Simply after Wallace took the checkered flag and completed as runner-up to dominant winner Kyle Larson in North Wilkesboro’s non-championship All-Star event on Sunday night, an unidentified particular person keyed into his crew radio channel with a derogatory message.
“Return to the place you got here from you a******. You’re not wished in NASCAR,” the particular person stated.
A spokesperson for 23XI Racing instructed Autosport that Wallace, the one full-time black driver in NASCAR’s premier sequence, didn’t hear the feedback or acknowledge them on the time.
NASCAR officers confirmed their safety operation is investigating the incident in an try to find out who accessed his radio channel and the way.
In 2020, Wallace was at the centre of a racism storm when a noose was found in his storage at Talladega. Nevertheless, a subsequent FBI investigation discovered that the pull down rope on his storage stall door, original in a method that resembles a noose, had been in place since 2019 and that no hate crime had been committed.
Wallace and 23XI team-mate Tyler Reddick each completed within the prime three because the newly renovated North Wilkesboro staged its first Cup occasion since 1996, however he felt the end result was bittersweet.
Wallace admitted that he would seemingly have been rather more upbeat along with his end result had it been in a traditional points-paying occasion as an alternative of a one-off showpiece.
Following pitstops simply after the a mandated competitors warning, Wallace got here off pitroad behind Larson however no warning within the second half of the race meant he by no means had a possibility to shut the hole on the Hendrick Motorsports driver.
“He might assault onerous and have one thing there in the long run,” Wallace stated of Larson.
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“If this was a traditional race, one thing to be enthusiastic about – however this was for a $1 million, and also you come up quick and stroll away with nothing.
“Tail tucked between our legs, however all-in-all, simply proceed to trip the momentum practice.
“We got here up one spot quick. Congrats to Larson. He’s been on a rail currently.
“We’ve to maintain the momentum rolling there and get ourselves deeper into the playoffs. I’m excited to be the place we’re at proper now.”