NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace angered fans Sunday night during a post-race interview when he gave someone the middle finger while on camera.
Wallace was booed by fans earlier in the day during driver introductions and responded by taunting them with hand gestures mocking their displeasure with him.
.@bubbawallace’s response to the boos aimed at him during his #AllStarRace intro.#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/fibQq11N5P
— Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin) May 21, 2023
After coming in second place in the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race to driver Kyle Larson, Wallace gave an on-camera interview with Fox Sports 1’s Jamie Little.
During the interview, Wallace gave the middle finger while on live television, a gesture that appeared to be directed at fans.
Bubba Wallace just flipped off everyone 😒 #bubbawallace #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/aJ1mmkbny7
— Jarrod Kendall (@JarrodKendall_) May 22, 2023
Wallace has been disliked by many NASCAR fans for a long time for a variety of reasons, including suggesting that they are “simple-minded” people whose “job is to always deliver hate.”
During a race last October, Wallace slammed into Larson on the track, causing him to crash, and then physically attacked him.
The incident happened during Stage 2 of the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Wallace, who won Stage 1, was next to Larson when Larson attempted a three-wide pass.
Larson moved up the track and his car gave a slight tap to Wallace’s car, causing Wallace’s car to brush up against the wall. After brushing up against the wall, Wallace bounced into Larson’s car and then continued by following Larson’s car down the track and slamming into the rear of his car, causing both cars to spin out.
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Wallace was later suspended by NASCAR for “intentionally wrecking or spinning another vehicle.”
After the crash, Wallace got out of his vehicle and attacked Larson.
Bubba Wallace is NOT HAPPY with Kyle Larson.
Some pushes and shoves after they wreck. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/aaAn0idrJp
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) October 16, 2022
Well here’s our angle of it – forgive my terrible iPhone video 😅 pic.twitter.com/LTXSwozkpf
— Saskia (@Sasskatt) October 16, 2022