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Darrell Wallace Jr Addresses Media



Xfinty Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr fielded questions from the media via a teleconference Tuesday morning. Among the topics discussed were his Cup debut at Pocono, and the closing of his Xfinity team.

Announced on Monday, Wallace will pilot the famed 43 car this weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports. He will be substituting for the injured Aric Almirola; Regan Smith has filled this role for the previous 3 weeks. “[Rev Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing] was was a great opportunity in the K&N Pro Series East and we made the most of it there. With that success came my career where it is now. Definitely without that on and off track success I don’t think I’d be here today,” said Wallace. Wallace will be the first African American driver to start a Cup race since Bill Lester in 2006.

In addition to the news of his Cup debut, Wallace’s Roush Fenway Xfinity Series 6 team will also shut down. This weekend’s race at Pocono will be the final start for this team, as a lack of sponsorship facilitated this move.

Wallace mentioned that he will drive the 43 car for the remainder of Almirola’s absence. “When stuff like [that] happens, you try to make the right phone calls and do all the right things and the opportunity will present itself at the right time,” said Wallace. Almirola could be out of his car for as much as 10 weeks. At the conclusion of this time, it is as of yet unknown where Wallace will race.

Darrell Wallace Jr is a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, and was a member of the inaugural NASCAR Next Class in 2010. Between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Wallace won 5 Truck Series races, including 2 at Martinsville Speedway.

For 2015, Wallace moved up into the Xfinity Series, in the famed Roush Fenway 6 car. He has yet to win in the Xfinity Series, and this weekend’s Pocono Green 250 will probably be his final start in this series.

Bubba Wallace will be auditioning himself for a full time Cup Series ride in the coming weeks.  He will run double duty for this weekend’s events at Pocono. He will then remain in the 43 car for the coming races in the Cup Series. Bubba Wallace has more than shown his racing ability in NASCAR. He has the potential of being another great young star in the Monster Energy Cup Series.