Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

July 8, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Kentucky 400 Qualifying Report

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 07:  Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, stands in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2017 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Richard Petty Motorsports Kentucky 400 Qualifying Report
Kentucky Speedway

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, utilized a long practice session early to make race runs and get a good handle on the No. 43 Smithfield Ford. The team then focused on qualifying in final practice, which payed off. Wallace advanced to the second round with the 18th fastest time in the first round. The team made a small adjustment, and Wallace made an attempt in Round 2. He secured the 17th starting spot for Saturday night’s Kentucky 400.

Starting positions:
1: Kyle Busch
17: Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Wallace after qualifying at Kentucky:
“It was good. We kept gaining speed every time that we went out. We went out a little bit too late in the second round, and we didn’t have enough time to cool it down. I’m really pleased with the speed in our Smithfield Ford. It’s been fun to be on track here at Kentucky. We always run good here, and it’s showing.”

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.