Bubba Wallace Booed by Fans, Crashes at First NASCAR Qualifier Since Garage Incident
NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace was roundly booed by fans Wednesday during his first racing track appearance following a controversial incident in which he claimed a hangman’s noose had been hung in his garage stall.
The presence of an alleged noose in Bubba’s garage stall before a NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama became a major controversy within the sport, with most of the competing racers joining Wallace for a walk around the racetrack in solidarity with a competitor who had been allegedly targeted in a racist act. However, following a NASCAR and FBI hate crime investigation involving no less than 15 FBI agents, it was revealed that the alleged noose was no more than a garage door pull, placed in the garage months before Wallace was ever assigned the spot.
Wallace has contrasted between acknowledging the incident was a false alarm and continuing to maintain that the rope in question was a noose in various media interviews.
Wallace later failed to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race during the qualifier at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, crashing during the race.
Wallace went on to castigate another driver who he held responsible for his racetrack crash, calling Michael McDowell a “joke.”
"What a joke he is." @BubbaWallace on @Mc_Driver. pic.twitter.com/3l2RIloWqH
— NASCAR Alerts (@NASCAR_Alerts) July 15, 2020
Wallace went on to place the bumper of his racecar in front of McDowell’s garage, sending a message of some sort to his competitor.
.@BubbaWallace took the bumper of his wrecked #43 car and dropped it a the hauler door of @Mc_Driver.
Not a happy driver.
PC: @PaulEdSutton, @peterstratta #NASCAR #AllStarOpen pic.twitter.com/G4fVWQ3Xid
— Noah Lewis (NASCAR Writer) (@Noah_Lewis1) July 15, 2020