About Bubba

Who is, Bubba Wallace?

Bubba wakes up confident. He was probably born that way. It’s earned from natural skill at whatever he chases and an omnipresent desire to compete – with every one as well as himself. No matter the quest in front of him, he knows he can win. His confidence doesn’t mean he isn’t humble enough to respect a new challenge before he attempts it. Especially if he finds something to give him that extra edge in whatever pursuit he’s after, trivial or important. Never satisfied with the status quo, he relentlessly looks to improve – new golf clubs to help his swing, new kicks to improve his outfit or new accessories to shoot better videos. Being first to adapt keeps him at the top.
It also puts him in control, a place where he’s comfortable.
The sounds that guides him throughout his journey, are not what you’d expect. Just as he moves heavy metal around on the track on Sundays, the sounds of heavy metal move him seven days a week. With drumsticks in his hands or his hands in the air at a show, music motivates bubba wherever he is.
The resilience and relentlessness he approaches each day with was born from growing up “different”. Its a word that is often tossed around when people talk about him, but it’s also a word that he’s owned from Day 1. While he didn’t seek out to be different, he embraces who he is with pride and poise. And if you think the only thing different is the color of his skin, you’re not even scratching the surface.

Bubba Wallace is looking to make history, again, and in order to do that he has come to Chevrolet and Richard Petty Motorsports.

RPM made history when Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. competed in four races in the summer.  Wallace finished 11th at the Kentucky Speedway in his final start. The introduction to Wallace led the organization to hire him.  The announcement was made on October 25.

Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500.

Moving into the 2018 season, RPM continues to gain momentum as they prepare for the 2018 season opener in Daytona.

Bubba Wallace: Level Up

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Early Career

Wallace’s racing career began in 2004 when he began competing in Jr. Sportsman Champ Karts. He finished his first season second overall in points at the Carolina Asphalt Racing Winter Series. He moved to Bandoleros in 2005 and won an amazing 35 of the 48 races and posted 40 top-five finishes. He became the first driver to win five races in a single week. In addition, he competed against much older competition in the Outlaw Division and won all but one race in 2005.

Wallace moved up to Legends in 2006 and completed a phenomenal rookie season with 11 wins, 27 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in 38 total starts. He started racing Late Models in 2007, competing in the final five races of the UARA Touring series.

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Wallace and his family moved to North Carolina for his father’s work when he was just two years old. His interest in racing began by chance at the age of nine when his father purchased a motorcycle and took it in to a shop to have improvements made on it. The gentleman at the shop invited the Wallace’s out to a go-kart race and when Darrell, Sr. asked Darrell, Jr. if he’d like to give it a shot, he responded yes and was quickly hooked.

Wallace also played basketball, but is now fully focused on his racing career. He has become an accomplished photographer and frequently displays his talents through his twitter and instagram accounts. He also enjoys paintball and playing video games. He currently reside in Huntersville, NC.

2011 Achievements

In his 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut, Wallace proved once again why Joe Gibbs Racing took such a strong interest in him before he even had his legal driver’s license. Wallace made only four starts in the Nationwide Series during the 2012 season, but left each with astounding results that included three top-10 finishes and his first-career pole position. His debut took place in May at Iowa Speedway and he certainly showed no signs of nerves as he qualified eighth and finished ninth. He returned for a second go at Iowa in August and was even more impressive by starting on the outside pole and racing to a seventh-place finish. A few weeks later in Richmond, Wallace was strong once again and battled inside the top five until late in the race when hard racing caused contact that forced him to hang on over the final laps. Despite the setback he still managed to earn a 10th-place finish. In his final race of the season, Wallace was amazing once again. He earned his first-career pole and was set to earn yet another top-10 finish, but contact from behind on the final restart nearly took him out of the race. He pulled out an amazing save to earn a solid 12th-place finish in his first NNS race at Dover International Speedway.

Making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2013, Darrell Wallace, Jr. made his mark on the series and added his name to the record books as he became just the fourth African American to race a full season in one of NASCAR’s elite series. Proving that he is the accomplished racer he is, Wallace made his first start in the series at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 12th in the season opener. Wallace followed the season opener with a fifth-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on his way to completing the 2013 season with one win, one pole award, five top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes and led a total of 340 laps.

Two significant moments for Wallace’s career included his pole award at Dover International Speedway and his first-career win in one of NASCAR’s National Series at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace secured the pole at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2013 to become the youngest winner of the “21 Means 21” award. After starting from the pole, his fourth consecutive at the track in various levels of competition, Wallace led a total of 119 laps before finishing the race 10th.

Closing in on the end of the season, Wallace made history when he won the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2013. Starting the race third, Wallace led a total of 96 laps, including the final 50, to win the race and become the first African American to win a NASCAR race on the national level in nearly 50 year.

Wallace ended the season eighth in the final NCWTS Driver Point Standings and second in the NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year Point Standings.

Wallace competed full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012. During the season, he earned one win, one pole, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts. Struggling to match his success of his previous two seasons, Wallace closed out the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East seventh in the point standings.

Prior to 2012, Wallace spent two years racing for Revolution Racing as part of the NASCAR Diversity Program. He made history when in the first race of the 2010 season he became the NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ youngest and first African American to win a race at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway. His second win of the season came later in the season at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. Wallace captured the K&N Pro Series East 2010 Rookie of the Year honors with two wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in the short 10-race season. He finished third in the point standings. In 2011, Wallace put together another impressive campaign with three wins, three poles, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He finished the 2011 season second in the point standings.

Making a name for himself and garnering Rookie of the Year honors in a Series was nothing new for Wallace as he worked his way up through the ranks. In addition to his NASCAR K&N Series success, Wallace also won the 2008 Rookie of the Year title in the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) Series and finished sixth overall in the point standings that year. That same season, he became the youngest driver to ever win a race at Franklin County (Va.) Speedway, his first victory in Late Models. He returned to racing Late Models in 2009 and went on to win three races and earn 11 top-five finishes in 23 Late Model starts, nine of which were part of the UARA season.

Year By Year

Won 35 of 48 Bandoleros races entered

Registered 11 wins and 34 top 10s in 38 Legends starts

Three wins and 11 top fives in 23 Late Model races

Signed as Joe Gibbs Racing development driver

Became a Member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program

Youngest winner, and first African American, to win in K&N Series history

Won his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Rookie of the Year in 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Appeared in BET TV show “Changing Lanes”

Became a Member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program

Youngest winner, and first African American, to win in K&N Series history

Won his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Rookie of the Year in 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East

Appeared in BET TV show “Changing Lanes”

Member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program

Member of NASCAR’s “Next 9” class

One of five young drivers to watch in ESPN the Magazine’s special NEXT issue

Six wins, three poles in first 24 NASCAR K&N Series races

Member of NASCAR’s “Next 9” class

Three top-10 finishes and one pole in four career NASCAR Nationwide Series races

Finished eighth in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season point standings

Became first African-American to win a national touring NASCAR race since 1963 with win at Martinsville in November

2013 Events

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2013 Achievements

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