I have been following the career of Darrell Wallace Jr. aka Bubba for a long time. Bubba belongs to a new generation of racing drivers who still have a successful future in the NASCAR circus ahead of them.
In the Gander Outdoor Truck series (former Camping World Truck series) he was able to achieve some great successes and also in the Xfinity series (former Nationwide series) he was often in the top places. In 2017 he drove his first race in the Monster Energy Cup Series (former Sprint Cup series) as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola.
In the meantime it was unclear whether Bubba would get a cockpit seat at all. However, when Aric Almirola announced that he would join Tony Stewart’s team (Stewart Haas Racing) in 2018, the news was announced that he would receive a full-time cockpit at Richard Petty Motorsports.
The 1/24 scale model of the Chevrolet Camaro shown here was produced by Lionel Racing. As usual at Lionel Racing, the windows, the interior and the chassis are made of plastic. The body is made of metal.
The front part of the model shows all details of the real car. The radiator grille with Chevrolet logo, the air intakes and the headlights are just decals like the real ride. The air intake for the V8 engine is located below the radiator grille.
The cockpit is, as already mentioned, completely made of plastic and equipped with steering wheel, driver’s seat, roll cage and other racing details. Here, too, the safety net is not missing – the net is made of fabric, which gives the vehicle an even more realistic look. However, in this case it is a bit too large.
The sponsor STP has been an integral part of NASCAR for many years. Therefore, this main sponsor can be found with logos and lettering on all body parts of the vehicle. The STP logo is very present on the bonnet. If you open the hood, you can take a look at the V8 engine.
The light blue roof is provided with the red starting number “43". In addition, the 1/24 scale models have movable roof flaps that prevent the vehicle from taking off uncontrolled during or after an accident.
In the rear window there are three round recesses which can be used to make changes to the suspension settings during a pit stop. If you look through the rear window, you will spot a serial number of the model vehicle manufacturer, that is lasered into the plastic.
Under the tailgate is the fuel tank, which is filled with a specially for racing developed, green colored 98 octane fuel from “Sunoco”. The rear lights are also only dummies - the exhaust tailpipes are located on the side in front of the rear “Good Year Eagle” tyres.
FunFact: In 2018 the most varieties of models were made of Bubba Wallace`s cars. Normally only big names like Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr. are entitled to this - is this probably due to the name of the team owner Richard Petty?