Bubba Wallace crash

NASCAR drive Bubba Wallace suffered a devastating crash on Sunday while in his final lap at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Now, Wallace is explaining what exactly went wrong for him.

Wallace Explains Crash

NESN reported that Wallace was desperately trying to catch leader William Byron when he crashed into Justin Haley and Chris Buescher.

“I was trying to get a run on Byron. He did a really good job, his car was fast, and he was lifting to kind of block the run, which was the right thing to do,” Wallace said. “So when we seen the bottom (was) coming, I went down to block it and thought I had a good run to not let the No. 1 (Ross Chastain) get inside, and he got inside, and it was all good because I knew they would stall out a little bit.”

“And then it was just bad timing of when the 12 (Ryan Blaney) and I got together. It looked like he hit the fence behind me, and I don’t know how I didn’t. From that point we were a sitting duck. I’ve seen that wreck happen, (but) my job is to get the best finish and stay in the gas,” he added. “… That was the hardest hit I’ve had. I think that was harder than Pocono.”

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Wallace’s Crash

Wallace ended up finishing in 13th place in this race.

Check out the crash for yourself below.

Wallace’s ‘Woke’ Ways

Wallace has made a name for himself as the “woke” Colin Kaepernick of the world of NASCAR. He’s driven a Black Lives Matter car in the past, and he’s boasted about convincing NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from races.

“Being real. Being yourself. That’s the easiest way of going about life,” Wallace recently said, according to Yahoo News. “The more I can be myself and feel comfortable with everything that I say and do, the companies that align with that, those are the ones that resonate the most with me because they’re uplifting and wanting to push that same positive message.”

“You have to go through these trials and tribulations to figure out as you go,” he continued. “I feel like my my mission in life may be much bigger than [just being a race-car driver.] So it’s understanding your spot in life and how to surround yourself with the right people to help you elevate not only yourself, but the people around you.”

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If yesterday’s race is any indication, however, perhaps Wallace should focus a little more on racing, and a little less on social justice. 

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