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STP and Richard Petty back together for a 47th season

Kansas Speedway - STP 400 Practice

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 20: A detail of the #43 STP Dodge which was driven by Richard Petty is seen during practice for the NASACAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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One of NASCAR’s most legendary sponsors will return to one of the sport’s most legendary team owners for the 47th consecutive season.

STP announced Monday that it will return as a primary sponsor of the No. 43 Ford Fusion for two races in 2018 with Richard Petty Motorsports.

“They’ve been with Richard Petty since 1972,” Bubba Wallace, who will drive the No. 43 next season, said on the NASCAR On NBC podcast with Nate Ryan. “That’s a long time and it’s such a special, unique bond they have.”

Which two races STP will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 43 have not been revealed, but Wallace believes at least one of those races will be at Martinsville, while the other may potentially be the throwback race at Darlington.

The renewal by STP is the second sponsorship announcement by RPM in just over a week. At Texas, the company announced a partnership with mortgage company “Click N’ Close”, which is making its first foray into NASCAR racing. The company will sponsor RPM cars in at least three races next year.

Wallace said on the podcast that he’s looking forward to starting with the team, particularly getting to know team owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty better.

“What you see at the racetrack is what you see away from the racetrack, and I think that’s really special because that’s the way I try to carry myself,” Wallace said of Petty. “I’m really looking forward to next year, being around him.”