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Empire Racing Group Purchases Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Empire Racing Group Purchases Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Mooresville, North Carolina – August 8th, 2018-Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, VP and Competition Director for Empire Racing Group confirmed Monday that ERG has purchased the operating assets of Mason Mitchell Motorsports, (MMM).

Mason Mitchell, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Champion and owner of Mason Mitchell Motorsports, made the very difficult and emotional decision to cease operation and to sale the team’s assets last week.

“Mitchell has been a long-time friend of ERG. I have watch him grow with his team into a Champion within the ARCA Racing Series, Cheek said.”

When asked how Mitchell came about the decision to cease operations, “I guess this is meant to be”, said Mitchell. “For me, I need to get back home and regroup. Perhaps at some point in time, I can get back into the racing arena. But, for now rest and relaxation is greatly needed.”

With the purchase of MMM, this will allow ERG to take their small, budding team to the next level of performance and remain strong in a very competitive industry within the ARCA racing series.

“Things work out for a reason”, Cheek said. Cheek had been in talks with John Corr about switching manufacturers over from Ford to Chevrolet. Corr, who is the owner of ERG, had been wanting to switch for some time now. “Switching over to Chevrolet will help to strengthen ERG’s alliance with Richard Petty Motorsports, (RPM).

“Since 2016, ERG has been partners with RPM as a development team and with the purchase of MMM’s operating assets just makes good sense. Mitchell has some fast-hot rods and I am happy that now all our fleet will be Chevrolet,” Cheek said.

In Addition to acquiring MMM’s operation assets, ERG has also hired some key personnel, starting with veteran crew chief Jeff McClure. “McClure brings a wealth of knowledge to Empire and I am excited that he is in our camp,” Cheek said.

About Empire Racing Group

 Empire Racing Group is a 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/driver), 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 Competition Director, Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Since 2016, ERG has been serving as the development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the upcoming 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.

Thad Moffitt Finishes 10th at Toledo Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 20, 2018) – Thad Moffitt and the No. 46 Empire Racing team finished 10th in Sunday’s Menards 200 at the Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series.  Moffitt overcame a spin on older tires to climb back to earn his first Top-10 in the series in only his sixth start.

As other drivers had tire problems, Moffitt got fresh General Tires after his spin and settled into his own pace. Moffitt became faster as the race came to a close and climbed the scoring pylon to finish 10th.

“I hate that we spun and lost a few laps, but everyone was having issues,” said Moffitt. “I think it helped us. We were able to just race our own race and things came back to us.”

Moffitt had a previous best finish of 11th in the ARCA Racing Series at the short track in Indianapolis.  He now has his first Top-10 and is looking forward to more ARCA Racing Series starts on short and intermediate tracks.

“I’m 17, so I can’t run every track,” commented Moffitt.  “But, we can run Pocono and that’s going to be our first start on a big track.  Today really gives us a lot of confidence as we prepare for my Pocono debut.”

Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion from Trinity, North Carolina, is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. He started racing a go-kart and a quarter midget before moving to a Limited Late Model and now a Late Model and the ARCA Racing Series. A high school student, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather (“The King” Richard Petty) and also watching his uncle, Kyle Petty, race.

Moffitt has primary sponsorship from Performance Plus Motor Oil, Transportation Impact and associate sponsorship from Hostetler Ranches.

You can follow Moffitt through his Facebook page (Thad Moffitt Racing), Twitter (@ThadMoffitt) and Instagram (moffitt_thad).

Thad Moffitt Ready to Breakthrough in Return to Toledo Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 19, 2018) – Thad Moffitt and the No. 46 Empire Racing team will return to the ARCA Racing Series this weekend to compete in the Menards 200 at the Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.  Moffitt, the 17 year-old Richard Petty Motorsports development driver, will make his second start at Toledo on Sunday afternoon, and feels that he can breakthrough in his sixth start in the competitive ARCA Racing Series.

“Yeah, I really feel that we are capable of getting our first Top-10 finish this weekend,” said Moffitt. “I’m getting more and more experience in these ARCA cars, and I’m coming back to Toledo for a second time.  We just need to stay out of trouble and have a clean race.”

Moffitt has a best finish of 11th in the ARCA Racing Series at the short track in Indianapolis.

“We’ve proven that when we have a clean race, we can be up front,” commented Moffitt.  “Hopefully we can have a good qualifying run on Saturday and that will help us run up front.  We’ll have a new partner, CGS Imaging, and they are giving us what we need all weekend.”

Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion from Trinity, North Carolina, is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. He started racing a go-kart and a quarter midget before moving to a Limited Late Model and now a Late Model and the ARCA Racing Series. A high school student, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather (“The King” Richard Petty) and also watching his uncle, Kyle Petty, race.

Moffitt also has primary sponsorship from Performance Plus Motor Oil, Transportation Impact and associate sponsorship from Hostetler Ranches.

Sunday’s race will be televised live on MAVTV at 2:00 p.m. ET.  You can also follow Moffitt through his Facebook page (Thad Moffitt Racing), Twitter (@ThadMoffitt) and Instagram (moffitt_thad).

Thad Moffitt to Make Salem Speedway Debut in ARCA Racing Series

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 20, 2018) – Thad Moffitt will return to the ARCA Racing Series this weekend to make his debut at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 this Sunday.  It will be Moffitt’s second consecutive start in the ARCA Racing Series in 2018, and fifth overall.  He is coming off a 14th-place finish at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.

Transportation Impact, a long time supporter of Moffitt, will serve as the primary partner this weekend.  The company is based in Emerald Isle, N.C. and specializes in achieving maximum supply chain reduction.  Transportation Impact has helped serve over 650 different companies in less than 10 years.

The Transportation Impact No. 46 team tested last week at Salem, giving Moffitt some experience heading into Sunday’s race.

“This is a pretty awesome track,” said Moffitt. “It’s really fast, high-banked and fun to drive. It’s going to be a whole new experience when we start racing, but I’m pretty anxious to get to Sunday.”

Moffitt will be making his fifth ARCA Racing Series start, with a best finish of 11th in Indianapolis.  During his last race in Nashville, Moffitt drove from the back of the field to finish 14th.  He returns to the ARCA Racing Series with the help of Transportation Impact, and with associate sponsors Performance Plus Motor Oil and Hostetler Ranch.

“I feel that our race program is gaining momentum,” commented Moffitt.  “It really helps to be able to race consecutive races against good competition.  I can learn a lot more. We can’t do it without the help of our sponsors. I really want to thank Transportation Impact for helping us out this weekend.”

Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion from Trinity, North Carolina, is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. He started racing a go-kart and a quarter midget before moving to a Limited Late Model and now a Late Model on the ARCA Racing Series. A high school student, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather (“The King” Richard Petty) and also watching his uncle, Kyle Petty, race.

Sunday’s race will be televised live on MAVTV.

Petty in the house at Salem; Moffitt, several teams testing

Mooresville, NC (April 11, 2018) — There’s a Petty in the house at Salem Speedway; or there certainly will be when Thad Moffitt marches through the gate Thursday (April 12) to test for next weekend’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 coming April 21-22.

Moffitt is the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, and he’s on track to make his Salem debut. Like most kids growing up in the racing world, he’s been hearing about the place since he can remember.

“It’s one of those tracks you hear about all your life…one of those tracks the people around me have always talked about,” said Moffitt.

“Everybody says that track is like Bristol, but not as much grip, multiple grooves and a lot rougher. But that’s the kind of track I adapt to the best. I’m not really nervous; I’m more anxious. After all the bad luck we’ve had, I’m ready for a break-through race, and I feel like Salem could be that race.”

Moffitt got behind the “8-ball” last Saturday at Nashville, and clawed his way back to a 14th-place finish in the No. 46 Performance Plus Ford for Empire Racing. Despite the issues Moffitt had at Nashville, once things sorted out, the Trinity, N.C. fourth-generation racer was running lap times on pace with the leaders.

“I’m a little bit disappointed to be honest. We had a seal blow out and didn’t get to qualify and had to start in the rear. We went into the race not knowing what we had. We raced up to 12th, then we had a right-rear tire go down…then I got caught speeding on pit road. We were as fast as the leaders in the end; we just didn’t have any track position.”

If it’s at all possible, Moffitt hopes to get a head start on Salem Speedway.

“We’re getting ready to roll out to Salem. We just loaded up for the test.”

Moffitt will also have help from veteran crew chief Jeff McClure at Salem. McClure has built a reputation on helping several up and coming young drivers. When Todd Gilliland became the youngest ARCA winner in history at Toledo Speedway, it was McClure who engineered the victory from the pit box.

“A lot of my crew guys have been telling me about Salem,” Moffitt continued. “Jeff McClure just came on board with us and he’s been giving me a lot of good advice on Salem. He told me that if I’m going to pass anybody, I gotta make sure I get off (turn) two. And if you can’t make the pass off two, then just do it the next lap. Don’t try it in three and four.”

Moffitt has been getting the best of both worlds at Empire, help from not only McClure, but from longtime Empire crew chief Mike “Grumpy” Cheek.

“I’m really fortunate. I’m getting the knowledge of two great crew chiefs. I guess you could say I have co-crew chiefs. They discuss everything together, and I benefit from that.”

Moffitt finished an ARCA career-best 11th at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2017. He also earned the Southeast Limited Late Model Series championship in 2016. His famous grandfather Richard Petty is a 7-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and is the all-time Cup leader with 200 career wins.