NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell will speak to Bubba Wallace about his postrace actions at Charlotte.
A leading NASCAR official says he will talk to driver Bubba Wallace following his postrace actions on Sunday after the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Bowman and Wallace had a race-long conflict that began on the first lap and peaked on lap 42 when the Hendrick Motorsports driver intentionally spun his Richard Petty Motorsports counterpart. Wallace had flipped off Bowman several times during the race, something he does quite frequently, and Bowman shoved him down the backstretch and around after the chicane as a result.
In retaliation, Wallace marched over to Bowman on pit road after the race and tossed the contents of a Powerade bottle in his face.
Bowman had been sick all weekend and the final red flag left him dehydrated. He was receiving medical care at the time and Wallace’s liquid assault also doused NASCAR’s medical chief and Jeff Gordon, the Hendrick Motorsports legend who had stopped to check on Bowman.
Thus, in an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, NASCAR vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell expects to have a chat with Wallace at some point on Monday.
“I would say I will be having a conversation with Bubba Wallace,” O’Donnell said. “I think that was really not classy whatsoever. I understand that drivers have issues with each other during a race, we totally get that, but when a driver is on the ground being attended to by medical personnel, you need to be smarter than that.
“We’ll have that conversation with Bubba and see how that goes and obviously prior to (this weekend) at Dover.”
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