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Conspiracy theories tarnish Bubba Wallace's name amid angry blame for boss Denny Hamlin's Richmond win

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The NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway went pretty smoothly – no big crashes or anything like that, just a few yellow flags for minor things on the track. But then there was that moment when Bubba Wallace got into a fight with Kyle Larson and got a caution. This mixup paved the way for Denny Hamlin to win the race and caused quite a stir.

While everyone was buzzing about Hamlin's restart move as the hot talk of the week, late-game caution wasn't far behind thanks to Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson's melee. The question on everyone's lips was: Was this caution part of the plan? Things went awry in the latest Rubbin' is Racing podcast episode, where the hosts took a deep dive and offered some pretty sharp insight into the whole ordeal.

Was Bubba Wallace's move a calculated move or just a slip-up?

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Racing can be a mix of fairness, and sometimes it's those thrilling final moments that really tell the story in NASCAR. The last few ticks of the clock in Richmond sure have got people excited. While Martin Truex Jr. was well on his way to his fourth win at the track in six attempts, Hendrick Motorsports star Kyle Larson got a push from 23XI Racing's Bubba Wallace with just two laps to go. That caution was the deciding factor and led to the pit stop drama that catapulted Hamlin to the lead.

Now there's this new theory surrounding the fact that Bubba Wallace is driving for the team co-owned by Denny Hamlin and basketball legend Michael Jordan. Did Wallace deliberately throw the race into chaos to give his boss Hamlin a lead? On the “Rubbin’ is Racing” Podcast, presenter Large bar stool thrown away, Wouldn't we have heard that? Even if there is a code word? The lion lies down in winter. We would have known there was some kind of Morse code going on here.”

Meanwhile, Cabo Wabo Tequila dismissed the idea of ​​an unspoken agreement, but Dan DiOrio quickly questioned the timing. “This early in the season, like a regular season race with next to nothing at stake. Denny already has a win on his hands. That's what they will do. Don’t you think they saved that?”

Even Kyle Larson didn't buy the theory that Wallace's move was anything other than a racing accident. Not to mention that if everything were completely normal, wouldn't Martin Truex Jr. have been the one celebrating a win instead? But then NASCAR has a habit of moving the goal posts. Take Kyle Busch's little scratch on the wall, for example. This warning seemed excessive, but it ensured that it still disrupted every player's strategy.

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Despite the on-track drama, Larson dismissed any notion that Wallace's move was a tactic to gain an advantage from Denny Hamlin, Wallace's boss. In fact, even after a mistake during the pit stop, Bubba Wallace ended up in 13th place. After the dust settled, Wallace and Larson talked and there was no bad blood between them.

When asked if Wallace might have deliberately spun him around to increase Hamlin's chances, Larson answered clearly: “No not at all. No, you heard what he said. If he did it intentionally, it was to help his race, get a caution and help his race. It didn't work out that way. It's just what It is.”

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One wonders, though: If Kyle Larson hadn't made a net gain of one spot because of that caution, would he still feel the same way?