Bubba Wallace parting ways with NASCAR team Richard Petty Motorsports

Team confirms the news Thursday

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Bubba Wallace will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports as the driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

The team confirmed the news Thursday in a statement.

“Earlier this morning, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., informed Richard Petty Motorsports he will not be returning for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season. We will complete the season with Wallace behind the wheel of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.

“We look forward to the next chapter in the making for the iconic No. 43 team. We will announce our new driver in the near future.”

Wallace followed up with his own statement shortly after.

“This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43. Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note.”

Wallace is the only Black driver competing full-time in NASCAR’s premier series and is in his third season at Richard Petty Motorsports. He is widely known for his social activism in the wake of protests across the country this year and has worked to shift NASCAR through social changes, including the banning of the Confederate flag at series events and tracks.

Wallace has an ownership stake in Richard Petty Motorsports but also said early last month that he was entertaining offers from teams for next season including Chip Ganassi Racing. Due to his widespread media attention for his social activism, Wallace has signed several high-profile sponsors for personal services contracts.

The 26-year-old has 103 career Cup starts and nine career top 10s. His best finish this season is fifth at the Daytona oval in August, his best career finish came in the 2018 Daytona 500 when he finished second.

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Comments (22)

  • ✊🏻 GO BUBBA!! Hopefully the move will gain him some podium finishes.

      16 days ago
    • (Silently roots for Michael McDowell to get a better ride)

        16 days ago
    • Agreed I’ve always felt like he’s just never had anything remotely competitive. But if Ross Chastain doesn’t go to the 42 next year I wouldn’t be opposed to him going to the 43.

        15 days ago
  • Fired.

      13 days ago
  • Bubba BLM Wallace made his own Golden Ticket and he could finish dead last in every race he enters and no team will ever be able to fire him because you can guarantee BLM Wallace will wave his "Race Card" and accuse them of racism.

    And if no team picks him up and signs him all he has to do is single out a successful team with lots of money and make them the target of unfounded racism allegations. So it is a win win for BLM Bubba, he can sport his Malcom X T-Shirt and tell every team that they better not treat him differently because he is part black but they better not forget that he is part black either or they will be targeted.

    It sounds like Richard Petty is going to get off easy and he should thank his lucky stars to be rid of this whack job race baiting fool.

      13 days ago
  • Go on get Bubba!

      14 days ago
  • Interesting decision. Wonder why?

      15 days ago
    • Because he’s a lousy driver.

        15 days ago
    • From what I’ve heard, they were interested in having a driver. But they weren’t interested in having their driver be a wannabe activist celebrity more than he wanted to be a driver.

        15 days ago
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