Bubba Wallace Splits NASCAR Fans Once Again With His ‘Track Walk’ at COTA; Ryan Blaney Reacts

Published 03/26/2022, 10:15 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 25: Bubba Wallace is seen at “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on February 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Unquestionably, no current driver in NASCAR is more divisive than Bubba Wallace. The 23XI Racing driver often finds himself splitting NASCAR fans into two halves, one half that criticizes him and the other that supports him.

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And this isn’t just down to his race performances or comments or statements, it’s applicable to everything that he does or says, even to the things he doesn’t do or doesn’t say.

Ahead of the race this weekend at the Circuit Of The Americas, journalist Jeff Gluck posted a picture of Bubba Wallace on a skateboard on his ‘track walk’. Most drivers do a track walk, not a track board. No one ever accused @BubbaWallace of being like most drivers though,” Gluck wrote.

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As you’d expect, even this picture resulted in split reactions from NASCAR fans. There were those who made fun of the Talladega winner, and then there were those who supported him for this, no in between.

Bubba Wallace opens up on his biggest critic

In a recent interview with CBS News, Bubba Wallace addressed the issue of being too hard on himself. Wallace was also pretty open about this subject in the Netflix docu-series, ‘Race: Bubba Wallace’.

Throughout the six episodes, there were glimpses of how the 23XI Racing driver sometimes overthinks himself into a mess simply because of how critical he is of his performances.

“I am my own worst critic,” Wallace said.

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“You know, when I make a mistake, I’m super hard on myself. And sometimes it’s okay to have a little bit of self-motivation, but when you stoop as low as I do, it’s tough to climb back out of.”

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 26: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Wheaties Toyota, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 26, 2022 in Fontana, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Having said that, Bubba Wallace believes and hopes he has “graduated from that point” in his life.

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“I haven’t made a big enough mistake to let my mind tell me otherwise,” he added.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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