With Darrell “Bubba” Wallace set to driver the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Pocono Raceway, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the staggering statistics his car owner piled up while making the number one of the most iconic in NASCAR history.
Richard Petty drove the No. 43 to 192 of his record 200 victories in NASCAR’s top series.
Wallace will be making his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the car when he subs for the injured Aric Almirola in Sunday’s Pocono 400. Almirola continues to recover from a compression back fracture he suffered in a horrifying wreck at Kansas on May 13.
The numbers Petty compiled en route to his seven championships, which remains tied for most all time with the late Dale Earnhardt and current champ Jimmie Johnson, are mind-blowing.
Petty made 1,125 starts in the No. 43 across parts of five different decades. In addition to all the wins, he also posted 526 top-five and 676 top-10 finishes while winning 115 poles. READ MORE