Bubba Wallace reveals his advice to Noah Gragson during sensitivity training after NASCAR suspension for the code of conduct breach

Bubba Wallace had a conversation with Noah Gragson after the social media controversy that cost him the Cup seat.


Bubba Wallace reveals his advice to Noah Gragson during sensitivity training after NASCAR suspension for the code of conduct breach

Noah Gragson and Bubba Wallace (Via IMAGO)

Noah Gragson’s NASCAR career seems to be returning to a normal state after a “dump mistake” cost him a Cup series seat in his rookie season after just 21 races. He was indefinitely suspended by his team Legacy Motor Club and later NASCAR for liking a racially in-sensitive social media post. Gragson lost his seat after a mutually agreed contract termination and was put in sensitivity training.

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He has finished the training and was reinstated by NASCAR. Gragson, who is now seeking redemption, has the perfect shot at doing it with Stewart Haas Racing, where he will drive the No:10 car of Aric Almirola who retired. During the training, Gregson spoke with Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s sole black racer in the top tier.

Wallace, who drives for 23XI Racing, advised Gragson to learn from his mistakes, reflect on them, and use them to make him better. Wallace wants his young compatriots to learn from his mistake and use it as a platform to grow as a person. It would’ve been a unique conversation to have for both the racers, considering they’ve never shared significant time together off the track.

I told him, I'm like, ‘Man, this is your time right now to reflect, grow up, and that things can change in a matter of seconds, obviously, and so utilize this moment, learn from it, and show up and be better.
Wallace told Fox Sports.

Bubba Wallace believes Noah Gragson genuinely wants to change

Wallace wasn’t skeptical about the Gragson conversation as he saw a genuine effort from the former JR Motorsports driver to change and be a better person. He pointed out that everyone makes mistakes but showing the passion to fix them like Gragson makes the difference.

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Bubba Wallace (Via IMAGO)
Bubba Wallace (Via IMAGO)
I took it as he was genuinely wanting to be a better person. And so I hope that's true. And we'll see what happens. Everybody makes mistakes, and, Noah, just from his voice and kind of the passion behind what he was saying — it sounded genuine. We'll find out.

Going into the 2025 season, Gragson will want to prove himself on and off the track to the NASCAR community. On the track, he will hope to fight for wins with SHR and while off the track he will be making sure his acts define the change he has had after the controversy.

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