Confirmed at Last! Bubba Wallace Will Drive the Iconic No. 43 Full-Time

Lucy Atkinson

After many months of wondering whether it would happen or not, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr AKA, finally has a ride confirmed for 2018.

He will be stepping into the iconic No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Aric Almirola will be leaving at the end of the 2017 season after six years of driving the No. 43 in NASCAR’s premier series.

Many will remember that earlier on in the season, Bubba was fourth in points for the Xfinity Championship when officials dissolved the Roush Fenway Racing team and the No. 6 car – causing Bubba to lose that ride. All was not lost for the six-time Camping World Truck Series winner though, because Bubba ran four races mid-season in the No. 43 car when Aric Almirola was recovering from a back injury he sustained at Kansas.

Not only that, but this could be a move in the right direction for NASCAR in terms of diversity. Bubba is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and will become the third African-American to break into NASCAR’s premier series.

Bubba has been hugely successful in all of his racing endeavours. On top of his Camping World Truck Series wins, was the flawlessness that we saw when he consistently finished races in 6th place, whilst running in the No. 6 car during the 2017 Xfinity season. Commenting on this, Bubba remarked:

“Look at XFINITY and Trucks stats, I’m one of the most aggressive drivers out there on restarts.

I take pride in that. I thought what I was going to bring to the table was somewhat enough.

It barely put a dent in what you need to bring to the Cup Series.

That’s to run 20th and I’m like ‘Holy cow!’” – Bubba Wallace

It’s really exciting to see that Bubba finally has a full-time ride and a chance to shine. This 23-year-old has shown that he is in possession of a lot of talent and a great attitude both on and off the track. There’s no doubt that he will be a wonderful edition to the 2018 line-up along with other Cup Series rookies such as William Byron and Alex Bowman.