Bubba Wallace Takes the Track as NASCAR’s First Black Driver in a Decade

NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 - Practice

On Sunday, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will take the track at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  When he does, he will be the first African-American driver to do so in over a decade.

The 23-year-old Wallace will replace the injured Aric Almirola in the iconic Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car.

“I’m incredibly grateful that Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports and [sponsor] Smithfield have the confidence in me to help fill the seat until Aric fully recovers, which is the most important piece of this,” Wallace said in a news release. “Moving up to the Monster Energy Series is a tremendous challenge, but I am ready to represent this organization, help the 43 team get the best results possible and prove that I belong at this level.”

Wallace has six top-five finishes in 83 starts in the Xfinity Series to go along with five wins in 44 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Tune in at 3pm EST to watch Bubba race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono.

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