Bubba Wallace Honored Richard Petty Just Days Before He Announced Team Departure

by Jacklyn Krol
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Bubba Wallace honored Richard Petty just days before he announced his departure from the company. The news came as a surprise to NASCAR fans and a

Bubba Wallace and His Race Car

Last week, Richard Petty Motorsports’ Twitter account revealed that Wallace was planning to honor the great Petty during NASCAR’s Throwback race at South Carolina’s Darlington Speedway. The theme of this year’s event was “NASCAR’s Champions: Past, Present, and Future.”

Wallace raced in Petty’s borrowed historic car that was used in the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR Cup in 1986. The racecar belonged to D.K. Ulrich and was on loan. Wallace’s sponsor CashApp added a bit of customization to the Camaro ZL1 1LE with the company’s logo and his No. 43.

See the photos and videos from the big day, below.

Bubba’s Departure From Richard Petty Motorsports

Wallace announced his shocking departure from RPM departure on Thursday (September 10). Wallace did not give a specific reason why he was leaving the company nor his new team.

“This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family,” Wallace wrote. He said that he believes that it is “time for someone else to take over the reins of No. 43.”

Wallace thanked his team and company and hopes to end the season on a “high note.” Wallace has nine more races left in his contract with Richard Petty Motorsports.

RPM has not made an official announcement regarding Wallace’s departure from their roster.

Richard Petty’s Iconic Race

Petty wrecked his iconic lime green car during the practice rounds of the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR Cup 36 years ago. Petty was loaned Ulrich’s No. 6 car to compete in the race.

“It wasn’t a good week for me,” Petty told the  Washington Post shortly after the incident. He revealed that he didn’t even remember going to the hospital.

“I said, ‘This is going to hurt.’ I don’t remember anything after that till I woke up in the hospital. Back then, no matter how bad you were hurt, you’d get back in the car and try to finish the thing up,” he concluded.