NASCAR: Bubba Wallace Shows Thanks to Richard Petty Motorsports During 2020 Season Finale

by Josh Lanier

Bubba Wallace thanked Richard Petty Motorsports with a special message on his bumper during Sunday’s race. He posted a photo of the decal on Twitter.

“Thanks RPM, Enjoyed the ride,” the bumper reads.

Wallace joined RPM in 2017. He’s bound for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s new 23XI, where he’ll drive the No. 23 car. Erik Jones will replace Wallace in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 car.

During his tenure at Richard Petty Motorsports, Wallace became the most well-known driver in NASCAR, despite never winning a Cup Series race, according to a recent survey from Morning Consult. Wallace, the only black Cup Series driver, used that celebrity to push the sport ahead. Earlier this year he asked NASCAR to ban the Confederate Flag from its racetracks and they did. He’s also championed social and racial justice initiatives in the wake of the killings of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and Breonna Traylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

Many of Wallace’s team are also leaving Richard Petty Motorsports. Spotter Freddie Kraft, a beloved member of the team, tweeted his goodbyes Sunday. It’s unclear if he’s following Wallace to 23XI.

“Really solid day to finish out our 3 years @RPMotorsports. From top to bottom it was a great place to work. Loved having JB on the box this year, he’s our favorite 106 year old,” Kraft tweeted. “Proud of @BubbaWallace. 2020 was a crazy year, he stood tall and rose about the hate! Onto ‘21.”

End of an Era as RPM, Bubba Wallace Part Ways

Many fans were sad to see the end of Wallace’s tenure at Richard Petty Motorsports.

Richard Petty Motorsports tweeted out their good to Bubba Wallace on Sunday and wished him well as he heads to 23XI.

It’s been a difficult year for Wallace, but Richard Petty Motorsports has stood by him.