Bubba Wallace’s runner-up finish in North Wilkesboro’s non-championship All-Star event was marred by racist messages directed towards the driver over the radio.
The 23XI Racing’s driver excellent run in recent days continues at the All-Star race as he finished second to a dominant Kyle Larson. However, the positives were overshadowed by a person who keyed into the No. 23 23XI Racing team radio channel and left a racist remark.
“Go back to where you came from you a******. You’re not wanted in NASCAR,” the person said.
The spokesperson for 23XI Racing revealed that Wallace did not hear the comment at that time. NASCAR officials also confirmed that their security operation is looking into the matter to find out who accessed the radio channel.
If this was any other race, Wallace would have been satisfied with the result but finishing runner-up to the $1 million made him disappointed.
This was on Bubba Wallace’s radio at the end of the race. It’s not the first time it’s happened. Could someone please ask NASCAR what it plans to do about its only black driver being harassed by racists?@jeff_gluck @bobpockrass @Jordan_Bianchi @A_S12 @NASCAR @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/wlB4VEiiom
— Jeff (@mr4time) May 22, 2023
“He could attack hard and have something there in the end,” Wallace said of Larson. “If this was a normal race, something to be excited about – but this was for a $1 million, and you come up short and walk away with nothing.
Wallace also received boos from the crowd in the Truck Series race at the same track this weekend. Despite the boos and the constant abusive messages directed at him, Wallace seems adamant to do best for his team.
He has finished in the top 12 in five of the last six points races and now he has a second-place finish in the non-point All-Star race.