HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Around the time NASCAR drivers got into their cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s race, Bubba Wallace was having lunch.
His selection: “Humble Pie,” he tweeted.
Wallace spent his Sunday at the 23XI team’s headquarters in North Carolina, serving his one-race suspension for intentionally spinning reigning cup winner Kyle Larson in Las Vegas last weekend in what NASCAR described as a “dangerous act” of retaliation before confronting him afterwards.
Denny Hamlin, one of the owners of the 23XI team along with Michael Jordan, said Saturday that Wallace would be spending the race “back in business, sort of monitoring, much like Kurt does.”
Kurt Busch – 23XI’s other full-time driver – hasn’t driven since his concussion three months ago and recently announced he will no longer be driving full-time in 2023. His car was driven by Ty Gibbs on Sunday, and Wallace’s car was driven by John Hunter Nemechek.
“It’s not ideal for 23XI, but it gives these young guys an opportunity to go out there and prove themselves,” Hamlin said.
As Hamlin said, Wallace was in a supervisory role. The photo accompanying the tweet showed him sitting in front of multiple screens, two showing scenes from Homestead and a third showing statistics.
“Ready to sit back and help @23XIRacing get it done today,” Wallace wrote.
Wallace certainly didn’t like everything he saw as it wasn’t an ideal start for Nemechek.
He finished fourth when he touched the wall 29 laps into the race on Sunday, he brings the first warning flag of the day. He spun across the track, crashing into another wall before jerking to a halt. The car was not badly damaged.
Wallace is expected to be back in his car when NASCAR heads to Martinsville next week for the penultimate race of the season.
“We’ve all done tough things in our careers that have shaped us,” Hamlin said. “How you come out of it will define him.”
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