Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald's Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Grant Park 165 at Chicago Street Course on July 07, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

NASCAR News: Hot-head Bubba Wallace penalized $50K

NASCAR announced that Bubba Wallace has been fined $50,000 following his actions at Chicago on Sunday.

NASCAR also suspended Christopher Freman for a violation of the Member Code of Conduct.

Alex Bowman’s victory on the Chicago streets sealed his spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and snapped a winless drought that lasted 80 races.

However, this feat did not come without some rain and drama. On Lap 25, Bowman found himself tangled up with the No. 23 Toyota of Bubba Wallace, clipping the side and sending him spinning into the wall.

On the cool-down lap, Wallace showed Bowman his frustration after a 13th-place run for the 23XI Racing driver still looking to secure a postseason spot. Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota door slammed into the side of Bowman’s car as he celebrated his win.

The Arizona native validated Wallace’s post-race actions, saying it was warranted and did not deserve to be penalized.

“He barely hit me,” Bowman said. “It was fine, and it was plenty deserved.”

However, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed officials will look into the incident to determine whether further action is needed.

Wallace politely declined comment when approached by NASCAR.com after the event. NASCAR

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