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Bubba Wallace Treated, Released For Fatigue After Atlanta Cup Race

Since its NASCAR Cup Series date moved away from Labor Day Weekend after the 2014 season, the variable of warmer temperatures has been less of a factor at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But, as Bubba Wallace discovered, the dangers of heat exhaustion can still rear their ugly head down in Georgia.

A rescheduled event from March to June put those conditions front and center in Sunday’s (June 7) Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. While the average high temperature on March 15, in Hampton, Ga., is 66 degrees, according to Accuweather.com, the average high on June 7, the date of Sunday’s race is 84 degrees. It’s an adjustment of 20 degrees to go along with the late-spring high humidity.

After the race, both Wallace and Ryan Newman were showing signs of physical fatigue after getting out of their cars. Wallace nearly fainted after getting out of his car and then, during a live post-race interview with FOX Sports, nearly did so again.

Wallace was later treated and released for post-race exhaustion in the infield care center.

Wallace and Newman weren’t the only ones under the weather. Josh Bilicki, who drove for Premium Motorsports at Atlanta, also suffered from some sort of heat exhaustion.

Newman wound up 14th in a race won by Kevin Harvick. Wallace was 21st while Bilicki ended up 34th.


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Tom B

A person who likes the attention.


Problem is everyone now is so used to being inside air conditioned environments that they can’t handle normal summer heat.

Bill B

I don’t think there is anything “normal” about the amount of heat in a race car on an extremely hot day. Normal would be what you experience outside the car.

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