Bubba Wallace shoved Kyle Larson multiple times after he appeared to intentionally crash Larson after Wallace brushed the wall while the two drivers raced side-by-side off Turn 4 in the first stage of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas.
Larson was on Wallace’s inside and his car drifted up the track. Wallace’s car hit the wall and then went left and hit the right rear of Larson’s car. That crashed both of them and also collected playoff driver Christopher Bell.
Kyle Larson hits Bubba Wallace.— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022
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Wallace immediately exited his car after the crash and walked across the track and into the infield where Larson was exiting his car. He pushed Larson multiple times as Larson clearly did not want to engage in a fight of any sort.
Bubba Wallace is NOT HAPPY with Kyle Larson.— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022
Some pushes and shoves after they wreck. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/aaAn0idrJp
Wallace denied that he crashed Larson on purpose after exiting the infield care center. He said that he was unable to steer his car after hitting the wall.
“When you get shoved in the fence deliberately like he did trying to force me to lift — steering was gone. He just so happened to be there,” Wallace said.
Both drivers were running in the top ten at the time of the crash.
“He knows what he did was wrong,” Wallace said of Larson. “He wanted to question what I was doing, he never cleared me.”
Larson said that he understood why Wallace was upset with his aggressive move and pointed out that Wallace’s attempt to retaliate ended both of their races, not just Larson’s.
“I obviously made an aggressive move into [Turn 3], got in low and loose and chased it up a bit and he got to my right front and it got him tight and into the wall,” Larson said.
“Knew he was going to retaliate so like I said, he had a reason to be mad. But his race wasn’t over until he retaliated.”