Bubba Wallace Takes It Out on “Darfs” After Disappointing End to Atlanta Race

Published 03/21/2022, 3:50 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, waits on pit lane during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

It was all building up. The recent superspeedway like configuration of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the past results at such tracks, a good racecar, flirting with the lead towards the end of the race, and yet Bubba Wallace, within seconds from the cusp of glory, found himself in the middle of a wreck fest, ultimately finishing in 13th.

Instead of taking away the winner’s trophy, Wallace was taking away a wrecked car, and a hit he describes as the hardest he’s had in his career. On top of that, the fan in the speedway behaved in a less than ideal way with the 23XI Racing driver, asking him to not come back to Atlanta.

Perhaps this was why the Talladega winner took out some of his frustration on the ‘dumb-a** race fans’ or, as Wallace put it, “darfs.”

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He tweeted after the race, “Damn. Shitty ending🤷🏾‍♂️ P1 on the hardest hit list.. Shout out to the GA peeps in the infield telling me not to come back.. See you in July darfs.”

Bubba Wallace explains what went wrong towards the end

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In his post-race interview, Bubba Wallace explained how he was trying to approach his push for the lead towards the end. “I was trying to get a run on Byron. He did a really good job, his car was fast, and he was lifting to kind of block the run, which was the right thing to do,” Wallace said.

“So when the bottom [was] coming, I went down to block it and thought I had a good run to not let the 1 [of Ross Chastain] get inside, and he got inside, and it was all good because I knew they would stall out a little bit.”

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)

What happened next was simply “bad timing” as Bubba Wallace and his pal Ryan Blaney got together and took part in a proper wreck fest fitting for a superspeedway track.

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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.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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