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.

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

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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.”

 

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“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 GoBowling.com 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 www.empireracinggroup.com.

 

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Empire Racing Group Ready to Move On from Eldora Disappointment

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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.

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