After the chaos in the COTA race, many NASCAR veterans such as Kyle Busch decided to express their concern for the 'younger generation of drivers' who perform extremely aggressively and pointed out that the situation was not like that in the past.
He emphasized that there was respect. Bubba Wallace disagrees with that though. “It’s from the top down. We talk about this as a new age, but you can’t even talk to some of those guys that have been here for a long time.
It’s just a lack of respect from the top down. It’s just how it’s always been, and I think Todd (Gilliland) talked about how the younger generation has kind of always raced. It’s been cutthroat,” Wallace said.
Bubba Wallace remembered a moment and conversation with Kyle Busch, which he now decided to tell. “I know Kyle (Busch), and I have had our run-ins going back to Watkins Glen in 2019. And he was like, ‘I caught you a couple of races ago at Texas.’ Have you ever heard of the Mark Martin rule?’ I’m like, ‘What’s that?’ He’s like, ‘When I catch you, you lay over.’ I’m like, ‘No, I don’t race like that pal.’"
Bubba Wallace talks about respect
Bubba Wallace believes that both sides (younger and older) are right about some things.
Wallace tries to show respect to his opponent during every race. “If you can get on the inside of me, you can get there. It’s just a totally different style of racing. It’s kind of like butting heads. I agree with both sides.
There’s no respect in the garage, but I try to race everybody with respect. Some guys go out here and just run you up the track, run you off the track. If I do that, it’s by mistake. It’s not by design. But it’s from the top down,” said Bubba Wallace.