Bubba Wallace earned the pole position for Sunday's race. Jun 4, 2022; Madison, Illinois, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) looks on during Nascar Cup qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba Wallace and his issues with his own pit crew came to a head this weekend during Sunday’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Wallace found himself in sixth place in the weather-delayed race when he was instructed by crew chief Bootie Barker to pit in order to deal with a tire that had come loose. Barker told Wallace to “stop, stop, stop,” which the driver did, only to be hit from behind by Tyler Reddick.


The pit crew was able to sort out the tire but the damage was literally done and Wallace took to the radio to slam Barker and his crew out of frustration.

“Leave me the f— alone. Don’t talk to me the whole f—ing race,” Wallace said over the radio.

“We’re not out of it,” Barker replied. “I know you’re pissed and you deserve to be.”

However, Wallace ended up finishing the race in 12th place.

While that might seem like an unfair blowup from Wallace on its own, it’s actually the latest in a series of mishaps that his crew has caused this season. Barker gave Wallace some bad advice while racing in the Coca-Cola 600, his pit crew was penalized twice in the AdventHealth 400, he abruptly exited the race in Sonoma with engine trouble, and Barker and members of his crew were suspended for four races after a wheel came off Wallace’s car during the Circuit of the Americas.

So naturally, many in the NASCAR world had Bubba’s back in terms of his frustrations with his crew.

You have to imagine Bubba will be making some changes to his team after this season.

[Dustin Long]

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