Wallace Jr. to Make Cup Debut

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Wallace, more commonly referred to by his nickname "Bubba", got his shot when Aric Almirola was injured in a wreck at Kansas.

Darrell Wallace Jr. affectionately known as "Bubba" will temporarily take the place of injured driver Aric Amirola (for the next few months), in the Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), # 43 auto. Coinciding with Wallace's promotion, RFR will suspend operations of Wallace's No. 6 team following Saturday's race at Pocono due to a lack of sponsorship. "Give an extra 200 percent each and every time I climb in the vehicle for Ford, for Richard Petty, for everybody on the team, for (sponsor) Smithfield, to go out there and make the opportunity the greatest it has been". So this is the ideal opportunity.

"I was in the [Petty] shop yesterday, sat in the seat, sat in the auto, got comfortable, met some of the guys that I'll be racing together with the next couple of weeks", Wallace said.

He's a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and member of the inaugural NASCAR Next class.

Current Monster series driver Erik Jones was a fellow KBM driver with Bubba in his time there, they dominated the series in their brief stint together down there. "With that success came my career where it is now". I was like, 'OK.' He was like, 'We're driving the two most iconic cars in the sport this weekend. "A lot of that credit goes to those guys over there".

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.is about to be the fourth.

"This is a huge step for NASCAR, the whole sport in general, for bringing diversity to its top-tier level of NASCAR". "I'm glad to be leading the forefront of that right now".

He credits his parents - his father is white, his mother is black - for teaching him that everybody, no matter their skin color, gender, age or disability, should be treated equal. "We couldn't be happier with the progress of Aric Almirola's recovery and can't wait to get him back".

"It's been a fun journey".

Wallace admitted that he faces an uncertain future after Almirola returns. "I just have to show everyone I can manage in this series". Wallace is one of the best and knows how to have fun with it.

"For me, I just want to be a role model, put a positive impact on the kids that are watching the sport, that want to be a part of the sport, and leave a good everlasting impact on the sport, continue my legacy down the road".

Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will pilot the #43 Ford while Aric Almirola recovers from his injuries.

"I've been through 14, 15 years of racing", Wallace said. He has never won an XFINITY race, but does own two poles, six top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in 83 career starts in that series.

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