Bubba Wallace Announces He Will Not Return To Richard Petty Motorsports

Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports are parting ways. Wallace has yet to announce where he will be racing in 2021, but it won't be with RPM, the team confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

"Earlier this morning, Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr., informed Richard Petty Motorsports he will not be returning for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season," Richard Petty Motorsports said in a statement. "We will complete the season with Wallace behind the wheel of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We look forward to the next chapter in the making for the iconic No. 43 team. We will announce our new driver in the near future." 

Wallace released a statement of his own on social media, thanking Petty for the opportunity. Wallace said earlier in the season that he had offers from RPM as well as Chip Ganassi Racing, another Chevrolet shop, for next season and beyond. With Kurt Busch locked into the No. 1 for next season with no plans of retiring, it is possible that Wallace could fill the No. 42 ride previously held by Kyle Larson.

Wallace, the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, was thrust into the national spotlight in June when a noose was found in his garage door at Talladega Superspeedway. An FBI investigation later found that a hate crime had not been committed since the noose had been in the garage stall since the NASCAR series visited the track last October.

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