Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

June 16, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports FireKeeper Casino 400 Qualifying Report

Richard Petty Motorsports FireKeeper Casino 400 Qualifying Report

Michigan International Speedway


Filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. made his first laps in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Michigan International Speedway with a practice session Friday morning. The team worked on a loose condition and got the No. 43 Smithfield Ford ready for qualifying that afternoon. Wallace made two runs in qualifying and barely missed advancing to the second round. He will start 27th in Sunday’s FireKeeper Casino 400.

Starting positions:
1: Kyle Larson
27: Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Wallace after qualifying at Michigan:

“I was really loose, pretty much wrecking free in practice, and we didn’t get our second mock run in there due to the caution. We were shooting for the fences here and got too tight. We did a good job getting the loose out of it, but we overstepped it a little bit for our Smithfield Ford. Like I said earlier, I am used to the XFINITY schedule and keep forgetting we get to go back and work tomorrow and get more practice runs. It isn’t over with, but I would definitely love a better start than where we are. I feel the speed in our car is better than we showcased. I will try to keep my head up. We will work hard and get after it tomorrow.”


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.