Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

June 9, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Pocono 400 Qualifying Report

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09:  Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Richard Petty Motorsports Pocono 400 Qualifying Report

Pocono Raceway


Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who is filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, made his first laps in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car today. He and the No. 43 Smithfield team worked on the Ford Fusion during the morning practice session to prepare for the afternoon’s qualifying. Wallace put up the 12th fastest time in the first round and advanced to Round 2 in qualifying. He posted the 16th best time in Round 2, securing a Top-20 starting spot in his first Monster Energy Series race.

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

Comments from Wallace after qualifying at Pocono:

“We picked up, but we should have picked up a lot more than what we did, but it’s a good starting spot. I don’t know what more I could ask for. It’s a great group of guys here. I see why Aric likes running this car because these guys are awesome. They’re a lot of fun to be around. They’re all pumped up to be here, and that’s good. It’s a good showing for our Smithfield Ford. Hopefully, RP likes it. ‘The King’ is over there smiling, I hope – maybe a little grin. A little fist bump like he gave me earlier would be good.”


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.