Darrell Wallace Jr. urges fans to help flood victims
By AMANDA VINCENT
After the July 5 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was fined $15,000 because of a post-race Twitter rant in which he referred to NASCAR officials as muppets.
After the announcement of his fine, Wallace posted a “thank you” to fans via his Facebook page (facebook.com/bubbawallace/
), thanking him for their support in the form of offers to make donations to him to pay his fine. Because of the offers, Wallace has set up a GoFundMe campaign
for fans to, instead, make donations to assist flood victims in West Virgina.
“Following Daytona, my emotions got the best of me, and I used social media to vent. That wasn’t the best way to express myself, and I apologize for my actions.
“After the announcement of my fine, I was blown away by how many of you offered to assist me. With this support from my fans in mind, I thought there was a way we could turn this incident into a positive cause.
“For those of you that were considering making a donation towards me, I ask that you instead support this GoFundMe acount, where we’ll be racing money for the Greenbrier Resort’s ‘Neighbors Loving Neighbors’ campaign, which assists West Virginia’s flood victims. Thank you all, and let’s help those that need it.”
So far, the effort has raised $1,925 of its $15,000 goal in six days, with 22 people making donations.