Darrell Wallace Jr. finished second in his debut as the full-time driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Chevrolet, helped push the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon to victory and then had an emotional breakdown in his post-race interview.
What a night.
It wasn’t quite over when Wallace left Daytona International Speedway, though.
Hours later, after returning home to North Carolina, Wallace stopped by the old Dale Earnhardt Inc. shops and threw up the “3” sign for a photo.
It just felt right to stop by DEI on the way home… #3
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) February 19, 2018
His push helped Dillon land in Victory Lane on the 17-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death, and 20 years after “The Intimidator” won his lone Daytona 500.
There’s something special about Wallace Jr. motioning the “3” to honor both Dale and Dillon (and likely team owner Richard Childress, too) while wearing a Richard Petty Motorsports T-shirt.