Back in 2018, Denny Hamlin was involved in a bit of a feud with the then-rookie driver, Bubba Wallace. The #11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver was in his 13th full-time NASCAR Cup Series season at the time.
That weekend’s Daytona 500 was quite a chaotic affair, with a number of crashes and incidents. In the end, Austin Dillon prevailed, but the real story was Wallace and Hamlin’s second-place fight.
The good news was that there were no wrecks, and both lived to fight another day. However, their respective cars wore their battle scars proudly, especially since they tussled for second place.
The African-American eventually bested Hamlin to finish second. As it turned out, it was the highest ever finish for a rookie and an African-American driver in the Daytona 500.
Admittedly, neither driver was up in arms over the actual incident itself. Hamlin acknowledged that it was merely a racing incident. Hamlin’s real beef was with Bubba Wallace himself after he made some ‘personal comments’ after the race.
Wallace told FOX Sports: “I wanna see the replay before I say anything stupid, but he might need to take some Adderall for that one. But all and all, a great day for our Click n’ Close Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. … Hey, we edged him out, we beat him, so it’s all good.”
This was in reference to Hamlin’s comments that at least ’70 percent of NASCAR drivers use Adderall’. Apparently, NASCAR only allows its implementation with a prescription.
Of course, a number of drivers were offended and questioned the figures. As a result, Hamlin quickly backtracked and tried to play it off as a joke.
The two drivers argued before Wallace explained his perspective on the matter. Luckily, Wallace revealed to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he and Hamlin texted each other, but neither driver was able to clear the air.