Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. has long been rumored to go to Richard Petty Motorsports. RPM wanted him so badly the team was even willing to dump Aric Almirola and put Wallace in the No. 43. (RPM released Almirola after the team lost its Smithfield Food sponsorship.)
Now, that’s up in the air.
A series of tweets from Adam Stern at the Sports Business Journal notes that Front Row Motorsports is also pursing Wallace, and they’ve emerged as a suitor for his services.
Front Row currently runs Landon Cassill in the No. 34 and David Ragan in the No. 38. There’s no word whether Front Row would try to add a third car or bump one of its current drivers.
Wallace himself has acknowledged that he doesn’t know what happening for 2018 — yet.
?I don?t know,? Wallace said, in remarks posted by MRN Auto Racing Network. ?Things with the 43 are still shaking out. That is in RPM?s hands right now. Obviously the news that came out the other day, they are pushing hard to fight through some things and I am supporting them. Nothing is set in stone. We are still trying to figure out what we need to do.?
And there’s a ton to figure out.
The team is in search of a new home after failing to renew its lease; doesn’t know who will drive its No. 43 and has no idea who will be its main sponsor.
This comes following a week in which RPM tore into Smithfield Foods, claiming it had a handshake agreement for continued sponsorship. Smithfield fired back, accusing RPM of lying about the supposed handshake agreement and criticizing the team’s performance.
No wonder things are uncertain.