CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Fenway Racing announced Monday that Xfinity Series competitor Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with Richard Petty Motorsports at Pocono Raceway. 

The team announced that while Wallace transitions from the No. 6 Xfinity team to the iconic No. 43 for RPM, that Roush Fenway will suspend of the No. 6 after this weekend's event at Pocono. 

Wallace will continue to serve as the driver of the No. 43 while Aric Almirola recovers from a fractured vertebra he suffered at Kansas Speedway in May. 

"We are very proud of Bubba and his development at Roush Fenway Racing," said team president Steve Newmark. "We believe that Bubba has tremendous potential and will continue to excel in NASCAR's top series.  He has been a great representative of our organization both on and off the track and we've enjoyed being part of his growth as a driver.  Our entire team is excited to see him take the next step in his career and make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the No. 43."

Roush Fenway officials said that Wallace and the team will continue to explore more driving options in the Xfinity Series. 

"The transition shows the strong collaboration we currently have in the Ford stable," added Newmark. "We believe this will be a great opportunity for both Bubba and RPM, and will continue to strengthen the overall Ford program."

Through 11 races, Wallace sits fourth in the Xfinity Series standings with a best finish of sixth, which he scored six times.