Bubba Wallace to compete in Xfinity race at Chicagoland
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Bubba Wallace is returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Thursday in conjunction with Biagi DenBeste Racing that Wallace will drive the No. 98 Ford Mustang at Chicagoland Speedway later this month.
Wallace will carry sponsorship from Nickelodeon Slime. Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will again sponsor this year's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Here's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Green Slim car that @BubbaWallace will drive @ChicagolndSpdwy Turtle Power @BiagiDenBeste pic.twitter.com/yPpxqw3QWD— Doug Rice (@Riceman61) September 7, 2017
The 23-year-old will make his first start in the Xfinity Series since Roush Fenway shut down the No. 6 team due to a lack of sponsorship. Since parting with RFR, Wallace has made four starts with RPM in the Cup Series in the No. 43 subbing for Aric Almirola. He also won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in August.
"It's been going in a lot of different directions," Wallace said. "But it's taught me a lot. Not only about myself but about the sport and how to go about it, carry the right attitude through whichever way you're being pulled.
"We've been able to make the most of every opportunity this year. We were capitalizing in the XFINITY Series before it shut down; we were fourth in points and having some really good runs. I felt like we were knocking on the door for our first win."