Roush Fenway Racing has signed Darrell “Bubba” Wallace for 2015.
The talented up-and-coming NASCAR driver moves into the XFINITY Series after spending the last couple years in the Camping World Truck Series, and after he was released from his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.
He’ll now join a four-car lineup with Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed and new recruit Elliott Sadler. No mention was made of this being a full season, although that will be the goal.
Wallace will be in Trevor Bayne’s No. 6 car, with sponsorship and further crew personnel to be announced at a later date.
“I’ve had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have,” Wallace said, via NASCAR.com. “When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest (XFINITY) team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team’s legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers.”
It’s a good move for both Wallace and RFR going forward, looking longer-term.
Many consider Wallace one of NASCAR’s top prospects, and with Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. both unproven over a full-time Cup season, and Greg Biffle failing to post a significant championship challenge in recent years, RFR needs a potential star in its base.
It remains to be seen whether Wallace will make any Cup starts this upcoming season. But his ETA at the Cup level is probably sooner now with RFR than with JGR, given JGR’s current Cup lineup of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and new recruit Carl Edwards.