NASCAR penalized Bubba Wallace 50 points and $50,000 for intentionally spinning and necessitating a caution in last weekends Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The sanctioning body announced the penalties Saturday (Nov 9) prior to qualifying for the Cup Series race at ISM Raceway.
On lap 243 at Texas Motor Speedway, due to a flat tire, Wallace attempted to spin his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. On his second try, he succeeded and NASCAR threw the caution flag. The caution flag period came during a cycle of green flag pit stops, thereby affecting the outcome of the race. Specifically, it forced playoff driver Kyle Larson to take the wave around during the caution period.
Larson said his team looked at the data and it proved Wallace intentionally spun his No. 43 Chevrolet. Wallace ultimately finished 24th.
The ruling by NASCAR comes after three straight weeks of controversy about displaying the yellow flag.
In the Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, after cutting a tire, Joey Logano spun his No. 22 Ford and NASCAR threw a caution. Then Wallace spun his No. 43 Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway also necessitating a caution. Last night in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at ISM Raceway, Danny Bohn had a flat tire and his No. 30 Toyota appeared to nearly come to a stop. However, NASCAR withheld the yellow flag, Bohn limped his No. 30 Toyota to pit road, and the race stayed green.
On Friday at ISM Raceway, NBC Sports reporter Dustin Long questioned Wallace about the incident and Wallace was frank in his response.
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) November 9, 2019
The penalty drops Wallace from 27th to 28th in the point standings, respectively.
Responding to the penalty, Richard Petty Motorsports competition director Philippe Lopez said, “We fully understand NASCAR’s position and expectations of its competitors. NASCAR has a difficult job officiating race events and we do not need to make the task more challenging. Wallace will not appeal the penalty.”