For the second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Alex Bowman had a run-in with another driver. At the Richmond (VA) Raceway, Bowman got into an exchange with Austin Dillon which caused Dillon to retaliate against Bowman during the penultimate race of the opening round.
Bowman, called Dillon “spoon fed” and other unpleasant words. He stood by those comments at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday.
Then, in Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400, Bowman and Bubba Wallace had an on track run in which saw Bowman retaliate against Wallace just prior to the end of the second stage.
Bowman, said that Wallace was flipping him off for several laps, so he took matters in his own hands. At the end of the race, Bowman was sitting down on the track on pit lane and leaning on his race car due to being under the weather.
Bowman, said that he became ill last Wednesday and the sickness stuck around through the race. He was severely dehydrated and had to go to the infield care center after. But, before he got treatment, Wallace came down to pit road to confront him.
Wallace, ended up throwing a beverage in his face before walking off. On Monday, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell spoke about the incident on Sirius XM NASAR Radio’s The Morning Drive.
“I would say I will be having a conversation with Bubba Wallace,” Wallace said on Monday. “I think that was really not classy whatsoever. I understand that drivers have issues with each other during a race, we totally get that, but when a driver is on the ground being attended to by medical personnel, you need to be smarter than that. We’ll have that conversation with Bubba and see how that goes and obviously prior to (this weekend’s race) at Dover.”
Wallace, spoke to NASCAR.com after the race and said that he thought Bowman was just acting sick.
“He don’t like to race. He just runs over everybody,” Wallace told NASCAR.com as he left the track. “He gets to Lap 1 and he runs over me and the 3 (Austin Dillon) into the back chicane. We’re back there in the trunk, man. Just take it easy for a lap. He had a fast car and he just run over us. Shoot us through the chicane and then we get a penalty for it. Every time he gets to me, he just runs over me.
“Smooth move of playing the sick card so I couldn’t bust him in his mouth.”