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Bubba Wallace’s Spotter Reveals Secret NASCAR Meeting Planned After Hamlin’s Outburst in Dig at “Ringleader” Jeff Burton

Published 10/04/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

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Amidst the recent dark clouds of safety hovering over NASCAR, along with not much being done about it, the drivers had a private meeting ahead of the recent race at Talladega.

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This was something, the idea of private drivers-only meetings, which Freddie Kraft recently spoke about along with revealing some insider details on them.

“Obviously, the drivers need a better voice,” he said. “Brett (Griffin) and I have heard that there is another meeting this week, correct?”


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“That’s the word,” Griffin responded.

Kraft then went on to speak about the growing concern inside NASCAR that is quite serious not on a personal level for drivers, but also on a professional and championship level.

“There is a growing concern…essentially if you back in the wall next week, your playoff race is over. These guys, 10 or 12 guys that are in there, your chance at the championship is over if you hit the wall backwards right now,” the spotter described.

“The drivers need to have a better say obviously.”

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NASCAR needs people who do and say in equal measure, according to Freddie Kraft

Bubba Wallace’s spotter revealed that it is Jeff Burton who is “the ring leader” of the communication between NASCAR and the drivers. Burton is also the spokesman of the driver’s council.

Curiously though, without naming any names, Kraft went on to criticize some people within the sport who don’t act as they say.


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“There’s a lot of guys that talk in the media and do a lot and aren’t maybe part of the solution,” he said. “There’s the guys that work behind the scenes to make things better and there’s guys just talking about it and don’t really do a lot, they just want it fixed for them.”

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Regardless, Freddie Kraft remained hopeful about NASCAR drivers finding “a better voice” so that the needle can move along.


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Whether that will happen or not, only time will tell.

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Shaharyar is a 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. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.
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