NASCAR fans are historically ruthless when it comes to who they love and who they hate. In recent years, one driver – Bubba Wallace – has arguably been the biggest lightning rod the sport has ever seen.
Bubba has a passionate fanbase, a superstar owner in Michael Jordan, and enough sponsorship to last a lifetime.
Of course, there’s also plenty of fans who despise him.
Whether it be the much-maligned “noose” incident back in 2020, the constant media coverage of Wallace being the Cup Series’ only Black driver, or Bubba’s occasional flair for dramatics, he certainly has some naysayers.
Don’t take my word for it, though.
Bubba Wallace is most disliked NASCAR driver
According to a study done by Gambling.com, Bubba Wallace is far and away the most hated driver in NASCAR.
The study utilized the social listening tool Linkfluence, which analyzed which driver this season has received the most online “love and hate” from Twitter posts. Unfortunately – but probably not surprisingly – the results showed that every 1 in 3 posts towards Wallace were resoundingly negative (30.1%).
The next closest driver was Cody Ware, who checked in at 18% – most likely because he’s seemingly at the center of a major wreck every week.
The study also found that Wallace’s second-place finish at Michigan last month received the most hate.
Can’t imagine why!
You could pull ten random strangers off the street and they would all beat Bubba Wallace in a race.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) August 8, 2022
I’m thinking neither of those two drivers will lose much sleep over that revelation.
Chase Elliott isn’t as popular as you think
Daniel Suarez (44% positive) took the No. 1 spot as the sport’s “most loved” driver of 2022. Take that, Chase Elliott fans!
Suarez’s win at Sonoma in June pushed him over the edge, with over 62% positive tweets coming from that victory.
Credit to Daniel Suarez for somehow getting 62% of Twitter to actually agree on something!
Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric came in second at 42%, followed by Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman.
Elliott – NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver three years in a row – didn’t even crack the top-10.