Bubba Wallace takes another clever dig at Kyle Petty over ‘mentally fragile’ comment

Bubba Wallace finished seventh in his first Playoffs race at Darlington.

Bubba Wallace takes another clever dig at Kyle Petty over ‘mentally fragile’ comment

Bubba Wallace and Kyle Petty (Via IMAGO)

Kyle Petty did not hold back on his comments during the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season in Daytona, where he condemned Bubba Wallace for refusing to give interviews to the media before the race. Wallace, who was in a very tough spot at that time as he was fighting for a spot in the Playoffs until the last moment, has retorted at Petty’s statements ahead of the race in Darlington.


Wallace took a clever dig at Petty in a post-race interview. Wallace joked that he is fulfilling his media obligations before the race, and if he starts saying too much, he might be anxious or mentally fragile. Even though Petty retracted his comments soon after he gave them, Wallace still seems to be pent-up about them, which is becoming more visible after he has successfully qualified for the Playoffs.

 “I am just here to fulfill my media obligations before the race. I got a word count, though. So, I start speaking too many words, I start to get really anxious and mentally fragile,” Wallace told Kyle Dalton.

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Bubba Wallace reflects on his debut stint in the Cup Series Playoffs

Bubba Wallace
Bubba Wallace (Credits: On3.com)

Bubba Wallace had a topsy-turvy race in Darlington, which was quite eventful. Having a slow start with early mistakes and even spinning at one time, Wallace recovered by the end of the race and finished in seventh place. Post-race, Wallace revealed that he was not happy with his performance and looked to improve before the next race.

Wallace apologized to Joey Logano, with whom he made contact on his left rear quarter panel, following which Wallace had spun out. Wallace added that he does not want to make enemies going into just one race in the Playoffs since that would make things much more difficult for him. He showed gratitude towards his team as he again apologized for his mistakes.

“I’m not happy with myself. Apologies to Joey [Logano]…I think the important thing to learn here is to not make enemies race one when you’re in the playoffs because they make it hell…  I’ve got to be better. I appreciate the team for sticking behind me through all of the mistakes that I caused them. They didn’t let us down and got us back to a top-10 finish,” said Wallace.

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