Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will drive the celebrated internationally No. 43 auto for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2018.
Wallace is set to wind up the principal full-time African-American driver to race in the NASCAR Cup Series since Wendell Scott in 1971. On Sunday at the Daytona 500, Wallace will begin in seventh position beside Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs dashing.
While a large portion of his begins have come in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, Wallace had some espresso at the Cup level prior this season, filling in for four races for a then-harmed Aric Almirola, who left the visit after the 2017 season.
Wallace is an alum of both NASCAR's Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next projects and will acquire a huge amount of history in the 43. Richard Petty, also called 'The King', made the ride celebrated by taking it to Victory Lane 200 times, the most in NASCAR history.
"We have procured a variety of drivers before, however Wallace brings a great deal of youth and ability to our group," Petty said in October. "He's turned out to be ready to be steady on a week after week premise, offer criticism to the group to help enhance the auto and race hard to get the most ideal wrap up. He knows how to win, as well. His records paving the way to the best levels of NASCAR represent themselves. We feel that Bubba can quickly come in and contend. He's extremely anxious to indicate what he can do and that he has a place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series."
Through the span of his young vocation, the 24-year-old Wallace claims six wins in the Truck Series and 34 top-10 completes in the Xfinity Series.