Ernie Irvan celebrating 25 years of winning the Daytona 500

ernie+irvanErnie Irvan will be celebrating 25 years since winning the Daytona 500 this year at the Daytona 500 race scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at Daytona International speedway. Nascar will honor Irvan

Irvan is a retired American stock car racing driver. A former competitor in NASCAR, he is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury at Michigan International Speedway. He is inducted in numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.


In February 1991, Irvan drove the Morgan-McClure Chevrolet to victory in the Daytona 500, stock car racing‘s most prestigious and then most lucrative race. After a series of concussions in the late 1990s, Irvan retired from racing in 1999

Empire Racing Group Puts Drivers on Top of the Speed Charts during ARCA Test at Daytona International Speedway


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 20, 2016) – Despite the rainy weather at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend, the Empire Racing Group still secured multiple Top-10 positions on the speed charts during the track’s ARCA Racing test. With Friday being a rainout, the team went on to finish fourth, fifth and sixth on the charts on Saturday. On Sunday, the team continued its hot streak by securing second, third and eighth place on the charts.

“All of our drivers and race cars performed very well throughout the weekend,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpy’s Performance. “Everyone was very pleased with the results of the weekend, and now our drivers are looking forward to the upcoming race at Daytona.”

With four talented drivers behind the wheels of their race cars, Empire Racing had high expectations for the test and what the team could learn from it. All expectations were met throughout the weekend.

Rookies Dylan Martin and Brett Holmes experienced their first laps ever at Daytona International Speedway and spent their time learning everything they could about drafting on the track.

Racing veterans Dylan Lupton and Sean Corr also participated in the test for the team. Both drivers are familiar with ARCA race cars and were able to use this test session to learn more about how this year’s racing package will handle on the track. All Empire Racing Group drivers were able to experience both single car runs and the draft.

Despite the group’s No. 48 race car ending Sunday’s test session with a blown right rear tire, the entire team finished the final session in the Top-10, giving Empire Racing Group a positive outlook for the ARCA Racing season opener.

“Overall, it was a great weekend for the team,” said Cheek. “Even with all the rain and delays, the team was inspired by the test and is ready for the upcoming race. Everyone learned a lot and was very appreciative of opportunity to get this on-track time with the Empire Racing Group.”

Empire Racing Group will return to Daytona International Speedway for the ARCA Racing season opener on February 13. Sean Corr is confirmed to drive for the team in the Lucas Oil 200. Additional drivers will be announced as the race approaches.

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Jim Weiler, Pre-Race final at Martinsville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jim Weiler Making NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Martinsville Speedway Weiler to Pilot No. 35 Ford F-150 for Empire Racing MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 28, 2015) – Jim Weiler has waited 27 years for this opportunity. The 43-year-old California driver, who grew up racing street stocks, modifieds, sprints and midget cars on the West Coast since he was 16 years old, will attempt to make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Weiler will drive the No. 35 Ford F-150 fielded by Empire Racing Group and will be sponsored by Empire Racing Driver Development, Rodd Renovations and Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School. Weiler spent six years as a crew chief in the K&N Pro West Series (2006 – 2012) and has four starts as a driver in that series which came in the past three years. He’s very experienced across all forms of racing, but this will be his first opportunity to race in the premiere NASCAR levels. “When I first started racing this was the ultimate goal – to get in the top three series in NASCAR,” explained Weiler. “We will see where it goes from here. I’m just focused on this one race right now. My family is really excited about this and will be watching me from home.” To prepare for the race, the California native recently tested with Empire Racing Group at Caraway Speedway. “The test at Caraway went really well,” Weiler said. “I felt comfortable on that track and I worked really well with Mike, the crew chief. Overall, it was a solid test and gave us confidence going into this weekend.” “For goals, my first goal is to make the race,” explained Weiler. “I have to qualify on time. Form there I’d say learn as much as I can, finish all the laps and keep the truck in one piece. And… not ruffle any feathers!” Fans can cheer for Wieler and the Empire Racing Group in the Kroger’s 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1 or via MRN Radio. # # # About Empire Racing Empire Racing Group is a Driver-Development Team that strives to identify young talent that wants to purse advancing their racing career. With the alliance of Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., ERG has structure a successful team and program that creates successful individuals in their goal objectives. Established in 2009 ERG began competing within the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr, Owner and Driver for ERG, and Mason Mitchell. In 2012, ERG started to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Sean Corr and Jake Crum. In 2014, ERG formed a partnership with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., and the team has expanded to more events within the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA series, and NASCAR late model series with rising young-gun drivers like Christian Eckes and Austin Hill. About Jim Weiler Jim Weiler started his racing career when he was 16 years old at Petaluma Speedway’s 3/8 mile dirt track in Northern Ca. Through his early career, Weiler piloted street stocks, modifieds, sprints and midgets accumulating numerous heat race and A-main wins. Weiler served as technical inspector at the Petaluma Speedway from 2002 to 2006. Weiler served as crew chief for the Rodd Racing NASCAR K&N West Series car from 2006 to 2012. Weiler returned to the seat in 2013 driving legends cars and Pro4 modifieds winning the pro4 championship in 2013. Weiler made his first NASCAR K&N West Series start in 2013. When Weiler is not at the race track you can find him at his full time job with Comcast, on the golf course, or spending time with his three kids.

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