Richard Petty Tag

By David Morgan, Associate Editor Richard Petty Motorsports will be looking for a new driver for its famous No. 43 car in 2021 after Bubba Wallace announced that he will be leaving the team when the current season comes to a close. In a Thursday morning social media post, Wallace announced his departure, expressing his thanks and respect to seven-time champion Richard Petty and the team that bears his name for taking a chance on him by putting him in their car back in 2017 to start his NASCAR Cup SeriesRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor After an emotional 24 hours, Bubba Wallace was all smiles after climbing out of his Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet at the conclusion of Monday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Not even the heinous act of an unknown person or persons placing a noose in Wallace’s garage stall late Sunday, which shook the sport to its core and made waves far and wide across the sports landscape, could deter Wallace from the path he has been on as of late. Instead of being a deterrent, Sunday’s discoveryRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is far from the biggest story. NASCAR issued a disturbing statement Sunday night regarding what was found from Bubba Wallace’s garage stall: “Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them fromRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 44 Years in Cup: 19 Career Wins: 83 Accomplishments: Seven Cup Series championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) One last ride. After announcing over the offseason that the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season would be his last, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are gearing up to send the greatest driver of his generation off withRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — Throughout the 71-year history of NASCAR competition, there hasn’t been a father-and-son combination that’s raced at least once together in all three national touring series. That’ll change in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as father Joe and son John Hunter Nemechek, who’s making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut, will have a landmark opportunity to race in Cup for the first time. The last time a Cup race had a father-son duo was the 2005 fall Atlanta raceRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor When looking back at all the memorable moments Darlington Raceway has produced, all of them aren’t confined to just the Southern 500. Back when the track held two events each year, the spring race produced just as many memorable moments of its own. The CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 in April 1979 was one of those events. Richard Petty, driving his famous No. 43 STP car, and Darrell Waltrip, who then drove the No. 88 Gatorade machine for DiGard Racing, staged a battle for the agesRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor We all know how dominant Petty Enterprises was in its heyday, as the organization captured 250+ wins over the course of its lifespan with Richard Petty, Lee Petty, and a handful of others behind the wheel, but after Petty’s final win in 1984, trips to Victory Lane would become a much rarer sight. Only three other times after that would a Petty Enterprises No. 43 car take the checkered flag and in April 1999, John Andretti would be the last driver to deliver a win forRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor NASCAR and the motorsports world in general has lost a legend as David Pearson passed away Monday at the age of 83. The Spartanburg, South Carolina native, nicknamed the “Silver Fox”, first entered the sport in 1960 and though he never ran a full-time season during his time in NASCAR’s Premier Series, he still claimed 105 wins in 574 starts. Pearson is mostly associated with the Wood Brothers Racing team, who he drove for between 1972 and 1979, but he also climbed behind the wheel forRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. has one of the more high-pressured rides to compete in for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Those expectations in part, come from Wallace’s talent behind the wheel, and Richard Petty’s legacy in the No. 43. Many have high expectations for the driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. However, the likelihood of Wallace, or any driver reaching the win total of the team’s namesake, co-owner, and driver that made that number famous is incredibly small with today’sRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. and team owner Richard Petty share a unique bond, having won on dirt tracks. Wallace is one of six drivers to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway, and Petty was the last driver to win on dirt in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1970 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. Last week, Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Premier Series Champion, and the owner of Eldora Speedway raised the prospectRead More