August 23, 2016 Preparations Are Underway For Chicagoland Speedway Mooresville, NC

Mooresville, NC – Preparations are underway for the upcoming ARCA Racing Series Scott 150 on September 15th.  This will be Dylan’s third ARCA race this season and he’s excited to run the 1.5 mile track in Joliet, IL.  This is the last ARCA race on the schedule for 2016 for Dylan. Empire Racing Group is putting a lot into this race.  They’re building a brand new ARCA car with a composite body and Dylan will be the first driver to drive the new car.  Here’s a sneak peek of the new body…..  
The team is anxious to see what this hot rod can do on the 1.5 mile track.  We’ll share the finished product when it’s ready to hit the track.  She will have some new partners on board and we’re excited to share that news in the very near future.
Make plans to either join us at the track or watch the race LIVE on Fox Sports 1 September 14. A lot of racing, a lot of fun and Dylan is ready to make this happen.

Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a driver-development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with driver Sean Corr (team owner), the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various Late Model series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, Empire Racing Group will be serving as a developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, as well as public relations and marketing needs. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at Caraway Speedway. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Thad Moffitt, and Dylan Martin, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr.


To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit

Thad Moffitt, Grandson of Richard Petty, Wins First Stock Car Event

Thad winning Anderson


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 15, 2016) – Thad Moffitt, the 15-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, won his first stock car event Saturday night at the Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway.  Moffitt took the pole and then the checkered during Saturday night’s Southeast Limited Late Model Daytona 1 Challenger Series race. In partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Empire Racing Group (ERG) is entering Moffitt in the Southeast Limited Late Model Challenger Series in 2016.  It is the first year of the partnership and Moffitt is now leading the series championship after Saturday night’s win.  Moffitt is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt.  He has previous experience racing quarter midgets and in karting at Ace Speedway. Moffitt won the race in the famous family color, Petty Blue.  Moffitt races the No. 46 to continue the Petty family tradition started by his great grandfather Lee racing the No. 42.  The team is supported by Jacob Construction, Design, and Technology, Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch.

“I wasn’t there, but I have heard all about it,” said Richard Petty.  “Thad has been doing a good job all year of learning the cars and getting better and better. Everything lined up for him on Saturday and he won.  I enjoy anything my grand kids are doing.  I’m just like anyone else, I’m a proud granddaddy.”



“This has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, too,” said Moffitt. “I can’t do this without my team and our great supporters that help me.  Nobody has given me any added pressure, it’s been all on myself. Saturday, things just went our way.  I’m getting more experience and this will help my confidence.  I have a great car and crew, so hopefully we can get more wins and a championship.”

Moffitt will next compete on the Southeast Limited Late Model Challenger Series on September 24.

About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the “Fresh From Florida” campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports will also field the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.


About Empire Racing Group Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a driver-development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr (team owner) and Mason Mitchell, the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various Late Model series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, the team will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at Caraway Speedway. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit



Empire Racing Group Ready to Move On from Eldora Disappointment

Truck #43 #82

ROSSBURG, OHIO – The amount of time and effort that goes into preparing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is undeniable. For Empire Racing Group, not making the feature event at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night left them disappointed, but they understand that’s just racing.With two trucks fielded by the Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team, the team went to the Aspen Dental Eldora Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with high hopes of placing both trucks into the race. After a tough Tuesday evening in practice sessions, they knew their trucks would not be pretty for Wednesday’s event, but they would still be fast. Their long hours of putting blood, sweat and tears into getting each truck ready for the event had to pay off somehow.The No. 82 NESCO Chevrolet driven by Sean Corr initially qualified in the 35th position on Wednesday after suffering damage on Tuesday night. Corr wasn’t going to give up without a fight. Starting last in the final qualifying race, Corr was able to race up to the sixth position. Unable to move on to the feature race from there, he knew there was still work to be done. Starting fifth in the Last Chance Qualifier race, Corr rallied to the second position, ready to transfer to the feature race. It wasn’t until he spun halfway through his battle and the caution did not come out, that he was relegated to the ninth position. The No. 43 Petty’s Garage/Tilted Kilt Ford F-150 driven by Korbin Forrister unfortunately suffered a similar fate by the end of the day. Qualifying began what looked to be a hopeful evening at the half-mile dirt track, when Forrister qualified in the 17th position. Forrister started fourth in the third qualifying race, but finished the race in the seventh position. In the Last Chance Qualifier race, Forrister rallied from seventh to fifth, needing just a few more spots to lock him into the event. While both trucks showed the speed necessary to make it into the feature event, unfortunate circumstances and a lack of points due to not running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series barred them from making the event.


Neither driver, nor the team, is prepared to give up. Wednesday night proved to be a struggle, but that’s what racing is all about. Stay tuned for updates on where you’ll catch the Empire Racing Group hitting the track next!


Dylan Martin To Drive In His Second ARCA Start





Moorseville, NC – Dylan Martin heads to Indianapolis. Dylan will be racing on the flat track of Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly known as IRP) in his Blackwater Integration/Empire Racing Group/Grumpy’s Inc Ford Mustang in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive. This will be Dylan’s second start in the ARCA series.  His first was at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in April.  The caution flags didn’t fly to his advantage in that race and tires proved to be a key.  Dylan is anxious to improve on his finishing spot in Friday’s race at LOR.  Dylan has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series at various tracks (Hickory Motor Speedway, Caraway Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway) and has gained insight and experience with driving these heavier cars, unlike the Super Late Models he had been driving in Florida.  Dylan said, “I am excited to get back in the driver’s seat of the #48.  Our team has worked hard to get the car ready for Friday night’s race.  I have learned a lot these last few months and I hope I can show that on the racetrack Friday night and bring home a good finish for the team.” There will be an ARCA driver autograph session on Friday at 6:30pm at LOR.  Dylan is anxious to meet the fans, sign autographs and hand out his custom coloring books to the kids.  While driving is a priority for Dylan, so are his fans.  Dylan appreciates their support and knows that without them, the sport of racing wouldn’t exist.  So come out to LOR, meet Dylan and support ARCA racing. As this week of racing starts on Wednesday with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hitting the dirt at Eldora Speedway where Empire Racing Group/Grumpy’s Inc fields 2 trucks, #82 driven by one of ERG’s owners, Sean Corr and in partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports the #43 truck will be piloted by Korbin Forrister, Dylan Martin finds himself crewing at a track he once raced at as a youngster in his USAC Quarter Midget. In the past we would have to set our VCRs to capture our favorite race when we couldn’t attend them, now we just program our DVRs from our smartphones anywhere. While things have certainly changed around us over the years, other things have remained constant. Dylan may not be racing his USAC quarter midget in the parking lot of IMS in Indianapolis, instead he will be racing in the ERG’s Ford Mustang in the ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Program your DVRs to capture the ARCA race Friday night on Fox Sports 1 at 9pm and don’t miss Dylan’s second ARCA race of the season.

Forrister to Focus on Consistency as He Takes on Eldora

Korbin Forrister
Korbin Forrister

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Korbin Forrister looks to use his dirt racing talents to drive the Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team No. 43 Tilted Kilt/The Center for Advanced Rehab at Parkside Ford F-150 to victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 20. Sliding on dirt tracks comes naturally to Forrister, an experienced dirt racer who began racing at age 15, racking up over 100 starts in Limited Late Model, Crate Late Model and Sportsman division races. Forrister has accumulated dozens of starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and ARCA Racing Series combined, as he continues to build his racing career through the ranks.In two previous starts at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Forrister has two top-25 finishes and hopes to improve in his third start on the half-mile dirt oval located in Rossburg, Ohio. 

“Having a background in racing on dirt gives you a feel for the track and the fundamentals of dirt racing,” Forrister said. “I’ve raced the truck race at Eldora Speedway the past two years and now I can take what I’ve learned to put it all together for this year.” 

This year, Forrister hopes to maintain good track position and remain consistent over the race, “Last year we were hit-or-miss. We started well, the middle wasn’t great, but we finished decent. This year I want to be more consistent every lap and try to improve over the course of the race to get a good finish for the team.” 

Making his first start with Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Forrister’s years of experience on dirt tracks will bring a unique advantage to the Richard Petty Motorsports Development team. Forrister added, “We put this deal together about one-and-a-half to two weeks ago and everyone at Empire Racing Group has been thrashing to get this truck put together. We’ve got a good piece to go get a good finish at Eldora. This is a really great group of guys and I’m really thankful to have the opportunity to be with them.”Wednesday night’s race will be only the second start of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for the No. 43 truck, bringing a heightened level of excitement for the Empire Racing Group and Richard Petty Motorsports teams. The iconic No. 43 piloted by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty now extends its legacy into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, allowing young drivers to carry the famed number as they race alongside some of the biggest names in motorsports.With only a couple of weeks of preparation time for Wednesday’s race, Forrister thanks the sponsors who have come on board and the team for their hard work. “They’re what made this possible. I’m not racing a full season this year, so I’m fortunate for every race I can get the opportunity to be in.” 

The No. 43 Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team Ford F-150 hits the track on Wednesday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN.

Dylan Martin Drove A Great Race At Lucas Oil Raceway

Brownsburg, IL – Dylan Martin and the Empire Racing Group pulled into Brownburg, IN with an expectation of a great race. Although the imagefinishing position wasn’t what they were hoping for, Dylan and the team had a great race. Dylan didn’t practice at Lucas Oil Raceway before Friday, July 22nd, the day of the race. ARCA had 2 practice session slated for the drivers that afternoon before qualifying. The feels-like temperature was a steamy 105 in the heat of the day. Because LOR is such a flat track with little banking, the officials and fans wouldn’t be able to see the track during race time so the haulers weren’t able to park in the pits. This left the teams without a place to get out of the heat, but that didn’t stop them from giving 100% all day. Grumpy Cheek, crew chief, engineered the car with his knowledge of the racetrack and set the car up to Dylan’s driving style. After the first practice session, Dylan said the car wouldn’t turn in the corners. The crew made some imageadjustment and he went back out. Dylan said it was better but it would chatter up the track when he got on the throttle. For the second practice session the crew changed the sway bar and bolted on sticker tires to give Dylan the best mock qualifying run possible. At one point in the second practice session, Dylan was on the speed charts in 8th position. Dylan was happy with the car and its set up and he was anxious to see where he could put the car come qualifying time. Dylan would be the 12th car to qualify. When Dylan took the checkered for qualifying he was sitting 2nd on the speed chart. Dylan and the team would have to wait until all 33 cars qualified before they’d know where Dylan would be starting in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive. Dylan found himself starting in 11th position. It was an incredible team effort and starting 11th was a great result from everyone’s hard work.

Fox Sports 1 would go live with race coverage starting at 9pm EDT. This would give Dylan’s family, friends and fans a chance to watch Dylan race in his second ARCA race of the season. After an autograph session with the fans at the track, where Dylan got a chance to meet fans and take photos and after driver introductions, the green flag would drop on Dylan’s second ARCA race. The anticipation was palpable both at the track and around the country. Dylan had fans watching from Arkansas, Mississippi, Ohio, West Virginia to Florida. Dylan received good luck wishes from all over the country and each was treasured and appreciated. With their support and well wishes, Dylan was ready to strap in, tighten his belts and put his #48 Blackwater Integration/Empire Racing Group/Grumpys Performances Inc Ford Fusion on the track for 200 laps of door-to-door racing.

The cars lined up on the starting grid and the command to start their engines was given. Dylan was getting ready to run 200 laps at Lucas Oil Raceway. Lap 15 and Dylan is running mid pack while learning the track. Shortly after lap 60 there was a caution and Dylan came in the pits to take right side tires only. Dylan came on the radio and thanked his crew for giving him a fast car. After avoiding a spinning car in turn 2, Dylan was running in 12th position. Under caution Dylan’s crewman, Wesley Gonder, spots a left rear going down and they bring him in to bolt on 4 fresh General Tires. This was earlier than crew chief, Grumpy Cheek wanted, but with the flat tire the pit imagestrategy would have to change. Dylan would be restarting towards the rear and would need to work his way thru lap traffic. By lap 118 Dylan had done just that and was running in 12th again. A car running in front of Dylan lays down oil on the track and the #55 goes spinning into turn 1. Dylan gets in the oil and goes spinning towards the wall in turn 1. Dylan was able to keep the car off the wall and was about to refire when the #2 car also became victim of the fluid and t-bones Dylan in his driver’s door. Another car then hits Dylan head on. Grump Cheek radios to Dylan to make sure his driver is okay. It was a hard impact to Dylan’s driver’s door and head on. After collecting himself, Dylan radioed that he was okay and asked his spotter, Tony Micale, to let him know when he was clear to back up and bring the car to the pits. There were several imagecars collected in the fluid. The race was red flagged so clean up could be completed and so the medical team could ensure all the drivers were okay. Everyone on the Empire Racing team was hopeful that the car could be repaired and get it back out on the track for the last laps of the race. The team had given Dylan a solid car and everyone wanted to see him finish the race in a deserving position. But the damage was too extensive and the car was done for the night. Dylan would finish in 23rd position. But the team, crew chief and driver all had different thoughts of the night. Dylan had driven a great race. The team had given him a solid car and Grumpy said he was proud of Dylan. The finish was not indicative of the team’s results.

Dylan was very thankful for all the texts messages, tweets and phone calls making sure he was okay after the wreck. With so many watching live on Fox Sports 1, many were concerned for Dylan’s safety. The car and safety equipment did their job and Dylan was able to walk away from a mangled car with no injuries. It was a good night.

Sean Corr racing for hometown crowd at Pocono

image“I haven’t run Pocono in a few years…that’s my home track,” Corr said. “I have a lot of family that come out for this one. My aunts and uncles, they all come out. Pocono is convenient for them because of the timing. It’s easy for them to come out after work. For my family and friends, it’s right in our backyard, pretty much.”

Driving the No. 48 Nesco/Empire Racing Group Ford Fusion, Corr is making his third start in the ARCA Racing Series in 2016. Having raced atimage Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway so far this season, the ModSpace 150 at Pocono will bring on a new challenge for Empire Racing Group.

In his most recent ARCA start, Corr brought his car home in the fifth position at Talladega. While he remains confident, he understands that Pocono requires a completely different racing technique from the two high-banked tracks he has raced on this year. The unique 2.5-mile three-turn triangle creates unique challenges for drivers and teams.

“Pocono is a totally different animal. At Pocono, you have to lift off the throttle, while at Daytona or Talladega, you better not lift. At those two tracks, you have to lock your foot on the floorboard and keep it planted. Racing at Pocono you can be even faster, but you still have to lift once you reach the corner. You have a long frontstretch before you have to ‘whoa’ it up to make the flat left turn into turn one. You then let off the throttle in the short-shoot before you ‘whoa’ it up for turn three, the final turn. Your performance at Pocono is based off of how you exit turn three to get the speed for the long frontstretch,” Corr explained.

Corr understands the challenges that Pocono may present for him and Empire Racing Group. Understanding the track is one aspect of taking on the “Tricky Triangle,” but making sure the car is balanced on all three of the turns is the most important task the team will face.

“It’s really all about dialing the car in. All three turns are completely different. It’s most important to first always try to get turn three down and feel balanced there. The way you exit turn three makes your race,” Corr said.

He added, “If you exit turn three horribly, you have the long frontstretch and you can’t make that speed up. You also don’t want to be pushing or too loose in turn one, following the high speeds of the frontstretch. Dialing it in for turn three is my main focus. Once we get that, we can make up some time in the other turns. In my personal experience, turn one is always been a little on the tight side later in the race after the tires wear down. But in the end, the exit off of turn three makes or breaks your speed on the straightaway. On Friday, that will be at the top of my list.”

Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono is live on FS1 at 6:00 p.m.

A Richard Petty Motorsports Driver Development Team