Empire Racing, Corr teaming up with “The King’s” grandson for the ’17 season

February 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

TOLEDO, Ohio (Feb. 8, 2017) – Sean Corr splits his time between his full-time job at his family’s school bus company in upstate New York and the Empire Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C. But if he had his way, he’d be spending more time at the shop hanging out with “The King.” And that’s because Corr knows that NASCAR icon Richard Petty may just strut through the shop doors at any moment.

 

“Richard’s great…it’s so cool to have him here,” said Corr. “He’s got a story for everything…he’s done it all. He’s so down-to-earth. He’s not above just hanging out at the shop with all the guys. He just kicks his feet up with the rest of us and starts telling stories. It’s really neat when he comes over.”

Of course there’s a reason the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is hanging out with Corr’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team these days. As it is, Empire Racing, a driver development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, is full-ahead for what looks like a busier ARCA schedule in 2017 with Petty’s grandson, Thad Moffitt, at the helm of the No. 46 car for several races. Moffitt’s still 16, so Corr plans to fill the gap on the speedways as necessary. It’s no mistake that the car will wear the number 46.

“It’s so cool to be a part of the legacy of Richard Petty Motorsports. Lee Petty was number 42, Richard was 43, Kyle 44, Adam 45 and now Thad’s going to be the 46. We’re really honored to a be a part of that.”

With a brand new buzz reverberating through the Empire shop, the team is serious about its preparation for the season ahead.

“We’re building new composite cars. We have the new one we built last year and we just finished our second composite car, and we already have our chassis lined up for the third one.”

Corr has entered his own No. 46 Nesco Ford for the 54th running of the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The Goshen, N.Y. ARCA veteran won the pole at Daytona in 2012 and finished fifth at the “World Center of Racing” in 2013.

“I can’t wait…I love running Daytona and Talladega. We’re going to try and run the 46 all year…I may possibly do Michigan and both Poconos…still working through all that. The plan is to put Thad in the car for the short tracks…Nashville, Salem, Toledo…everything he can run he plans on running.”

In between all the new and exciting things going on at Empire Racing, Corr’s still working his day job back home to help make ends meet.

“I work with my family’s school bus company. We build a lot of the smaller type-A buses…up to 35-child capacity buses. We do that right down to commercial buses…like the Venturini bus…we built that one. That one’s really decked out…leather commercial seats, foot rests, cup holders, flat screen TV…that one’s really classy.”

In addition to gasoline-, diesel- and propane-powered units, the family-owned company (Trans Tech Bus) builds a lot of electric school buses, many of which end up in California. His sponsor, Nesco, is a truck and bus dealership out of Long Island, N.Y.

Work aside, it’s time to get back to the business of racing.

“I’m actually leaving to go back to North Carolina on the 9th…and then onto Daytona.

“We’re really excited, not just for Daytona, but for the whole season. Thad is one of the most down-to-earth kids I’ve ever met…I know where he gets it from. He’s got a really good head on his shoulders. To have him racing with us at Empire Racing is so neat…he’s such a great kid.”

 

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 Harrison Moffitt, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr.

 

To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

 

Press Release February 8, 2017

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Kentucky Speedway to Celebrate Richard Petty’s 80th with Birthday Festivities

Kentucky Speedway and entitlement partner Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services to host July 8 birthday celebration to mark “The King” Richard Petty’s 80th birthday.

Sparta, Ky. – Kentucky Speedway, Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services, and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) have collaborated on a multi-layer celebration to begin at approximately 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 8.

The King will participate in the celebration at The King’s 80th Birthday presented by Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services fan hospitality tent located in the Kentucky Speedway Hospitality Village where he’ll be part of a question-and-answer session hosted by his son, former NASCAR driver, Kyle Petty.

Other significant members of the NASCAR community including drivers, team owners, sponsors, and more are also scheduled to make appearances throughout the day to offer their personal birthday wishes, share a favorite story or talk about what The King has meant to the sport.

Kentucky Speedway, Alsco, and RPM will be unveiling several tiers of activation in the coming weeks as part of the overall celebration.

Fans can join the party by calling (859) 578-2300 or by visiting www.kentuckyspeedway.com\KINGs80th and can join in the conversation at any time through social media using the hashtag #KINGs80th across all Petty, Alsco and Kentucky Speedway entities.

The 2017 season at Kentucky Speedway begins in July with the return of a NASCAR tripleheader weekend anchored by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July 8 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series starts the weekend with a 225-mile event Thursday, July 6 and the XFINITY Series Alsco 300 is Friday, July 7.

The XFINITY Series Visit Myrtle Beach 300 returns to the 1.5-mile tri-oval on Saturday, Sept. 23 along with the ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150 on Friday, Sept. 22 to conclude season’s racing.

Fans may purchase season tickets and camping, July weekend packages or individual race tickets now by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

About Alsco

Alsco ( www.alsco.com) is a family owned and operated business founded in 1889 that was recognized by the world-renowned Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Alsco provides linen and uniform services to customers that range from restaurants and healthcare clinics to automotive repair and industrial manufacturing facilities. With over 170 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 350,000 customers on five continents.

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 one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force, Alsco and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

About Petty’s Garage

Petty’s Garage brings The King’s winning tradition to a variety of high-performance automobiles. From production-based vehicles to custom builds and restorations, Petty’s Garage is a high performance speed shop characterized by its focus on spectacular automobiles. If you can dream it, Petty’s Garage can build it!

About Petty Museum

The Petty Museum, founded in 1988, is a glimpse into the life and accomplishments of the great racing family. With over 200 career wins and 10 NASCAR Championships, the museum has an awesome display of racing history as well as many personal collectibles from the entire family. This is where you find out what’s behind the sunglasses and where it all started!

About Petty Family Foundation

The Petty Family Foundation has a strong belief in family values, integrity, and compassion for others. It is these ideals upon which the Foundation was built, providing the means necessary to empower those who help others. By focusing our mission on healthcare and enriching the lives of our country’s servicemen, we will continue a legacy of success and a vision of humanity.

About Victory Junction

Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty, in honor of his son, Adam Petty, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 23,000 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. To learn more about visit www.victoryjunction.org.

About Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Led by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction. The Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 22nd year, more than 7,950 riders have logged more than 11.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $17.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

Contact

Heather Lumpp

Director of Communications

Richard Petty Motorsports

Cell: 847-302-5509
hlumpp@rpm43.com 

Myrtle Beach Speedway testing Wednesday, 1-25-2017

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“Thad was spot on,” says Empire Racing Groups lead crew chief and team manager, Mike Cheek, aka Grumpy. Grumpy and Moffitt feels that testing at Myrtle Beach Speedway went very well this past Wednesday. Thad Moffitt is ready and excited to be back in his seat. Moffitt says that he has a great feeling of this coming race season. Moffitt and his team are ready for the 2nd annual Icebreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway, February 11th!

Richard Petty Statement on 2017 NASCAR Rules Update

Richard Petty Statement on
2017 NASCAR Rules Update
Statement from Richard Petty:

“Since NASCAR started, there has always been change. The world changes and you have to change with it. This new format just adapts to the current and next generation of fans. It’s something to help create more excitement during the races. You have to put on a good race, a good show where people want to watch at home and enjoy coming to the track. Having two additional winning moments is a good step in that direction to keep the drivers competitive and fans excited throughout the race and season.”
“As an owner, I’m fine with it. I have the same rules as everyone else. That’s fair. We just have to figure out how to be the best under this format.”
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 one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP and United States Air Force. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

Thad Moffitt Wins Late Model Championship

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Thad Moffitt Wins Late Model Championship

Empire Racing Group Leads Grandson of Richard Petty to First Championship

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 16, 2016) – Thad Moffitt, the 15-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, won his first stock car championship at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway this past weekend.  Moffitt finished fifth during Friday night’s Southeast Limited Late Model (SELLM) Daytona 1 Challenger Series race to secure the season-long championship.  It’s the first major championship for Moffitt who previously raced go-karts and quarter midgets.  

In partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Empire Racing Group (ERG) entered Moffitt in the SELLM Series this year.  Moffitt’s first win came in August and led to a string of Top-Five finishes.  Friday night’s strong result clinched him the championship in his first year on the tour.

 

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 16, 2016) – Thad Moffitt, the 15-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, won his first stock car championship at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway this past weekend.  Moffitt finished fifth during Friday night’s Southeast Limited Late Model (SELLM) Daytona 1 Challenger Series race to secure the season-long championship.  It’s the first major championship for Moffitt who previously raced go-karts and quarter midgets.

In partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Empire Racing Group (ERG) entered Moffitt in the SELLM Series this year.  Moffitt’s first win came in August and led to a string of Top-Five finishes.  Friday night’s strong result clinched him the championship in his first year on the tour.

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Thad Moffitt Wins Southeast Limited Late Model Championship

Moffitt won the championship 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 b Transportation Impact, Jacob Companies and Hostetler Ranch.  Moffitt is the oldest son of Brian and Rebecca Moffitt.

“I have to thank Empire Racing Group and everyone involved to make this happen,” said Moffitt.  “Growing up around racing, it really gets in your blood.  It’s all I think about and all I want to do.  It’s awesome to win a championship in my first year in a stock car.  I just want to get better and better.”

“It feels good to carry on the family tradition,” continued Moffitt.  “You try not to think about it.  I’m just proud to race the family color and put the ’46’ on the side of the car. I have plans to take the next step, but  I’l work with my family and with Empire Racing Group on what that may be.”

“Hey, he did pretty good for his first year,” commented Petty.  “He has a real passion for this, so who knows how far it can take him.  He’s pretty determined.”

Richard Petty Motorsports and Empire Racing Group will announce Moffitt’s 2017 plans soon.

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 GoBowling.com will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup 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 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. RPM will also utilize ERG for developing full pit crew for opportunities within the RPM organization. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at various local short tracks. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, Thad Moffitt, and now another rising star Korbin Forrister, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

 

 

Brian Scott and Richard Petty Motorsports to Partner with the American Red Cross at Martinsville

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More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and parts of Virginia, the American Red Cross has served more than 1.3 million meals and snacks, and provided 99,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need, prompting the charity to issue a call for the public’s help.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Fans can help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting http://www.redcross.org/rpm-pub, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999, which will be featured on the No. 44 Ford Fusion this weekend, to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Fans can also meet Brian Scott at the Ford Display on Race Day at Martinsville Speedway.

Brian Scott Ford Display Q&A @ Martinsville Speedway

Where: Ford Display, Martinsville Speedway Display Area

When: Sunday, October 30 from 9:50 – 10:10 a.m.

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

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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 www.empireracinggroup.com.

A Richard Petty Motorsports Driver Development Team