NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace ragequits during an official esports racing event

    
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So apparently NASCAR is hosting an esports event featuring real drivers in a simulated series of races in the racing sim title iRacing. Readers will recall that this sort of thing isn’t unique with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; many motorsports events are being held digitally. It’s during one such race that NASCAR drivers Bubba Wallace and Clint Bowyer had a bit of contact mid-event, causing Wallace to literally ragequit the event.

All things considered, having a crash — accidental or otherwise — in a video game is significantly better than one in a real-life NASCAR event, since the repercussions are not quite as dangerous or dire. That said, it certainly appears in the embedded videos below that Wallace was much more invested in the matter than Bowyer, though Bowyer’s seemingly retaliatory contact is what caused both drivers to wipe out.

The ragequit wasn’t without its fallout for Wallace, however; though Wallace would later make light of the matter, it also appears that a follow-up tweet features a response from Wallace’s sponsor Blue Emu confirming the end of his sponsorship. Woopsie.

sources: PC Gamer, Twitter (1, 2)

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Bruno Brito

1- It’s NASCAR. Between making left turns and car crashes, there’s nothing worth of notice.

2- The way he was fired was completely unprofessional, and i wouldn’t work for a company like this even if i was desperate.

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Armsbend

Nascar used to be really fun before 9/11. It was a rule-less, redneck paradise. As a young man I’d go with friends and we’d act like debased animals for a weekend.

Then 9/11 happened and they started implementing rules. And people stopped smoking (Winston used to be the main sponsor). And they made cheesy stadiums in non redneck parts of the country and took races away from the classic tracks.

It got boring and stale. Dale Earnhart dying kind of symbolized the end of the sport being fun and dangerous. Now the drivers can’t even turn their heads. It is soulless.

2) they make a LOT of money.

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Bruno Brito

Nascar used to be really fun before 9/11. It was a rule-less, redneck paradise. As a young man I’d go with friends and we’d act like debased animals for a weekend.

Exactly. You could do that on a vacant lot. Nascar itself is worthless. It’s the redneck paradise people look for. Who gives a shit about cars making turns, people wanna fill themselves with alcohol and see car crashes.

2) they make a LOT of money.

Not MY money. But i get your point.

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agemyth 😩

From the little context I’ve seen of this it seems like Wallace was at least trying to take the iRacing event seriously (doing his job) and Bowyer was treating the race like it was “just a game”. I’m sure there is no way a simulation like iRacing can be anything close to what these people experience in the real thing, but the quality of the competition can be the real deal if the drivers take the simulation seriously.

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Grimmtooth

Wow, that’s like the exact opposite of what everyone else saw. He even tweeted how he wasn’t taking the race seriously.

Listen, I’ve been in Wallace’s corner for a while, but at this point even I have to admit, he’s being an ass.

He’s the lettuce, and his sponsor (and the series sponsor for the first quarter of the season) just put him on the dock to rot.

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Armsbend

This one is getting a lot of press for some reason. It really looks so cheap – like when I used to play Nascar a lot of the PS2. A sponsor actually dropped him over this – I can’t believe sponsors are even involved in this stuff. I know why they are doing it – but it seems so dumb.

But on a sports note – have any of y’all noticed how hard our leaders are pushing for sports lately? It is so incredibly obvious that with all that is going on, and more important isn’t going on, that people are paying more attention to politics and how badly they are screwing us over. Washington has relied on celebrities and sports to lure people’s attention away from what matters since the 1950s – when everything was great I guess.

NASCAR included.

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agemyth 😩

It really looks so cheap – like when I used to play Nascar a lot of the PS2.

If you’re not familiar with iRacing, it is pretty much the only true racing simulation available. It (obviously) doesn’t sport the best graphics, but it makes up for it in the simulation and the software around it.

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Armsbend

I’ll have to check it out. Is it available to the general public?

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Emiliano Lozada
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agemyth 😩

Yeah, I think a lot of the UI out-of-race stuff is still just on their website http://www.iracing.com, but it is a subscription game.

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Armsbend

Thanks age, thanks Emiliano!

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Grimmtooth

Dude, sponsors are involved for the exact reason they are ever involved – eyeballs. They don’t care if it’s real or virtual, if the network is televising it, they want their logo out there. But they don’t want some guy being a jerk while wearing it.