Darrell Wallace Jr., left, laughs with Richard Petty during news conference before NASCAR Cup series auto race qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 43 car for the organization beginning in 2018. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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.

Under an agreement announced Friday, Click n’ Close, a division of Texas-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.

 

Darrell Wallace Jr., left, laughs with Richard Petty during news conference before NASCAR Cup series auto race qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 43 car for the organization beginning in 2018. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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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