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Bubba Wallace not sharing details about Aric Almirola confrontation

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Bubba Wallace has acknowledged that there was a confrontation between him and Aric Almirola, but he remains mum about the situation that led to Joe Gibbs Racing reportedly suspending Almirola.

"They don't want me to get into details," Wallace told media members Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. "Keep some people's images good. I think I said enough at Charlotte last year.

"All in all, life is good for me. That s*** happened over a month ago."

The comment about Charlotte references another confrontation between Almirola and Wallace. They exchanged words during a rain delay in the 2023 Coca-Cola 600, which led to Almirola shoving Wallace.

Neither driver provided much detail about the pit road confrontation, which occurred after they raced each other hard on the track. Almirola said that the 23XI Racing driver was cussing at him. Wallace did not provide his side of the story.

"When you walk around with two faces, that's what you get," was all Wallace said.

The latest confrontation between these two drivers, which The Athletic reported was physical, reportedly occurred during a competition meeting at Joe Gibbs Racing. However, not all of the other drivers were present.

"I wasn't there at the time, so I don't know what all transpired," Denny Hamlin, who co-owns 23XI Racing, said Saturday. "It's all hearsay from my standpoint. At 23XI Racing, we let Joe Gibbs Racing handle it, and they did what they saw fit."

Wallace was not on the receiving end of any discipline following the reported confrontation with Almirola. He has continued with his season while trying to get back to the playoffs.

"Focused on getting our stuff turned back around," Wallace added. "Off the track, focused on my (pregnant) wife and the baby boy that's growing and growing."

Almirola, however, has not been in the No. 20 Toyota GR Supra after originally agreeing to run a significant portion of the schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing. His next scheduled start is the July 20 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Xfinity Series' first on the oval since 2019.