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Teams smell blood in the water, reportedly targeting one of NASCAR’s top young drivers Jerry Markland/Getty Images
during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 11, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Richard Petty Motorsports is in turmoil, with a major sponsor — Smithfield Foods — reportedly on the verge of moving to Stewart-Haas Racing, no building for next year, and an uncertain driver rotation.

And that situation may have gotten a little more uncertain. Darrell Wallace Jr., a RPM target widely assumed to be either joining the team in a second car or taking over the No. 43 currently driven by Aric Almirola, is reportedly now being pursued by other teams.

This isn’t the news RPM needs. True, even if Smithfield leaves — it has a long association, dating back to 2012, with  Almirola — there should be other sponsors who want to be associated with an all-time great and an up-and-coming driver who can held a product promote diversity in an effort to expand reach…

…unless Wallace decides to take another offer.

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