#43 NASCAR Team News and Links

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World Wide Technology (6 races)
Click n' Close (3+ races)
U.S. Air Force (2 races)
U.S. Air Force
STP (2 races)
NASCAR Racing Experience (Atlanta)
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
Smithfield Foods (7? races)
Eckrich (part of Smithfield)
Farmer John (part of Smithfield)

Medallion Financial

R-M Automotive Finishes

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Bubba Wallace - Facebook
Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace - Twitter
Smithfield Foods - Facebook

Darrell Wallace - ESPN.com
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Races [3+] that Click n' Close is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/18
Phoenix - 3/11
Texas - 4/8
the rest TBA

Races [3?] that STP is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Martinsville - 3/25
Bristol - 4/15
Darlington - 9/2, throwback

Races [2] that the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Charlotte - 5/27
Phoenix - 11/11

Races [1] that the NASCAR Racing Experience is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Atlanta - 2/25

Races that The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was the primary sponsor in 2018:
Las Vegas - 3/4

Races that Petty's Garage/Medallion Bank was the primary sponsor in 2018:
Talladega - 4/29
Kentucky - 7/14

Races that Kroger/Coca-Cola was the primary sponsor in 2018:
Charlotte - 5/27

Races that Smithfield Foods was the primary sponsor in 2018:
Auto Club - 3/18 (Farmer John)
Richmond - 4/21 (Food Lion)
Dover - 5/6 (Eckrich)
Michigan - 6/10 (Meijer)
Chicago - 7/1 (Jewel-Osco)
rest TBA

Races that World Wide Technology is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Kansas - 5/12
Sonoma - 6/24
Indianapolis - 9/6
Las Vegas - 9/16
Charlotte - 9/30
Dover - 10/7

Beer Decals ONLY the #43: Richard Petty has said many times that beer sponsors, such as Coor's Light, Budweiser, etc will not be on the #43 car [doesn't apply to the #44]. It has been a Petty tradition going back to Richard's mother not to have alcohol-related sponsors on 'his' cars. "My mother would come back and haunt us home," Petty said of what would happen if a beer sponsor showed on up the #43. Since there is no sticker to run to get in the Sprint Unlimited and the pole award is given by Coors Light, it will not effect the #43 from running the Unlimited. RPM does have the Coor's Light Pole sticker on the #44 car. And now that the Bud Shootout is now the Sprint Unlimited, pretty much a moot point.

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: Click n' Close: 2018?; Air Force - 2018; STP - 2018; Smithfield - 2018

#43 Team / Driver News

Richard Petty Motorsports announces contract extension of Bubba Wallace: Richard Petty Motorsports is pleased to officially announce that it has picked up the option to extend Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. as the driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a multi-year agreement. The confirmation was made today by NASCAR Hall of Famer and team co-owner, "The King" Richard Petty at the Pocono Raceway. Wallace, 24, is currently in his first full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and is contending for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year award.[More](7-28-2018)

Bubba Wallace returning to the #43 next season: Richard Petty and Darrell Wallace Jr. did not officially announce plans for the No. 43 team next season, but both indicated Tuesday they would be remaining together. "Yeah, Bubba will be with us again next year," said Petty at the NASCAR Hall of Fame after unveiling Wallace's throwback car for Darlington. "From the standpoint that he's still learning - he's a rookie, a lot of these tracks he's never been to, and we got a new car with Chevrolet.[More](7-25-2018)

Bubba Wallace's Darlington throwback scheme revealed: Richard Petty Motorsports and STP today unveiled a historic look for NASCAR's throwback weekend. The scheme will take fans back to the beginning of one of NASCAR's longest partnerships. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will race the first-ever STP scheme during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. The car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Since the time Hall of Fame driver and crew chief, "The King" Richard Petty and Dale Inman, created the famous Petty Blue color, the No. 43 machine raced primarily in that shade of blue throughout the 1960's. In the beginning of 1972, STP became Petty's first major sponsor, and thus serious discussions about the new look of the famed "43" began. [More](7-24-2018)

Petty's Garage and Medallion Bank to support Bubba Wallace in Kentucky: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today, Petty's Garage and Medallion Bank will return as the primary sponsors of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 team during this weekend's events at the Kentucky Speedway. Petty's Garage will be on the hood with Medallion Bank on the sides of the No. 43 Camaro ZL1. The famed No. 43 will have the popular Petty Blue and day-glo orange colors on the car.[More](7-11-2018)

Jewel-Osco and Eckrich sponsoring Bubba Wallace at Chicago: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today, Jewel-Osco will be the primary sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team during this weekend's events at the Chicagoland Speedway. Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and deli meats, will also be a partner of Wallace Jr. and the team this weekend in Joliet, Illinois[More](6-26-2018)

BUBBA burger heads west with RPM: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today, BUBBA burger will be an associate sponsor of Bubba Wallace and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team during this weekend's events at the Sonoma Raceway.[More](6-19-2018)

Weis Markets partner with RPM, Wallace at Pocono: Weis Markets will be the primary sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team at Pocono Raceway.[More](5-31-2018)

Kroger, Coca-Cola on board the No. 43 at Charlotte: Kroger, Coca-Cola, Richard Petty Motorsports and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will kick-off summer this Memorial Day weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with their red, white and barbeque campaign. Bubba Wallace will race a patriotic-schemed No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600- a crown jewel NASCAR event.[More](5-24-2018)

Richard Petty auction held in Las Vegas: Richard Petty's iconic No. 43 dayglo red and Petty Blue 1974 Dodge Charger, considered one of the most historically important cars in NASCAR history, sold for $490,000.[More](5-13-2018)

World Wide Technology joins Richard Petty Motorsports for six races: Richard Petty Motorsports and World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, announced today an official partnership, naming World Wide Technology the Technology and Analytics Partner of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). As part of the new partnership, WWT will provide data analytics consulting and technology solutions to help improve team performance for Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. WWT will embed a team of its data scientists within the organization and use analysis of sensor, environmental and other data to optimize the team's performance on the track.[More](5-1-2018)

Petty's Garage and Medallion Bank on the #43: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today, Petty's Garage and Medallion Bank will be the primary sponsors of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team during this weekend's events at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Petty's Garage will be on the hood with Medallion Bank on the sides of a new #43 Camaro ZL1 built for this weekend.[More](4-25-2018)

Food Lion partners with Richard Petty Motorsports in Richmond: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today, Food Lion will be the primary sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team during this weekend's race weekend at the Richmond Raceway. Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and deli meats, will also be a partner of Wallace Jr. and the team at Richmond.[More](4-18-2018)

STP returns to Richard Petty Motorsports at Bristol: It's back! The famed #43 will again carry the STP colors this weekend during Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Bubba Wallace-designed scheme will make its return to the track after a disappointing finish in the STP 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway earlier this year.[More](4-11-2018)

Darrell Wallace Jr. has embraced the challenge of his rookie season: Since a spectacular and celebrated runner-up finish in his season-opening Daytona 500 debut, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. says he's found a necessary balance between huge optimism and a big dose of confidence that comes with such a fantastic season start and the harsher reality of a steep, not unexpected rookie learning curve thereafter. Since his historic run at Daytona International Speedway last month, Wallace has had finishes of 32nd (at Atlanta), 21st (at Las Vegas) and 28th (at Phoenix) in the three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races afterward. [More](3-16-2018)

Farmer John joins Richard Petty Motorsports at Fontana: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) is pleased to announce Farmer John as its newest primary partner. Farmer John will be the primary sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr and the #43 RPM team at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. during the Auto Club 400 race weekend.[More](3-9-2018)

Click n' Close to sponsor Wallace at Phoenix: Click n' CloseTM, the Official Mortgage Provider of NASCARĀ® and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), will once again be the primary sponsor of the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. Click n' Close returns to the team for this Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz.[More](3-7-2018)

The Cosmopolitan on board with Wallace in Vegas: This weekend, the famed Richard Petty Motorsports #43 will carry new colors for one race. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be the primary sponsor of the team and driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr, boasting the luxury property's signature shade, a jewel-toned purple. The #43 Cosmopolitan Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will race in the Pennzoil 400 this Sunday, March 4 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. [More](2-28-2018)

Facebook Watch to take viewers behind the scenes of Bubba Wallace's run in the DAYTONA 500: A dramatic, runner-up finish in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 by the first full-time African-American driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1971 will be chronicled in the final two episodes of "Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace," the new docu-series on Facebook Watch. The final episodes in the original series will post at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22, and can be viewed by following the Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace show page. The first six episodes, which premiered last week, are available now on demand.[More](2-21-2018)

Smithfield to sponsor six races at Richard Petty Motorsports: The company will let its key grocery partners use the primary space.[More](2-20-2018)

E.E. Ward Moving & Storage to be associate sponsor on the #43 at Atlanta: Today, Richard Petty Motorsports is proud to announce E.E. Ward Moving & Storage as its "Official Mover." In addition, the Ohio-based company will be an associate sponsor of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the famed #43 car will sport a nostalgic E.E. Ward logo to celebrate Black History Month.[More](2-20-2018)

NASCAR Racing Experience to sponsor Bubba Wallace at Atlanta: Motorsports' leading fan driving experience partners - Driving 101, which operates NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience - announced today they will become the primary sponsor for the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr., for Richard Petty Motorsports at the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.[More](2-19-2018)

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. races to historical and emotional second-place finish in Daytona 500: Not two minutes after #43-Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. sat down in the Daytona International Speedway media center to field questions about his historic and dramatic runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, his mom Desiree came toward the podium and he stood up to embrace her. They hugged, they cried. It was both emotional and heart-warming to watch. "I am so proud of you,'' she told him.[More](2-18-2018)

Best friends Blaney and Wallace proving to be contenders at Daytona: Leading into this season-opening Daytona 500 race week, #12-Ryan Blaney's competitors noted what a good restrictor plate racer the 24-year had already shown himself to be. Thursday night in winning the opening Can-Am Duel on the Daytona International Speedway high banks he made them look smart - and himself look absolutely like a Daytona 500 favorite. He did it by beating a former Daytona 500 winner in his Team Penske teammate #22-Joey Logano and benefitting from a late race push from his best friend, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie #43-Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who finished an impressive third in his Duel debut.[More](2-16-2018)

Pioneer Technology Group returns to Richard Petty Motorsports: Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) today announced Pioneer Technology Group (PTG) will continue its relationship as a major associate sponsor of the #43 team and driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. The PTG logo will appear season-long on the rocker panel of the #43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and on the uniform of Wallace.[More](2-13-2018)

Darrell Wallace Jr. embraces new opportunity in the famed #43: New motor coach. Friends and family tickets to the Daytona 500. Lively media mixer at local go-kart track. Motivational call from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Check, check, check and CHECK. Darrell Wallace Jr. figures he's pretty set for his inaugural debut driving Richard Petty's #43 Chevy in NASCAR's biggest race, the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.[More](2-10-2018)

Air Force continues partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports for 2018: The Air Force begins its 18th year of sponsorship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, partnering with #43 Richard Petty Motorsports for a 10th consecutive season, sponsor two races, July at Daytona and Phoenix in November.[More](12-18-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports switching from Ford to Chevrolet, aligning with Childress: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team #43 Richard Petty Motorsports is closing in on announcing that it will switch manufacturers from Ford to Chevrolet starting in 2018, according to sources.[More](12-7-2017)

Rick Ware Racing to lease charter from Petty in 2018: Richard Petty cleared up rumors that it had sold it's prestigious NASCAR charter for the #43 car. He said neither of his charters had been sold but he is leasing out NASCAR's #1 charter to Rick Ware Racing. The team is using the charter tied to the #44 car on the #43 car in 2018. The explanation, he said, was with the way NASCAR allotted charters for each individual car owner.[More](12-7-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports Thanks Aric Almirola This weekend, Aric Almirola will make his final start for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Almirola has been the full-time driver of the #43 since 2012. He made five starts for the team prior to 2012. Almirola enters the Homestead-Miami Speedway with 243 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts. Of those, 213 have been with RPM. He has the most starts for the organization that started in 2009. The highlight of the tenure is Almirola's win in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. A storybook win, Almirola took the checkered 30 years after "The King" Richard Petty celebrated his 200th win at Daytona.(Richard Petty Motorsports)[Read More Here](11-16-2017)

STP to continue sponsorship of the #43: They will return as primary sponsor of Bubba Wallace for two races in 2018.[More](11-13-2017)

Air Force returns to the #43 at Phoenix: This Saturday is Veterans Day, and Richard Petty Motorsports is proud to have the United States Air Force as its primary partner throughout the weekend. The U.S. Air Force has been a supporter of RPM since its inception in 2009.[More](11-8-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports will not switch to Toyota: Richard 'The King' Petty may not know which manufacturer his team, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) will run in 2018 and beyond but Kickin' the Tires has confirmed it won't be a Toyota. David Wilson, President of Toyota Racing Development (TRD), put the kybosh on questions of whether the manufacturer was in negotiations with Petty.[More](11-3-2017)

Click n' Close partners with Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR: Click n' Close, a division of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., has entered into official partnership agreements with the sanctioning body, NASCAR, and one of the most iconic race teams in the sport, Richard Petty Motorsports. The collaborations designate Click n' Close as the "Official Mortgage Provider of NASCAR" in addition to becoming a partner of Richard Petty Motorsports. As part of the agreement with Richard Petty Motorsports, the Click n' Close brand will be featured as a primary sponsor of the #43 car driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. for at least three races, making its debut at the 2018 Daytona 500. The #43 Click n' Close car will also make appearances at Phoenix Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.[More](11-3-2017)

Driving 101 to combine racing experiences: Motorsports' leading fan driving experience partners - Driving 101, which operates NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience - announced today they will consolidate the organizations and their operations to deliver the ultimate on-track fan experience at racetracks around the country.[More](11-2-2017)

Smithfield and Richard Petty Motorsports resolve issues: Smithfield Foods said that the company has reached a resolution with Richard Petty Motorsports over the fallout from the pork conglomerate's planned move next season to Stewart-Haas Racing. Smithfield is now expected to stay on in some form with RPM next year in addition to its move to SHR.[More](10-31-2017)

Darrell Wallace Jr. 1st First Full-Time Black NASCAR Cup Series Driver Since 1971 On Wednesday, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Darrell Wallace Jr. (nicknamed Bubba), will be the full-time driver of their #43 car next season, with sponsorship / manufacturer / alliance announcements to be made at later date. Wallace Jr. will be just the 2nd known black driver in series history to drive a full schedule, joining Wendell Scott, who is also the only black driver with a win, top-5 or top-10 finish. Wallace Jr. came close to joining Scott with a top-10, finishing 11th at Kentucky in his final start relieving an injured Aric Almirola.(ESPN Stats)[Read More Here and See lots of Stats](10-28-2017)

Transcript: NASCAR Teleconference With Darrell Wallace Jr. And Richard Petty No word yet on sponsors or manufactuer for 2018; Wallace first full-time African American driver since 1971; three options for an alliance. Richard Petty Motorsports announced earlier today Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr. as the next driver of the #43, made famous by team co-owner, "The King," Richard Petty. Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and contend for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th.
Bubba, let's start with you. What does today's announcement mean for you?
DARRELL 'BUBBA' WALLACE JR.: It means a lot. No pressure on me at all, with the King sitting here right beside me watching every move that I make (laughter). But this is pretty special. I'm excited for the opportunity. I can't thank Richard enough and everybody at RPM for giving me this shot. Even going back to August when I was able to fill in for them for those four races and made the most of it there, I think I impressed Richard a little bit. He called me back. Well, he doesn't have a phone. He mailed me back (laughter). It's been a pretty fun journey these last couple months, just getting to know them a little bit more and more, better and better each and every day. Now we're here for the announcement and trying to make the most of it.(NASCAR)[See full Transcript HERE](10-26-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports Announces New Driver of Famed #43: Bubba Wallace In one of the organization's most anticipated moments in its history, Richard Petty Motorsports announced today Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. as the new driver of the #43 made famous by team co-owner, "The King" Richard Petty. Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500. Wallace, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is already one of the sport's most popular figures with an incredible record of success behind the wheel. A graduate of both NASCAR's Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs, Wallace has broken several barriers and records throughout his rise within the sport. Veteran and winning crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will continue to lead the #43 team in 2018 with Wallace. Petty believes that Wallace brings the current youth movement to RPM. Partners (sponsors and manufacturer) for Wallace and the #43 team for the 2018 season will be announced at a later date. (Richard Petty Motorsports)
Sports Business Journal Adam Stern tweeted that team president Brian Mofftt said the U.S. Air Force and STP will be sponsors on the car next year. STP was the primary sponsor for the spring Martinsville race and the Southern 500 this season and that the team has lined up a sponsor/sponsors for the team in 2018 that are new to the sport of #NASCAR. Not announcing today.[Read More Here](10-25-2017)

Grunt Style Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports in Multi-Year Deal Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced a multi-year associate partnership with Grunt Style. The Patriotic apparel line will debut on the #43 Ford this weekend in Chicago and will return to the car for Veteran's Day weekend in Phoenix. A company that provides apparel for customers who have pride in self, military and country makes Grunt Style a perfect fit with the Petty brand.(Richard Petty Motorsports)[Read More Here](9-16-2017)

Aric Almirola emerging as Danica Patrick's likely replacement Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne say they are not potential replacements for Danica Patrick, leaving Aric Almirola as the most likely driver to step into the Stewart-Haas Racing #10 car next season. With SHR needing sponsorship for Clint Bowyer (who is signed for 2018) and SHR's Busch still waiting to hear if Monster Energy will continue to back him, SHR has options as far as which driver to pair with Smithfield. The 33-year-old Almirola has spent the last six seasons at RPM, which announced Tuesday that he would not return to the organization next season.(ESPN)(9-13-2017)

Smithfield Foods Joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018 Smithfield Foods Inc., a global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, announced earlier today it will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018. Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.(Stewart-Haas Racing / True Speed Communication)
Statement by Richard Petty Regarding Loss of Sponsor "We have had numerous discussions with Smithfield Foods regarding the extension of our relationship dating as far back as February. Over the past few months, Smithfield had continually told me they wanted to be with us, and I recently shook hands on a deal to extend our relationship. I come from a time when we did major deals with sponsors like STP on a handshake. I'm sad to see this is where we are now. This decision is very unexpected, and we are extremely disappointed in this late and abrupt change of direction. Losing a sponsor of this magnitude in September is a significant set-back to Richard Petty Motorsports, but Andy (Murstein) and I are committed to moving forward with the #43 team. We have a lot of great partners who have expressed their continued support, and our fans will rally around the #43. We've been around since 1949, and we'll be around a lot longer."(Richard Petty Motorsports)
Smithfield Foods Statement; Kenneth M. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc. "We are extremely disappointed that Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) has chosen to disparage Smithfield - its lead sponsor - after five years and tens of millions of dollars of unwavering financial support, despite years of subpar performance on the track. RPM's claims of a 'handshake deal' to extend our sponsorship are unequivocally and patently false.".....[Read Much More Here](9-12-2017)

Smithfield expected to move to Stewart-Haas: After a handshake agreement between the sponsor and the King, RPM was informed that Smithfield will not return in 2018. Negotiations had been ongoing since February but talks cooled after the team proposed Darrell Wallace as the new driver for the #43 car.[More](9-10-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports has no plans to merge with another team: Officials from Richard Petty Motorsports, whose shop went up for lease last week, said Tuesday they have no plans to merge with another team while seeking a new home.[More](9-5-2017)

Smithfield Foods looks to return to Petty team; Bubba in the #43? Chevy? RCR? Smithfield Foods is working toward a return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Richard Petty Motorsports, according to sources. The Virginia-based company is in a contract year with RPM, and the company has been pursued by several competing teams. While a deal with RPM is not finalized, Smithfield is said to be in talks to return there. Smithfield has been linked with moves away from RPM, most notably with Stewart-Haas Racing's #10 Ford that is currently driven by Danica Patrick. The #43 Ford sponsored by Smithfield is driven by Aric Almirola, and the Cuban-American driver's contract is up after this year. RPM has said that it is working to find additional sponsorship for a full-season effort in the #44 car for Bubba Wallace, who drove the #43 four times earlier this season while Almirola was recovering from injury. Sources said that it is possible that Wallace could end up replacing Almirola in the #43.(Sport Business Daily)[Read More Here](8-23/27-2017)

Petty confident that Smithfield will return as sponsor Car owner Richard Petty told NBC Sports that he's confident that sponsor Smithfield will return to the team after this season and would like to have Darrell Wallace Jr. back if they have a place for him. Smithfield is in the final season of a three-year extension announced in January 2014. The executive who oversees the motorsports program recently left the company, but Petty said that won't impact the team's discussions with Smithfield. If Smithfield remains at the same level - the company has sponsored the #43 car in 15 of the first 18 points races this season - then the focus will be on RPM's second car.(NBC Sports)[Read More Here](7-13-2017)

Richard Petty Motorsports announced that NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will pilot the #43 Ford while Aric Almirola recovers from his injuries. Wallace brings five years of NASCAR experience in both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series and has been a member of the Ford Performance team since 2015. Wallace, a graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program and inaugural member of NASCAR Next, will make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway this weekend. Richard Petty Motorsports has partnered with Ford Performance and Roush Fenway Racing since 2010, and now are teaming up once again during Almirola's absence. Almirola, who suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway, is currently recovering from the injury which has a standard healing time of eight to 12 weeks.(Richard Petty Motorsports / Breaking Limits)
With Wallace's focus on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing will suspend efforts on the #6 NXS team after this weekend's event in Poco# Roush Fenway and Wallace will continue to evaluate additional potential opportunities for Wallace to run in NXS races. Wallace has driven for Roush Fenway in the NXS for the past two and a half seasons, scoring a career-high finish of second at Dover last spring.(Roush Fenway Racing)[Read More Here](6-5-2017)

Petty's Garage and Military AutoSource announce new Warrior Mustang: Petty's Garage, in partnership with Military AutoSource, a subsidiary of Overseas Military Sales Corporation, today announced a new Warrior edition Ford Mustang during an unveiling at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, hosted by "The King" Richard Petty. The one-of-a-kind, high performance Mustangs will be sold exclusively to the military community stationed on U.S. bases outside the United States.[More](5-26-2017)

Richard Petty to be inducted into NC Drag Racing Hall of Fame: Richard Petty, the "King of NASCAR" will be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday February 18, at the 15th Annual Shriners Hot Rod & Drag Racing Expo at the Greensboro Coliseum. Richard Petty drag raced his "Outlaw 43 Jr." Plymouth Barracuda all across the country from 1964 until 1966 after NASCAR banned the 426 Chrysler Hemi engine from major league stock car racing. In 1966 Petty resumed his NASCAR career as the engine was once again made legal. During his two-year stint of drag racing, Petty raced all across the country match racing against the likes of Sox & Martin and others. The restored car and Petty himself will both be at the Expo. In addition to Richard Petty, other 2017 inductees are Frank Teague of Hickory, Jean Howard of Polkton, and Terry Adams of Millers Creek. The Jeff Byrd Award will go to Thomas Pope, the sports editor at the Fayetteville Observer.(WLOS)(12-27-2016)

Richard Petty Motorsports and U.S. Air Force Partner for NASCAR Research: For the first time ever, Richard Petty Motorsports will partner with two U.S. Air Force Academy engineering students to conduct research and develop innovative new strategies during the summer portion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The students will use their background and Air Force training to take a fresh approach to NASCAR competition with a goal to improve performance on track for the #43 Ford, driven by Aric Almirola.
Cadet Sean McQuesten, a Mechanical Engineering student, will focus on the structural elements of the #43 Ford. He will have the chance to apply some of the same innovative modeling and software used on Air Force aircraft to optimize the #43 Ford.
Cadet William Ferrer brings both his Aeronautical Engineering and B-1 Bomber Crew Chief experience to the partnership. He's had the chance to work with the Air Force's high tech, supersonic capable, B-1 Bomber and understand how multiple engineering systems work together. He will be gathering data and conducting performance tests on the #43 car in a full-scale wind tunnel.
Richard Petty Motorsports and Almirola continue their commitment to winning and work diligently to continue the winning tradition of the Petty legacy. Richard Petty Motorsports features a world-class roster of Fortune 500 partners and their family demeanor, patriotism and commitment is a great fit for the Air Force. McQuesten will join the team for a one-month internship starting May 23, while Ferrer joins the team for a one-month internship starting June 5th. Both will join the team at-track throughout their experience.(RPM)(5-21-2016)

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