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Bubba Wallace not returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2021

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TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard “The King” Petty (R) stands with Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. A noose was found in the garage stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway a week after the organization banned the Confederate flag at its facilities. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Bubba Wallace will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the team confirmed on Thursday.

Wallace, 26, has informed the team of his decision not to return.

RPM released the followinng statement confirming the matter.

“Earlier this morning, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., informed Richard Petty Motorsports he will not be returning for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season. We will complete the season with Wallace behind the wheel of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We look forward to the next chapter in the making for the iconic No. 43 team. We will announce our new driver in the near future.”

Wallace’s contract with Richard Petty Motorsports expires on Aug. 8, after the series finale at Phoenix Raceway. Wallace has had discussions with other teams, including Chip Ganassi Racing, The Athletic states.

Wallace is the only black driver to compete in any NASCAR national series at a full-time level. He gained national attention by speaking out against police britality and social injustice, and found himself in the center of an FBI investigation regarding a garage door pull tied in the shape of a noose in his garage stall at Talladega.

Wallace has posted three top-5’s and nine top-10’s in 103 NASCAR Cup Series races. He has recorded six national series wins, all in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series.

The news of Wallace’s departure was first reported by by The Athletic.

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