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Bubba Wallace to leave Richard Petty Motorsports by end of 2020 season

Wallace tweeted he thinks it is "time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43."
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Bubba Wallace stands for the National Anthem before the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. — NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace announced in a tweet on Thursday that he will be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports by the end of the 2020 season. 

Wallace tweeted, "This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43. Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note.”

Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver, gained national attention this season by speaking out against racial injustice and police brutality. 

RPM says it will announce a new driver soon.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.