WATCH: Bubba Wallace Sarcastically Applauds Corey LaJoie for Knocking Him Out at Phoenix

Published 11/08/2021, 7:34 AM EST
Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) wrecks after being spun into the wall during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports


At the Phoenix Raceway, Bubba Wallace was not a happy man. Sometime during the race, he was battling with Corey LaJoie when the two of them tangled. The 23XI Racing driver was running around the outside of the #7 Spire Motorsports car when he got tagged into a spin.

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Wallace spun off and his rear end clattered the outside wall, ending his race. Meanwhile, LaJoie lost a couple of positions to Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tyler Reddick and Erik Jones. Later on, as Bubba Wallace’s car was being towed away, the driver himself walked up the track and sarcastically applauded LaJoie as he passed by.

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In the end, Bubba Wallace was classified in 39th, but had a bit of karmic justice. This was because, LaJoie did not have a very good race either, and was classified in 32nd place. The incident took place on Lap 7 while they were battling for 21st place. Later on, Ricky Stenhouse Jr cut across LaJoie’s nose and sent him into a spin. Apparently, the #47 driver had no idea that they were running three wide. As a result, poor old LaJoie spun and ironically slammed the same wall that he punted Wallace into.

What did this mean for Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie?

It is worth mentioning that Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie are great friends away from the track. So this little spat would have possibly dented their relationship a bit. Hopefully the two of them would have calmed down since them and talked it out afterwards. There will be a small chance that they can salvage their friendship once again, so it is fortunate that this is the last race.

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FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 Pala Casino Ford, prepares for practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Now, both Wallace and LaJoie will be looking forward to the 2022 season. In fact, there is a lot to look forward to, like new tracks and the Next Gen cars making their official debuts. Obviously, a lot of the drivers are exciting to see the new cars in action, especially in a racing scenario. Over the past two years, there have been multiple tests in order to perfect the cars and iron out any kinks. So the 2022 season is the official acid test.

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Dhruv George

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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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