Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

June 30, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Coke Zero 400 Qualifying Report

Richard Petty Motorsports Coke Zero 400 Qualifying Report

Daytona International Speedway


After two practice sessions on Thursday, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, made his first laps on a superspeedway in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car. Feeling confident with the No. 43 Smithfield Ford in the draft, Wallace qualified the Fusion in the 31st position for the Coke Zero 400.


Starting positions:
1: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
31: Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., No. 43 Smithfield Ford


Comments from Wallace after qualifying at Daytona:

“I felt really good with our car in the draft in practice. Our cars are so close on speed by themselves, and you can work your way through the field here, so qualifying isn’t too important. I’m looking forward to keeping the fenders clean and missing the big one to be there and compete for a good finish at the end.”


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 will return to 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.