There has been some speculation for the past several weeks as to whether or not Bubba Wallace would return to drive the number 43 Richar Petty Motorsports car next season.

On September 9, Richard Petty Motorsports revealed that Wallace, born Darrell Wallace Jr, will be leaving RPM at the end of the 2020 racing season.

RPM released a statement saying, “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.”

The 26 year old Wallace has spent the past three seasons with RPM driving the iconic number 43 car. With nine races remaining in the season, Wallace has five top 10 finishes.

Wallace spoke on his decision saying, “this

was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43.  Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note.”

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