Bubba Wallace has garnered the reputation in the NASCAR community of being a driver who wears his emotions on his sleeves. Wallace‘s personality shares many similar traits to his father that has led to internal friction. The relationship with his dad fractured after a physical altercation following an intense argument with his mother.
Bubba Wallace’s father played a pivotal role in his racing career
His father, Darrell Wallace Sr., played a pivotal part in guiding him along the path to his promising career. All that helped him become the first African-American driver to have a full-time gig since 1971.
However, the relationship between the two has drastically changed over the last few years. It came to a breaking point after a physical altercation between them.
Bubba Wallace physically fought his own father following a heated argument with his mom
Over the last few years, Bubba Wallace’s relationship with his father has had many rocky moments.
During an interview on the Dale Jr. Download podcast in October 2019, Wallace revealed when the relationship with his dad took a nosedive. He voiced that his mother confessed to him that she and his father “got in into it,” firing him up emotionally to fight his dad.
“The light switch went off, I got in my truck and went over and fought my dad, like swinging fists, just did before I thought. A physical altercation,” Wallace said. “For 15 years of racing, it was me and him. And then that day, that was it.”
Wallace added that he had attempted to stay out of his parent’s issues as much as possible before they split up. However, he couldn’t help himself in that situation from getting into a fight with his father.
Wallace holds a significant place in his heart for his mother, who he has called the backbone in his life. He had simply reached a breaking point with his father, leading him to a physical confrontation.
The 27-year-old voiced that the fight with his dad split his since significantly impacted their relationship. However, the two have since made progress in their connection.
Relationship with his father is improving
Since the altercation, Bubba Wallace has seen his relationship with his father improve.
Darrell Wallace Sr. has had a stronger presence around his son over the last couple of years. In the same interview on the Dale Jr. Download Podcast, he voiced that their standing is progressing, but there still have been bumps in the road. (H/T NBC Sports)
“This year, finally, my dad and I are making some progress,” Wallace said. “My dad is super hard-headed to talk to and just to make him understand things. I still love him to death, no matter what, right, wrong or indifferent, he’s still my dad.
“Multiple times I did (extend an olive branch to his father). His favorite saying is, ‘Time shall heal all wounds.’ I’d say, ‘Hey man, wanna talk?’ He’d say, ‘Time shall heal all wounds.’ A couple months later, ‘Hey man, wanna talk?’ He’d say, ‘Time shall heal all wounds.’ You still have a little bit of that awkward tension there.”
Wallace experienced strength in the bond with his father through the entire ordeal involving the noose in his garage last year. It may not be the ideal father-son relationship, but it’s moving in the right direction.