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“Got Engaged, Gone Downhill” – Ryan Blaney Eats a Humble Pie After Insensitive Bubba Wallace Joke

Published 05/15/2022, 3:56 PM EDT

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Ryan Blaney has put himself into hot waters after he made a startling remark about his fellow driver Bubba Wallace. The Team Penske driver took a dig at Bubba which the fans believe has gone too far. With the damage already done, Ryan tried to cover up for the joke.

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Ryan Blaney is a regular guest at FS1’s NASCAR Race Hub program. Blaney has been a good addition to the program as he was invited to speak about last week’s Darlington Raceway incidents. As he went on, he justified the Joey Logano and William Byron controversy. The Penske driver stated that both Logano and Byron are good at their respective place. Interestingly, Logano is his teammate at Team Penske and William Byron is the boyfriend of his sister.


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Blaney justified, that Logano would be happy with the win, and Byron wouldn’t be happy by losing the win. However, when asked about Bubba Wallace’s form this year by host Kaitlyn Vincie, Ryan cracked a joke that took Vincie by surprise as well. The Penske driver stated, “Well, you know, I don’t know. He got engaged and his year’s gone downhill.”

Immediately after the joke, Ryan apologized. He asserted, “Just kidding, I’m just kidding. I’m sorry for saying that. I really am. Mainly to Amanda. Not to Bubba.” It is believed that Vincie’s shocked reaction insisted Blaney call for an apology. Vincie exclaimed, “Oh man, I was not expecting you to say that.”

How does the joke play out to Bubba Wallace?

Darrell Wallace Jr got engaged in July last year to his girlfriend Amanda Carter. This made Blaney’s joke even more intriguing and interesting as Bubba won his first Cup Series win right after the engagement. Bubba and Amanda’s reaction to the joke is still unknown.


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However, talking about Wallace Jr’s form this season, Ryan Blaney further stated. “I think his year has been pretty decent so far. He’s run really well. He almost won the (Daytona) 500. He had a shot to win Talladega and I think the other tracks are going to come to him. So I think he’s had a pretty good year on track.”


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The 23XI driver is in 24th place in the driver’s standings this year. With 225 points picked up in total, Wallace Jr has one stage win, one top-5, and one top-10 in his tally.

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Sabyasachi Biswas


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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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