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Controversial Bubba Wallace Comments Resurface as Kyle Petty Is Demolished Online for His Take on Ryan Blaney

Published 03/16/2023, 1:11 PM EDT

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It is not an easy task being the son of the great Richard Petty. Kyle Petty has had his challenges both on and off the tracks, fulfilling the expectations. Nowadays, he’s more into NASCAR analysis and is more often than not criticized for his opinions. A similar case took place recently when he criticized Ryan Blaney. It spurred the fans so much that his old Bubba Wallace comments resurfaced online.

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It is understandable how it is his job to analyze the NASCAR drivers. But if it goes out of hand, one has to face the wrath of the NASCAR fans. Petty was on the receiving end of it recently.

Fans slam Kyle Petty for Bubba Wallace-like criticism of Ryan Blaney


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Speaking on the NBC podcast, Petty detailed his analysis after watching the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas. He expressed his concerns for Team Penske and attacked Blaney. He said, “For me, and I’m going, to be honest, man, Ryan Blaney is the new Kasey Kahne — potential unfulfilled. 

“Everybody wants to talk about what he can do, but he never does anything. For whatever reason … He just never gets past that hump.”


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Obviously, this did not go down well with the NASCAR fans as they found it insulting, especially it coming from Petty. This infuriated the fans as one of them recalled the time Petty called for banning Bubba Wallace last season after he shoved Kyle Larson in Vegas. Back then, he called for Wallace to be suspended for the rest of the year or, as some claimed, “forever.”


It is a known fact that Kyle did not have as good a career as one would have expected him to. Naturally, the fans took that into consideration and fired shots at him accordingly.

It has been 14 years since Kyle Petty retired. He struggled to be the most popular figure even during his best days let alone after them. In wake of these Blaney comments, some of them even accused Petty of trying too hard to stay relevant.

Richard Petty’s name is often dragged into such scenarios. It is the same case here. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion’s name popped up again. Some fans criticized Kyle for not living up to the expectations coming from the Petty family.


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Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how Kyle Petty takes this bombardment of criticism from the fans. Will he change his approach while analyzing? Given his track record, it is less likely but we shall see.

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Written by:

Priyank Mithani


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Priyank Mithani is a NASCAR writer at Essentially Sports. Since completing his graduation, he has been pursuing a career in the Media & Entertainment industry. With a zeal to write creative and insightful content, he started his journey as a freelancer in 2018.
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Nischal Kandpal