The feud between Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin goes on, even if Wallace says he is ready to put it behind him. Even though Wallace says he is ‘all good,’ Hamlin still seems to be holding a grudge.
Wallace said in an interview with NBC Sports, “I texted him Tuesday and he was like I’m kicked out of the golf league and the basketball league.” The two drivers had participated in the two leagues together in the past, and Wallace had joked that he would probably be kicked out after last Sunday’s Daytona 500 finish, where the two cars tangled after the finish line.
After the on-track contact, Wallace and Hamlin had a tense altercation off the track:
Everyone assumed the altercation was in response to the on-track incident, but Hamlin took to Twitter to give his side of the story, explaining that it was actually a post-race interview by Wallace that upset him.
“I want to see the replay before I say anything stupid but he may need to take some Adderrall for that one,” Walalce said.
That’s a clear reference to Hamlin’s controversial remarks on a BarStool Sports podcast that 70 percent of NASCAR drivers were taking Adderall or some other ADD-type drug. Hamlin later backtracked and said he was joking.
“From his tweets, he’s more upset about what was said after the fact,” Wallace said to NBCSports. “Which he had started as a joke. So when you take a dig at him, it’s not good. One-way street, I guess.”
When asked about Hamlin’s Adderall comments themselves, Wallace agreed that they should never have been made in the first place.
“Yeah, it makes us all look bad,” he said. “And I told (Hamlin) that. He said, ‘I don’t need a PR lesson from you.’ I’m like, ‘OK. I’ll be the one to say it.’ I won’t hold back. Clearly.”
About wanting to move on to the next race, Wallace reiterated that both drivers want to move on, even if fans and media won’t forget about it so easily.
“I guess you can keep playing it up, but according to him, he wants to let it die down.” Wallace said about Hamlin. “He’s tired of hearing about the Adderall comment. Don’t make the comment, dumb ass!”