Darrell Wallace Jr. understands money is the “root of all evil” in motor racing, certainly when it comes to the success of Richard Petty Motorsports.
The rookie acknowledges as the company marches onward toward next season it’ll take more funding to help improve performance on the No. 43 Chevrolet. While Wallace’s sponsors have included Click n’ Close, STP, Air Force, Eckrich, Weis Markets, and World Wide Technology, the team has spent most of the season trying to piece together races.
Talladega will be the seventh race featuring Petty’s Garage and Medallion Bank on the hood. Both companies are owned by the co-owners of Richard Petty Motorsports, Richard Petty and Andrew Murstein (Medallion Bank).
“We just need a partner, and we have great partners right now with World Wide Technology for a brand-new sponsor to come on board and to take a big leap with us is big,” Wallace said. “They have done a lot for us. STP, Air Force, Click n’ Close, and we have had a number of great partners throughout the year to get us to where we are at, but we still need more. We want more funding to help our speed, help all resources that go into making a race team successful.
“For us right now though we are ‘balling on a budget,’ we will go out and finish out these next six races the best that we can.
“We have a new car coming here in a couple of weeks, so we have some good things coming; it’s just a matter for having a little bit of luck on our side. I was just glad to be able to finish Dover last weekend and now we can kind of get through this weekend, hopefully, unscathed and then get the last five I would say into a smooth, consistent roll into the offseason. And then get really prepared for when February comes around.”
How tough has the season been on the team? Wallace does not have a backup car for Talladega because inventory is low.
Wallace’s second-place Daytona 500 car was wrecked after the checkered flag from contact with Denny Hamlin, and then later sold at auction. And in the 10 races leading into this weekend, Wallace collected five DNFs from accidents, brake failures, and mechanical issues.
With just one practice session and qualifying ahead of Sunday’s race, Wallace will try to mind his manners and stay out of trouble.
“Out of all the speedway races we have had we have run okay, but then the cars are totaled at the end,” Wallace said. “So, that’s part of it. So, yeah, we are just going to go out and do our own deal until the race starts.”