"Burnt out" Bubba Wallace pulls out of Talladega eNASCAR race

Bubba Wallace, who earlier this month lost a real-world sponsor after abruptly quitting an eNASCAR race, has decided not to participate in this weekend’s event.

"Burnt out" Bubba Wallace pulls out of Talladega eNASCAR race

On Friday evening, Wallace a posted a series of messages on his Twitter account, in which he said he decided not to run in Sunday’s eNASCAR Pro Invitational event at the virtual Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (1 p.m. ET, Fox Sports).

He said, “Seen some peeps ask why I'm not on the list for Sundays race. @iRacing is the best in the biz no doubt about it.. I just simply get burnt out after a day. Not the games fault, just been like that for years.”

 

Wallace, 26, went on to say that by the time he had run the first event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, “I was burnt out.”

He added, “I can't sit at the (sim) rig all day and burn laps, I’d go crazy. Before this pandemic, I hadn’t turned on my racing rig in at least 6-8 months. So I decided to opt out of this one and watch the madness.”

While Wallace will not participate in Sunday’s race, NASCAR Hall of Famer and current Fox Sports TV analyst Jeff Gordon announced earlier this week that he would enter for the first time.

Read Also:

After using up his two allowed fast-repair “resets” in the first 10 laps of the April 5 eNASCAR race at virtual Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Wallace got involved in a third incident with driver Clint Bowyer that caused his No. 43 extensive damage.

Rather than drive the remainder of the 150-lap event with a damaged vehicle and out of contention for the win, Wallace elected to quit.

A sponsor his Richard Petty Motorsports team had secured for the event, Blue-Emu, posted a message afterwards saying, “We’re interested in drivers, not quitters.”

shares
comments
NASCAR remains on hiatus as N.C. governor extends order

Previous article

NASCAR remains on hiatus as N.C. governor extends order

Next article

Newman expects to return to racing when NASCAR resumes

Newman expects to return to racing when NASCAR resumes
Load comments
How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize Prime

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How seriously should Esports be taken? Prime

How seriously should Esports be taken?

As interest in Esports has increased during the coronavirus lockdown, the lines have become blurred between what's real and what's virtual - especially when some high-profile participants seem to be playing for laughs, says Luke Smith

Esports
Jun 10, 2020
Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice Prime

Why Abt's deception left Audi with no choice

Daniel Abt's suspension by the Audi Formula E team - and possible loss of his drive - for fielding a ringer in an Esports event could be considered an overreaction. But in a wider context, his employers had little other alternative

Esports
May 26, 2020
How Leclerc is embracing his new mission Prime

How Leclerc is embracing his new mission

The emergence of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc as a Twitch streaming star has been one of the pleasant surprises of lockdown so far. He says it is giving fans a greater insight into his nature, but that's not his primary purpose

Formula 1
Apr 23, 2020
Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Prime

Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Prime

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

The lack of real track action so far this year hasn't stop drivers from keeping their racing brains 'fresh', as former F1 star Stoffel Vandoorne suggested last weekend.

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now Prime

Why entertainment isn't Esports greatest virtue right now

MotoGP's virtual #StayAtHomeGP was a sad reminder of some of the storylines that could be unfolding had the real-life season not been delayed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic. While we can bemoan Esports as being a poor relation of the real thing, it has an even more important function to perform

MotoGP
Mar 30, 2020
F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Prime

F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020