Bubba Wallace expressed his displeasure with the NASCAR tower following the conclusion of the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway this past Sunday.
Wallace finished fifth but told FS1 he was “pissed off” after NASCAR put a number of cars ahead of him following a late race accident involving Martin Truex Jr. that sent the race into NASCAR Overtime.
With 13 laps to go to the end of the race, Wallace restarted in 14th. However, before they even completed a single lap, Martin Truex Jr. wrecked when he drove Joey Logano up the track and into the wall. Logano bounced off the wall and hit Truex Jr. in the left rear quarter panel sending him spinning nose first into the outside wall.
The wreck collected a number of cars including Aric Almirola, Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney.
In the ensuing restart, Wallace started in 10th with Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney starting ahead of him.
Wallace would make quick work of Blaney, who had a terrible restart, easily driving past him on the high side. When Chastain wrecked himself and Larson in an almost identical move to Truex on Logano, he quickly worked his way to the inside to avoid the carnage.
In NASCAR Overtime, Wallace would start in 7th still behind Harvick, Elliott, Keselowski, and Blaney. However, due to the choose cone, he actually started on the bottom alongside Harrison Burton on the third row, while Blaney chose the top side and started on the top of the fourth row.
Wallace would sit back on the restart and actually run side by side with Blaney. However, he would quickly drive past him and Burton heading into Turn 1. However, his run was stymied by Brad Keselowski ahead of him. Nevertheless, Wallace was able to eventually get around Burton and take home the fifth spot.
Following the race, Wallace expressed his displeasure, but first noted he got behind due to a bad pit stop earlier in the race, “Unfortunately, we had that one bad pit stop that set us behind. Team never gives up. It’s good to rebound fifth.”
However, he then noted, “I keep looking at that pylon pissed off. There’s a couple cars that were involved in a wreck that got put back in front of us. So it’s bullcrap. Is that nice? Is that good? Frustrating to see that we got beat like that because I feel like our car was really good especially at the beginning. Thought we were a second place car to the 19 there.”
What do you make of Wallace’s comments? Do you agree with him? Should those drivers been put behind on the restart following Truex’s crash?