statement via social media that indicated it would not appeal the suspension.
The organization also named Camping World Truck Series driver John-Hunter Nemechek as the replacement for Bubba Wallace Jr.
The incident began on lap 94 of 267 when Kyle Larson slid across the track,
pushing Wallace Jr. to the front wall in a tight race for fifth position.
Wallace Jr. turned and ran down the lane and slammed into the back of Larson's #5 car.
These moves caused both drivers to go off the track along with playoff contender Christopher Bell.
After the two cars stopped in the infield, Wallace Jr. walked towards Larson,
confronted him and pushed him several times before the race officials separated them.
Since then, Bubba Wallace Jr. issued an apology for his actions on his social media account and captioned it as “reflection”.