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Bubba Wallace’s “Penalised” Spotter Calls Out NASCAR’s Inconsistency After Questionable Truck Series Ruling

Published 04/09/2024, 8:14 PM EDT

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Penalties in NASCAR can be brutal these days but sometimes, race control can be inconsistent in dishing them out. That’s exactly what happened in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville on Friday with Ty Dillon and Layne Riggs. Dillon received a penalty for changing lanes early on ahead of a late restart but when Riggs did the same, race control was nowhere to be found. Dillon’s spotter, Freddie Kraft, was having absolutely none of it after the race ended.

Veteran spotter slams NASCAR’s confusing verdicts in Martinsville Truck race 

Kraft is also the spotter for Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR Cup Series so he is not an amateur. He is a veteran of the sport and when someone of his stature calls out something in NASCAR, people usually listen. On a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast, the spotter made his opinions crystal clear about NASCAR’s glaring inconsistencies when handing out penalties.

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“I thought it was funny that Ty got a penalty for changing lanes too soon late in the race when we were running 10th and it was a legit penalty. We couldn’t help but get penalties, we were trying to collect them for later. I have no problem with them penalizing us because what we did was wrong but then I go and look at a video and the #38… and you guys know this, when you get a long line, a lot of penalty trucks is a long line that’s not covered. Like there was the bottom line…so there’s like 7 or 8 trucks in line on the bottom with nobody outside of them,” he said.

“So off of 4, they come to green, I always tell my guy “I know it’s very tempting, nobody’s out there, but make sure you stay in line until the start/finish line.” Off of 4 one time I see the #38 just come out, jump to the top, drive past 3 trucks on the front straightaway and I’m like, “Alright no penalty for changing lanes over there.” Then I see another guy do basically the same exact thing that Ty did. There’s other guys doing it…I don’t mind you calling penalties but if you call it on one guy you better call it on everybody,” the veteran spotter added.

Freddie Kraft seemed to be in a fiery mood in the recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast as he took aim at JR Motorsports racer Sam Mayer for his post-race comments after finishing P2 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville.

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Mayer believes that he should have won the race but was impeded by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Chandler Smith, who bumped into him on the final restart. The JR Motorsports man said that it always is a JGR car ruining his chances whenever he is fighting for the win, Kraft rubbished the youngster’s claims and said that it was all just a part of short track racing in Martinsville. That’s something the young driver needs to get used to.

“I have news for Sam. They’re not picking on him because they knocked the **** out of each other as well. He wasn’t a lone wolf. That’s short track racing. That’s what it’s about. It sucks for Sam obviously but them guys it was just brutal up there. We’ve seen Sam fighting on pit road before so it’s not like he has been some angel in the past…it’s just part of the game,” he said.

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Overall, it was a good weekend for Kraft as a spotter, as his main driver, Bubba Wallace, finished in a fantastic P4 position. He would have liked Ty Dillon to do something similar in the Truck Series but there is always the next race to try and make amends in.

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports, where he is known for his creative yet easy-to-read writing style. Before taking up his role as a sports journalist at ES, Nilavro has written for some of the top publishing houses, like The Telegraph. While most journalists stop at covering live events and taking the news to the readers, Nilavro goes the extra mile to give fans a platform for them to express their thoughts through his 'race reaction' pieces.
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