Darrell Wallace Jr. will remain the driver of the No. 43 as Richard Petty Motorsports picked up the option on his multi-year agreement, the team has announced.
Earlier this week both Wallace and Richard Petty indicated they would remain together going forward.
Wallace was handpicked by the organization to replace Aric Almirola after stepping in last summer when the team needed a relief driver. In his first full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Wallace has two top-10 finishes and is 24th in points.
“We have faith in Bubba and in our team that we’ll continue to get better, together,” said Petty. “This confirmation allows our partners to start building for next season and beyond. It also allows the different companies that we’re talking to now know that we’re very serious about building our future with Bubba as our driver.”
Said Wallace, “Our highs have been well documented, and so have our lows. It’s all a part of growing together as a team with a new alliance, a new shop, a new manufacturer, a new car and being a rookie driver. It’s a wild ride, and I’m thankful to the Petty family for allowing me to be on it. Richard is competitive, and I think about winning in the ’43’ all the time. We both want the same thing, and we’re building that. Today, allows us to get this confirmed and continue to focus on the future.”