NASCAR Pundit Provides an Explanation Behind Bubba Wallace Escaping a Penalty for Short-Cutting in Indianapolis

Published 08/05/2022, 3:45 AM EDT
Jul 31, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

During the NASCAR Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, there was plenty of chaos. Most of it boiled down to the fact that multiple cars squeezing into a narrow first was always going to end in catastrophe. During one particular restart, there was the usual tomfoolery into Turn 1. Bubba Wallace took to the grass to avoid the chaos, and he was also forced off the track.

Some people were confused about why he did not get a penalty, because he moved up from 16th to 9th. However, NASCAR journalist Bozi Tatarevic provided a detailed explanation about why Wallace did what he had to do.

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With three laps to go in the restart, Wallace and Harrison Burton were battling for 16th. Both of them sandwiched Chase Briscoe, with Wallace on the outside. Unfortunately, Briscoe spun Kyle Busch around and he was forced to take to the grass.

What else happened to Bubba Wallace during the incident?

It is crucial to note that Bubba Wallace was still behind Burton when he turned his car into a high-speed lawnmower. At this juncture, he clipped the Stewart-Haas Racing car and ended up getting pushed further onto the grass. Sure, he could have turned towards the right to rejoin the track, but he would run the risk of spinning. As he cut through the grass, four cars that were previously ahead of Wallace, spun as well.

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Regardless of what he did, the four spins would have handed him four free positions. Other spinners included Martin Truex Jr and Austin Dillon. At the end, when his #23 car touched the tarmac, the only car he actually overtook was Harrison Burton.

Jul 31, 2022; Speedway, Indiana, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) during the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

In essence, without the trip through the grass, he would have wound up at least in 11th place. Admittedly, he also rejoined ahead of Corey LaJoie, but was already ahead of the #7 driver before going off track. In the end, NASCAR simply elected to let him allow Burton to pass and resume in 10th place.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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