Richard Petty Motorsports
Chicago 300 Race Report
Chicago 300 Race Results:
1: Justin Allgaier
10: Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., No. 98 Nickelodeon Slime Ford
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. came out strong in his first race with the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Racing team. After qualifying the Nickelodeon Slime Ford 16th, Wallace consistently kept the car in the Top 15 during Stage One. He was 14th as a caution brought out the end of Stage One, and Wallace looked for some changes to help with overall lack of grip and tight handling. Crew Chief Jon Hanson called for four tires, fuel, air pressure and wedge adjustments for the team’s first pit stop.
Wallace restarted from the 12th position and kept the No. 98 in the Top 15 for most of Stage Two. Finishing the Stage 15th, Wallace again looked for help with grip. The team pitted for four tires, fuel, and additional adjustments. Wallace had minor damage to the left rear of his car from contact, so Hanson called for the crew to take their time with the stop to fix the damage.
The No. 98 Nickelodeon Slime Ford restarted 17th to start Stage Three, and after running in the Top 20 for 33 laps, Hanson called for an unscheduled Green Flag pit stop to try a different fuel strategy. Wallace came off pit road in the 18th position and quickly made his way up to 14th when a Lap 151 caution saw Wallace in the Lucky Dog position. The team again pit for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments, and restarted 13th on Lap 154. Wallace raced in the Top 15 until another caution came on Lap 181. As the team pit for four tires, one of the tire studs was pushed back into wheel causing a long pit stop. Wallace restarted 14th and was in the seventh position when Ryan Reed spun and made contact with Wallace. The damage was minor, and after the restart, Wallace was able to keep the No. 98 Nickelodeon Ford in the Top 10, finishing 10th.
“I was really happy with our 10th place finish today,” said Wallace. “We ran in the Top 15 for most of the day and were able to finish in the Top 10. Jon made some good calls on pit road to help us out with strategy. It was really fun working with this team and these guys. Overall we had a good weekend and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to run here for this team.”
About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola wheels the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.