Alex Bowman stated Friday that he didn’t have a problem with Bubba Wallace confronting him and splashing him in liquid after final weekend’s Cup race whereas Bowman sat subsequent to his automotive being tended to by a medical employee.
Bowman was requested by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On-Monitor” whether or not Wallace had apologized to him in personal this week after not making any public statements concerning the incident.
“He hasn’t (apologized), however I really feel he stated what he needed to say and acquired that out after the race,” Bowman stated on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I don’t assume that was the tip of the world. I don’t actually assume he did something incorrect there.
“All of us have feelings inside and out of doors of the race automobiles and that stuff occurs.”
Wallace approached Bowman after Sunday’s race, briefly stated one thing to the Hendrick Motorsports driver earlier than splashing him with liquid from the bottle he was carrying and strolling away.
After leaving the medical heart, Bowman didn’t repeat what Wallace stated to him, however added it was “nothing elegant by any means.”
On Monday, NASCAR’s chief racing improvement officer Steve O’Donnell stated on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio he would meet with Wallace in the course of the week to debate the incident.
“I believe that was actually not elegant in any way,” O’Donnell stated. “I perceive that drivers have points with one another throughout a race, we completely get that, however when a driver is on the bottom being attended to by medical personnel, it is advisable to be smarter than that.”
Wallace, who shouldn’t be a playoff driver, had been deliberately spun by Bowman on Lap 43. Bowman was mad at Wallace for him flipping off Bowman a number of instances in the course of the race, one thing Wallace additionally had carried out the earlier weekend at Richmond.
Wallace’s one-finger salute on the Roval was apparently in response to being hit by Bowman on the primary lap of the race.
“That was only a mistake,” Bowman stated after final weekend’s race. “I acquired flipped off for each single straightaway on all the race monitor for 3 laps. I acquired flipped off by him for like three or 4 laps in a row at Richmond, so I’m simply over it.”
“I’ve acquired to face up for myself in some unspecified time in the future,” Bowman stated after ending second on the Roval. “In all probability wouldn’t have gotten wrecked if he had his finger again within the automotive.
“I’d be mad too, however he put himself in that spot.”
Afterward Friday Bowman was requested about mending fences with Wallace and different drivers he has run-ins with.
“I don’t actually discuss to these guys anyhow,” Bowman stated. “I form of deliver my mates with me to the race monitor. I’m not right here to be driver’s good friend. I’ve stated that since I began right here. I’m not right here to be mates with the folks that I’m paid to beat each weekend. There are some guys that get alongside very well within the storage, however I simply form of follow myself. It’s not something in opposition to anybody. I’m simply form of quiet and preserve to myself.”