WATCH: Denny Hamlin Frustrated With Bubba Wallace; Forces the “F**king Slow” Driver to Make a Major Change at Talladega

Published 10/05/2022, 12:45 PM EDT

This year’s Talladega race was just as interesting as every year. But surprisingly enough, it wasn’t as big of a crash ground, unlike last year. However, there is something else more interesting, as footage suggests Denny Hamlin put serious pressure on his driver, Bubba Wallace.

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He asked the #45 driver to move out of his way, instead of helping his driver and car.

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Right in the middle of the race, the #11 of Hamlin and the #45 of Bubba were bumper-to-bumper. Of course, the #45 being a 23XI car, which is Denny’s team, you would expect them to help each other out. But it was quite the opposite, it seems. Wallace seemed to be struggling in the race, and his owner came on the radio to say, “Tell the #45 just go, don’t back up so much.”

And to this, the 23XI driver told his spotter, Freddie Kraft, “Just fuc*ing slow. get me out.” Clearly, he doesn’t want to annoy his boss, and he’s ready to sabotage his race to let his car owner pass.

Of course, Hamlin’s spotter, Chris Lambert, carried the message across, “Bubba (Wallace) said he’s too fuc*ing slow. He’s just gotta get out here.” 

Right after the quick correspondence, the #45 moved out of the lane and let his boss through.

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Now, in all fairness, Wallace sure was slow around this time of the race. Fortunately, he figured out his weakness mid-race and got out of the way to avoid jeopardizing someone else’s race. Maybe, that someone just happened to be his boss. But how did the driver perform?

How did Bubba Wallace perform in Talladega this year?

Last year’s race at NASCAR’s fastest track is one of the more controversial races because of Bubba. Well, he won that race but fans still argue whether he deserved that win. Because it was a rain-shortened race that announced him the victor because he was the last person leading.

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But was his performance this year any better than before? Or just worse?

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 17: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #45 MoneyLion Toyota, looks on in the garage area after a mechanical issue during the NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 17, 2022 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

He sure had some struggles initially, especially around the time he and his boss had that little communication. But it’s fair to say he recovered well with a top-20 finish, with just one position shy of a top-15.

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But what do you think? Was it a good race for the 23XI driver? Because the same surely can’t be said for his temporary teammate, Ty Gibbs in the #23 who retired early in the race.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is a NASCAR and F1 Writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. When the Stock Cars rev up, you can find him cheering Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, in hopes of seeing one of them drive to the Victory Lane.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

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