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NASCAR Executive Rebuts Accusations of Double Standards in Bubba Wallace and Ty Gibbs Controversies

After a reckless move by Ty Gibbs on his teammate Brandon Jones during last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity race in Martinsville, NASCAR fans and the NASCAR community were unbelievably pissed off. Sometime later, the NASCAR COO was interviewed by Sirius XM Radio, where he revealed his thoughts on the Ty Gibbs incident and how it compares to the Bubba Wallace-Kyle Larson incident.

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NASCAR COO, Steve O’Donnell said, “Well, I guess when you’re going 265 miles an hour, hooking someone to the wall for what it was for us, I come back. It’s very different from what we’ve seen in terms of making a rush move to a win. Not to say that I agree with the way this was executed, not at all. We’re a contact sport, we’ve said there’s a very fine line in terms of how far you’re going to referee…”

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“A lot of tracks have stuff, you can’t touch the leader. I don’t think the fans would want us to go that route. I certainly didn’t like what we saw on Saturday, uh in terms of how this win came about, but at the end of the day I think the drivers are in their hands… It’s very difficult to judge, that was close for sure. But obviously, we made the call to let it go.”

Fans React to NASCAR COO’s Thoughts

Fans didn’t like O’Donnell’s statement about things being “in your hands.” Fans argued that if Ty Gibbs is evicted in Phoenix, NASCAR should remember what they said when it was the other way around.

KANSAS CITY, KS – SEPTEMBER 09: Ty Gibbs (#54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota) sits in his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 race on September 9, 2022 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City , Kansas (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

fans stated,

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SEE THIS STORY: “It’s a little late for that” – Freddie Kraft reveals how Bubba Wallace was a bad influence on Ty Gibbs

NASCAR bills itself as a contact sport, but it fails to draw the line when someone like Ty Gibbs is involved. Many people were angered by Gibbs’ immature and crass tactics while destroying his own teammate. Considering that this qualified driver would be heading to JGR in the Cup Series, perhaps one day it will bring up the question of how long he will survive in the sport.

Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism and also writes for his own blog covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC and WEC. Following motorsport for over a decade, he has become a devoted supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna.

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