Darrell Wallace Jr. on Daytona 500 confrontation with Denny Hamlin: 'We’re both pissed'
Denny Hamlin was not happy with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. after the finish of Sunday's Daytona 500.
Denny Hamlin was not happy with the finish of Sunday's Daytona 500.
Hamlin was in position for the overtime win but finished third after losing the lead to race-winner Austin Dillon and a drag race to the line with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. Hamlin was in position for a runner-up finish but Wallace made slight contact with the No. 11 car and side-drafted Hamlin before the checkered flag, narrowly beating him.
Hamlin was upset with the contact and pinched Wallace's car against the outside wall after the finish. The two drivers shared a heated discussion behind the pits after the race.
"I blew my right front tire out when he came down and side drafted me, so I didn’t have any control of my car because when he came down there, I was just on the yellow line," Hamlin explained to reporters after the race. "Nothing I could have done, and it blew my right front tire out with his fender."
Wallace didn't agree with Hamlin’s flat-tire reasoning.
"If that happened, okay, so be it. But it just seems like he got off of me a little bit and then turned back into me," Wallace told reporters. "I know the cars drive crazy and whatnot and they’re a handful but it just didn’t seem like that right away, but it was tough to see from that angle anyways. Who knows.
"We’re both pissed off at each other, but we’re racers. We’re competitive and we’ll go into Atlanta and be fine."
Wallace also took a jab at Hamlin's comments that 70 percent of NASCAR drivers take Adderall in his interview with Fox Sports after the race.
It was a good day for Bubba Wallace, but he had some things to say about that finish with Denny Hamlin ... pic.twitter.com/Mmr4xaweVJ— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 19, 2018