(SNews) – “Woke” NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace got a rude welcome back from fans during his first race after serving a suspension for attacking rival Kyle Larson.
As Slay News previously reported, NASCAR suspended Wallace for his actions during the Cup Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this month.
He was suspended for one race after he crashed into Larson at Lap 94 of the South Point 400.
After crashing into Larson, Wallace got out of his car and physically assaulted Larson.
Bubba Wallace is NOT HAPPY with Kyle Larson.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022
Both are violations of Sections 4.3.A and 4.4.C & E of the NASCAR Member Code of Conduct which are laid out in the NASCAR Rule Book.
The fans at Martinsville booed Wallace loudly during his first race back.
The Athletic’s Jeff Gluck reported: “Most boos in driver intros: Bubba Wallace, and it wasn’t very close (way more than Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs).”
Most boos in driver intros: Bubba Wallace, and it wasn’t very close (way more than Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs). pic.twitter.com/wti0kneWC1
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 30, 2022
Wallace said before the race: “There’s a lot of good things going into this weekend.
“I’m not coming back with a vengeance or anything like that.
“I’m just going to continue to do what we’ve been doing.
“And for the record, I have talked to Larson, and we had a great conversation this week.
“I think the best thing for us is we both understood where our frustrations were and moving forward and how we both can handle those situations better.
“They were understanding of the heat-of-the-moment type things, but they were very adamant about how we need to handle those five seconds later.
“You need to think, like I said earlier, you need to think before you do.
“That was the biggest thing.
“They still support me, and we’re here. Just have to go out and continue to build this team up.”
“Yeah, it was great to have that talk,” Larson said.
“I said the same thing.
“I came downstairs and told my wife that Bubba and I had a great conversation.
“I thought it went really well, and I think we’ve both moved on from it really fast.
“It was good to have a talk, good to just talk over the frustrations and mistakes on both of our parts.
“Move on and forget about it, and get back to racing.
“I feel like we’ve raced really well together in the past.
“Hopefully I don’t make any more mistakes and we can continue to race good,” he said.