Bubba Wallace’s Spotter Locks Horns With Fellow NASCAR Spotter About the Polarizing Race at Darlington

Published 05/12/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 12: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 23XI Racing ROOT Insurance Toyota Camry, looks on during NASCAR Cup Series Ruoff Mortgage 500 qualifying on March 12, 2022 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While the general consensus on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington was that it was a pretty good race, with a controversial finish, there were some who didn’t feel that it was all that good. But at the same time, there were also a few, like the spotter of Bubba Wallace, who didn’t enjoy the race, mainly because their driver got caught up in the wrecks during the race.

This was more or less the situation between NASCAR spotters Brett Griffin and Freddie Kraft as they shared their opinions on Darlington.

“We saw Ross Chastain wreck, we saw Martin Truex wreck, we saw William and Joey racing each other hard. I am spot on for any time you see these guys up on the wheel, taking control of these cars. These cars are hard to drive again, and these guys have their hands full,” Griffin said in a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast.

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“I mean, they talk about it all the time. We only saw 23 cars finish the race at Darlington. Anytime you see hard racing, and it produce an entertaining race, I thought it was a great race.”

Freddie Kraft rues the luck of Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing at Darlington

Contrary to the opinion of his fellow spotter Brett Griffin, Freddie Kraft explained why Darlington was just another entry into the long list of poor races this season for his team in general.

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“I got collected in this mess. Again, we were all in the same wreck with Denny (Hamlin), the boss, so as he is wrecking he is watching his two cars wreck. And I’m sure he was thrilled about it,” Kraft said.

Apr 24, 2022; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) hits the wall while racing to the checkered flag during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

“At 23XI, we just can’t catch a break lately,” he continued. “We had speed; we were probably the 7th-8th place car, and we get caught up in a mess. Kurt (Busch) had miserable pit stops all day, he drove back to the Top tens every time, and he got caught in the mess.”

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“We’re looking for a break over there.”

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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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