Wallace appeared to carry some of that resentment over to Sunday. After finishing a sterling second place in the All-Star Race, he appeared to slip a little middle finger for all of NASCAR fandom to see:
The boos for @BubbaWallace after today’s truck race & during driver intros were very loud at North Wilkesboro Speedway.A @wsoctv reporter asked a great question about how/if that affects Bubba. Wallace gave a great answer in return. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/0VDHtUZ7c0 — Noah Lewis (@Noah_Lewis1) May 20, 2023
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Social media quickly caught onto the brief, but seemingly deliberate, gesture from Wallace:
Real professional there @BubbaWallace @23XIRacing flipping the bird at the start of his post race interview. No class man. #NASCAR @NASCAR @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/bg7fiIrHol— Charlie Waffles (@CWaffles) May 22, 2023
@BubbaWallace dudes a loser pic.twitter.com/qrATF4yIBc— d (@robertsonderek4) May 22, 2023
Honestly just a sore loser, as always @BubbaWallace pic.twitter.com/YJqk4Ag2C8— i am kirks complete lack of playoff success (@thelimoseats8) May 22, 2023
While it’s not clear who, exactly, Wallace was flipping off, it’s not a good look for an already polarizing driver. Wallace, the only black driver in the Cup Series, made headlines in June 2020 when he claimed to have found a noose hanging in his garage. A thorough FBI investigation found the “noose” to be a garage door pull rope that had been in place since the year prior. That incident thrust Wallace into the spotlight in ways that he did not appear ready for. [firefly_poll] An incident in July 2020 saw him making a bigoted swipe at another driver’s Christian beliefs. “People say one of the nicest guys in the garage,” Wallace said of Michael McDowell. “Can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he’s going to send me about preaching and praise and respect. “What a joke he is.”
I wonder who Bubba Wallace was giving the finger to after the race? pic.twitter.com/5xrPL2876z— David Posey (@DavidPosey1414) May 22, 2023
In October 2022, Wallace was handed a one-week suspension for violating NASCAR’s code of conduct. His return from that suspension was to a chorus of boos. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
“What a joke he is.” @BubbaWallace on @Mc_Driver. pic.twitter.com/3l2RIloWqH— NASCAR Alerts (@NASCAR_Alerts) July 15, 2020