WATCH: Bubba Wallace Triggers the Big One at the Texas Motor Speedway

Published 10/18/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 21: Bubba Wallace (43), driver of the World Wide Technology Chevrolet during Fridays Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


At the Talladega Superspeedway, there was the usual ‘Big One’. The whole thing got triggered when Bubba Wallace spun and many other drivers followed suit. Wallace started the race in 18th place and found himself battling with future teammate Kurt Busch. While going three-wide with Busch and Brad Keselowski, the 23XI Racing driver got loose.

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As he struggled to control the car, several other drivers wrecked while trying to avoid hitting him. In all, at least 15-16 cars were wiped out in the wreck, with Bubba Wallace as one of the victims. Most of the Playoff drivers were lucky to dodge the wreck, but Kyle Busch was not among them.

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The many victims included Wallace, Busch, Ryan Newman, Aric Almirola, Chase Briscoe, and Michael McDowell. Other crashers were Ryan Preece, Anthony Alfredo, Cole Custer, Ross Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Alex Bowman. Finally, Josh Bilicki, Joey Gase and Justin Haley were the last ones in the wreck.

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An ’embarrassed’ Bubba Wallace was very apologetic

The driver confessed, “Just an embarrassment on my part. Just trying to get clean air, went to the middle and I was like this isn’t good. I backed out. By the time I backed out, it was already around. Sorry to everybody that came here to cheer on the 23 car. I let everybody down. I let my team down. Apologize to them. We finish that in Kansas.”

Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) leads during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, it was a disappointing way to end his race, especially after his incredible win at Talladega. Bubba Wallace himself knew that his win was a small stroke of luck, and reality crashed down on him at Texas. So, he could do nothing but apologize for the massive wreck that nearly wiped out half the field. For his part, it will be a massive setback for Kyle Busch, who was caught up in the incident but recovered to finish in the Top 10.

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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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