Bubba Wallace Takes a Dig at Corey LaJoie as He Still Remembers Their Phoenix Incident

Published 11/22/2021, 3:57 AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


Bubba Wallace had a mixed bag of a season in 2021. Yes, he won the race in Talladega and established a few NASCAR milestones in doing so. But most of the season, he wasn’t where he wanted to be. While Wallace would’ve at least wanted to finish the season on a high, he couldn’t do so, courtesy of Corey LaJoie.

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Wallace was taken out by Lajoie at the Phoenix Raceway in the last race of the season. And the 23XI driver still hasn’t forgotten or forgiven Lajoie for wrecking him out of the race.

In a Tweet posted by NASCAR on Reddit, the question was, “Which current Cup driver would win in a foot race?”

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Bubba Wallace replied that other drivers hold no chance against him in that respect. To this, Corey LaJoie replied, “I’d trip you 10 yards in.”

“Just like Phoenix…I know,” Wallace replied back.

It seems LaJoie’s reply was in fun banter and humor. But Wallace couldn’t help but remind him of the incident from Phoenix a few weeks ago. Not that Wallace not finishing the race made any significant difference to his season, but like everyone, he would’ve wanted a happy ending.

Oct 17, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; The crew of NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) works on his case after Wallace crashes during the NASCAR round of 8 opening race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The incident between Bubba Wallace and Corey Lajoie

During Lap 7 of Stage 1, Corey LaJoie got tangled with Bubba Wallace as he was going on the outside. This resulted in Wallace’s car spinning and hitting the wall with its rear end, effectively ending his race.

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LaJoie found himself a couple of places down as he escaped relatively unharmed for the time being. Later in the race, call it a coincidence or Wallace’s sarcastic applause being heard by some divine forces, Corey LaJoie spun and greeted the same wall he put Wallace into.

With the 2021 season over and the ‘Next Gen‘ era upon us, drivers and teams are preparing for the next season. Bubba Wallace would also be encouraged to forgo the memories from 2021 as his team is set to announce a new charter.

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Wallace would want more of his result from Talladega and less like his result from Phoenix in 2022. Both of which he can do unless a fellow driver wrecks him.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for 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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