Bubba Wallace Ready To Represent In Cup Series

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Darrell Wallace Jr. at speed in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 during Daytona 500 practice. (NASCAR photo)

After a solid debut stint for RPM last year, in which he made four starts as a substitute for the injured Aric Almirola and scored a best finish of 11th in the last of that quartet, Wallace feels that the team is primed to make a jump forward this year thanks to their new alliance with Chevrolet and Richard Childress Racing.

“I think we’ve still got a lot of headway to clear out, but coming from where they were at least year to where they’re at now, they’ve made a lot of improvements,” said Wallace. “I think this is a great switch over to Chevrolet and to RCR for this team. I think that part is going really well. But it doesn’t take just one season for a team just to be like a light switch and turn things up. It’s going to take us a little bit.”

“In all honesty, I’m excited to get to Atlanta,” he added. “I’m excited to run my first 500, but I’m just as excited to get to Atlanta, Phoenix and Vegas and places like that to really see how we stack up (against the rest of the field). It’s a little bit up in the air of what we’ll be like, but from how we ran last year at Kentucky and in my first four races, I’m excited about it. It’ll be good.”

Having only raced part-time last season, racing in the XFINITY Series for the first third of the season with Roush Fenway Racing and then winning a Truck race for MDM Motorsports after the funding dried up at RFR, Wallace is very eager to return to the rhythm of being at the track every week.

He said it also takes a lot of weight off his shoulders as well, not having to worry about whether he’ll have a job for the next race or not.

“It’s definitely a stress reliever knowing that I have a permanent home for this year,” Wallace explained. “I couldn’t be more thankful to Richard Petty, the King, for allowing me to step behind the wheel of the No. 43 and letting me pile in it all year and showcase everything. Just thinking about that and looking back on where we were at last year at this time — basically BS-ing, just to try to get everyone to latch on to that in hopes that it would out — to be here now and say that I’ll be running full‑time as a rookie in my first Cup season is pretty damn cool.”

And as far as Sunday goes? Wallace said he’s gotten one piece of advice from Petty on how to approach things.

“Richard told me before climbing in for the first time; there’s no need to be a hero. No need to overstep anything that you’re doing. He reminded me I’m here for a reason, and I’m here because I’ve proved my point, so just to go out there and do what I do. That’s the plan.”

 

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Jacob Seelman is the Managing Editor of Race Chaser Online and creator of the Motorsports Madness radio show, airing at 7 p.m. Eastern every Monday on the Performance Motorsports Network.

Seelman grew up in the sport, watching his grandparents co-own the RaDiUs Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series team in the 1990s.

The 24-year-old is currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and is also serving as the full-time tour announcer for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series.

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