Bubba Wallace cited the example of Michael Jordan’s future partner on the idea of ​​apologizing to a fellow NASCAR driver in 2018.

We usually consider wreckage and crashes to be an integral part of elite racing sports such as NASCAR. Drivers tend not to hold grudges against each other over wrecks. But there is a differentiation — intentional wreckage and unintentional wreckage. Bubba Wallace once explained his views on it.

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In Jeff Gluck’s famous 12 Questions series, Bubba Wallace answers the question, “If I bumped into someone during a race—intentionally or not—does it matter if I apologize?” Bubba replied, “Yeah, it is. For example, I reached out to[Denny]Hamlin to say, ‘Are we all OK?

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Then Jeff added, “It could have worsened if you hadn’t.” Bubba told him, “I look at the deal for (Matt) Kenseth and (Joey) Logano (from Martinsville). You really take notes from that. But you get to race these guys every week, and hopefully for the next 10 or 15 years.”

For context, both drivers took part in a high-intensity race at Daytona. While Austin Dillon took the grand prix, the two drivers were involved in a battle for second place. In the end, Bubba (despite being a rookie at the time) outlasted Hamlin.

Bubba’s second place meant that he was the highest-grossing rookie in Daytona history, and he also became the highest-finishing African-American driver in the prestigious event.

The 2018 Daytona 500 was probably one of the hottest races we’ve seen in recent times, and rightfully so given the things that happened after the race.

Did Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin smooth things over?

Things were not going well between the two drivers for a while after that. Given the personal nature of the comments Bubba made about Hamlin afterward, it was quite clear that Hamlin was angry.

DOVER, DE – MAY 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, talk on the grid during the NASCAR Drydene Cup Series 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 16, 2021 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Bubba said at the end of the race “I want to see the replay before I say anything stupid, but he might need to take some Adderall for that. But all, great day for the Click n’ Close Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. … Hey, we beat it, we beat it, so All is well “.

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Hamlin did not take kindly to those comments. However, Wallace and Denny later reportedly texted each other to sort things out.

Given that Bubba was the one chosen to join 23XI Racing in 2020 when Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin founded the team, it would be safe to assume that the two drivers buried the hatchet in the nick of time.

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Hamlin and Bubba share a good relationship now. The two are now, both competitors and colleagues on the track.

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