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Bubba Wallace to the 43 Car for 2018



Another silly season domino has fallen into place for the 2018 NASCAR season; however, his one has added significance. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. will drive the famed 43 car in 2018.  While rumored for several weeks, the news was made official in today’s announcement. No sponsor or manufacturer information was included in this press release today. According to Petty, this news will follow at a later date.

Career Stats for Wallace

At 24 years old, Bubba Wallace has made a name for himself in NASCAR’s lower levels. He has won 6 times in the Camping World Truck Series, including earlier this year at Michigan. Over 2 years of competition in the Xfinity Series, Wallace earned 34 top-10 finishes.

His Xfinity Series team was shut down after the Pocono race in June due to a lack of sponsorship. When Aric Almirola was out for injury earlier this season, Wallace drove the 43 car in 4 races.

RPM’s Results in 2017

2017 for Richard Petty Motorsports has been a roller coaster year. Prior to Almirola’s injury, the team had 3 top 10s. While Aric was out, the team’s best finish was 11th with Wallace at Kentucky. RPM currently has an active streak of 2 straight top 10s, including 5th at Talladega.

In a perfect world, this story would be solely about racing, and not about race. However, Darrell Wallace Jr. will be the first full-time African-American driver in the Cup Series since 1971. He will bring much-needed diversity to the highest level of stock car racing, and hopefully a new legion of fans. Bubba has the potential to make a major influence in the Cup Series. He may be NASCAR’s Tiger Woods in terms of reaching out to minority fans.

In conclusion, NASCAR will have another young star in the 2018 Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports is attempting to build a new foundation and a brand with Bubba Wallace as the centerpiece. Wallace has more than proven himself capable of a full-time opportunity in the Cup Series, so be sure to watch out for him in 2018 and beyond.