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Darrell Wallace Jr. to make Cup Series debut at Pocono



This weekend at Pocono Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his first career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. In doing so the driver known as Bubba will become the first African-American driver to race in NASCAR’s top series since Bill Lester drove for Bill Davis Racing 2006.  

Wallace gets his breakthrough into the Cup Series as a substitute driver. Wallace will sub for Aric Almirola, who broke his back in a crash at Kansas Speedway on May 13th.

Of course, this means that Wallace will be making his first career start in the iconic 43 car which was made famous by Richard Petty. When asked about the opportunity he said, “Driving the 43 car is an unbelievable opportunity for any race car driver”. As excited as Wallace seems, those at Richard Petty Motorsports seem to have an equal amount of excitement. This was made apparent by  CEO of RPM, Brian Moffitt when he spoke about putting Bubba in the car. Moffitt said,  “He has shown success in NASCAR’s national series and we look forward to him continuing to display his abilities in our car”.

Darrell Wallace Jr.’s NXS Future

Wallace currently sits 4th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings however, that won’t last for long. Bubba drives in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing and will do so this weekend. However, after this weekend Roush Fenway Racing will suspend operations of the No.6 team as Bubba moves to Richard Petty Motorsports. Roush Fenway Racing did say they “will continue to evaluate additional potential opportunities for Wallace to run in NXS races.”

Career to this Point

Darrell Wallace Jr. has been a name to learn in NASCAR for a while now. Since he came into the sport in 2010 as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program he has been making a name for himself. In 2010 at 16 years old he became the youngest driver to ever win in the K&N Pro Series. Accumulating a total of six wins over 36 races in the series. Bubba then moved on into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. In 44 career truck series starts Wallace posted five wins, one of which came at Eldora. In 2014 Bubba finished a career-best 3rd in the NCWTS Standings. With so much already accomplished in his career, it is easy to see how he earned this shot.