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Petty has primary sponsor for Wallace’s full-time Cup debut

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports has a primary sponsor for the 2018 season debut of Darrell Wallace Jr. as the full-time driver in the iconic No. 43 car.

“Speed is a familiar concept to NASCAR’s powerful community of sponsors and fans, which is why we chose to launch Click n’ Close nationally by partnering with NASCAR and Richard Petty Motorsports,” said Jeff Bode, owner and CEO of Mid America Mortgage. “Click n’ Close is revolutionizing the way we service home buyers and homeowners, and we’re confident that the NASCAR community will appreciate how quickly and easily they can now secure a mortgage through Click n’ Close.”

Under an agreement announced Friday, Click n’ Close, a division of Addison-based Mid America Mortgage Inc., will be designated as the official mortgage provider of NASCAR. The company will also become a partner with Petty, serving as primary sponsor on the No. 43 car for at least three races — the season-opening Daytona 500, Phoenix and Texas.

Wallace Jr. will become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR’s top level since 1971.

The 24-year-old driver, more commonly referred to by his nickname of “Bubba,” became the first black driver to race at NASCAR’s top level since 2006 when he replaced an injured Aric Almirola for four races earlier this year.

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