CUP: Bubba Wallace Stepping Into Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43

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Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Pocono Raceway. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend, stepping into the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports at Pocono Raceway for the running of the Axalta presents the Pocono 400.

Wallace will transition out of Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford Mustang to the iconic RPM No. 43 Ford Fusion at Pocono Raceway, breaking into the premier level of the sport for the first time.

“We are very proud of Bubba and his development at Roush Fenway Racing,” said team president Steve Newmark. “We believe that Bubba has tremendous potential and will continue to excel in NASCAR’s top series.  He has been a great representative of our organization both on and off the track and we’ve enjoyed being part of his growth as a driver.  Our entire team is excited to see him take the next step in his career and make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the No. 43.”

“The transition shows the strong collaboration we currently have in the Ford stable,” added Newmark. “We believe this will be a great opportunity for both Bubba and RPM, and will continue to strengthen the overall Ford program.”

Prior to Monday’s announcement, Regan Smith had subbed in the No. 43 for the injured Aric Almirola, competing in the Monster Energy Open and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as this past weekend’s Cup race at Dover Int’l Speedway.

Smith’s best finish was fourth in the non-points Open, while he placed 22nd in the Coca-Cola 600.

With Wallace’s focus on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing will suspend efforts on the No. 6 NXS team after this weekend’s event in Pocono, but will continue to evaluate additional potential opportunities for Wallace to run in NXS races.

Wallace has driven for Roush Fenway in the NXS for the past two and a half seasons, scoring a career-high finish of second at Dover last spring.

CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing

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