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Empire Racing Group, a Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team, signs Driver Devin Dodson.

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Empire Racing Group, and Grumpy’s Performance, Inc.,  a Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team is proud to announce signing driver, Devin Dodson, for the remaining 2017 season. ERG and Grumpy’s will field two Late Model Stock Cars this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the “BattleBack  WildCard Night” on Saturday night. Dodson will pilot the #9 ERG Ford as teammate to Thad Moffitt at the wheel of the #46 ERG Ford.

The team will be led by Empire Racing Group Crew Chief Mike” Grumpy” Cheek.

“I am excited to bring Devin on board to the ERG camp. I have watched Devin perform and I look forward to working with him and assisting Devin in his endeavors to get to the next level of his racing career. I feel confident that Devin will be an excellent addition to the team and a  good teammate for Thad, Together we have the opportunity to put some good racing on the track for the fans.”

Eighteen-year-old, Devin Dodson who is a native of Bishopville, MD starting racing at the age of 5-years-old. He started racing go karts across the southeast and mid atlantics  region with multiple wins and top 5 finishes. Won Diamond State 50, 2-years as JR2 and JR3. In 2015, Dodson moved to dirt modified with his accomplishments of multiple top 5’s, Rookie of the year 2015, 2 wins and in 2016, and finished 3rd in points in the mid- atlantics region. Dodson began to run late model stock in 2017 and in 8 starts has had five top 5 finishes.

Carteret County Mullet Festival 250

October 14, 2017

10  am – Pit Gate Opens

12:00 – Tech and Registration Open

3 pm – Open Practice

4:15 pm – Drivers Meeting

4:30 pm – Qualifying Begins

6:15 pm – Meet / Greet with Drivers

6:45 pm – Pre-Race – Prayer /  National Anthem

7pm Racing Gets Underway

  • Mini Cups #1 – 10 laps
  • Mini Cups #2 – 15 laps
  • US Legends Cars – 30 laps
  • Late Model Race #1 – 40 laps
  • Champ Karts – 25 laps
  • INTERMISSION – Kalt Life
  • Mini Stock – 30 laps
  • UCars – 30 laps
  • Street Stocks – 30 laps

Statement by Richard Petty Regarding Loss of Sponsor

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 12, 2017) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) was recently notified that its current partner, Smithfield Foods, will not return to the team next season. Aric Almirola will also not return to the No. 43.

A statement from Richard Petty:

“We have had numerous discussions with Smithfield Foods regarding the extension of our relationship dating as far back as February. Over the past few months, Smithfield had continually told me they wanted to be with us, and I recently shook hands on a deal to extend our relationship. I come from a time when we did major deals with sponsors like STP on a handshake. I’m sad to see this is where we are now. This decision is very unexpected, and we are extremely disappointed in this late and abrupt change of direction.

“Losing a sponsor of this magnitude in September is a significant set-back to Richard Petty Motorsports, but Andy (Murstein) and I are committed to moving forward with the No. 43 team. We have a lot of great partners who have expressed their continued support, and our fans will rally around the No. 43. We’ve been around since 1949, and we’ll be around a lot longer.”

 

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.

 

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PARALYZED VETERANS AND WAFFLE HOUSE TO HOST BREAKFAST AND ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PARALYZED VETERANS

BREAKFAST TO FEATURE SPECIAL GUEST, “THE KING” RICHARD PETTY

WHAT:

Representatives from Paralyzed Veterans of America and Waffle House will join “The King” Richard Petty for a special breakfast and media announcement this Friday at the Waffle House in Sandston, Va.  The announcement will detail a new campaign to raise funds for paralyzed veterans.

 

WHO:    Richard Petty, Co-Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports, Robert Satterwhite, Mid-Atlantic Chapter President,  Paralyzed Veterans of America, Pat Warner, Director of Public Relations and External Affairs, Waffle House

WHEN:   Friday, September 8, 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Waffle House,   5414 Williamsburg Road,  Sandston, Va.

 

Thad Moffitt Returns to ARCA Competition with Performance Plus Motor Oil

  Moffitt Welcomes ALSCO to Team at Indianapolis Short Track

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2017) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) development driver, Thad Moffitt will return to the ARCA Racing Series Friday at the short track in Brownsburg, Indiana, outside Indianapolis and just miles from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moffitt will make his second start with Performance Plus Motor Oil supporting his No. 46 Empire Racing Group (ERG) Ford this season.Moffitt and the No. 46 team will also welcome new associate sponsor, Alsco, the worldwide leader in shaping the linen and uniform rental industry.  Alsco is a current partner of Richard Petty Motorports and now extends their relationship to Moffitt and the Empire Racing Group.  Alsco will be an associate sponsor of Moffitt this weekend and also in his late model races throughout the rest of the year. Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, made his first start in the national touring ARCA Racing Series earlier this year at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, finishing 16th., ERG will once again field the No. 46 entry for Moffitt and Performance Plus with additional support from Alsco, Transportation Impact, Hostetler Ranch and Jacob Companies. Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion, tested this past Sunday at the Brownsburg short tack and is ready to make his next ARCA Racing Series start- his first at the track. 

“This will be our third ARCA start and second with Performance Plus Motor Oil on the car,” said Moffitt. “I am excited and feel confident going into the race. We have worked hard preparing the car at the shop and felt good about our test.  We made a lot of laps, just so I could get used to the track.  The track is pretty flat, so you have to really use the brake and gas. It’s a lot of fun and it’s going to be more fun when we get out there to race. 

“I want to finish the race, get all the laps in,” continued Moffitt.  “I feel if we can avoid any mistakes or problems, we can do a good job on the track. The car is good and I’m going to be patient when I need to be, but also aggressive when we need to be aggressive, too. 

“Finally, I want to thank Performance Plus for supporting our program.  They have been awesome to work with and they keep our engine performing at its best. And, it’s great to have Alsco join our team, too.  It’s cool to see all the partners we have supporting us. It makes me want to do everyone proud on Friday night.” 

Moffitt is a 16-year-old native from Trinity, N.C. and 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 the ARCA Racing Series.  Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather and watching his uncle Kyle race.  After his first ARCA race, he’s ready to continue to gain more experience. 

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 is scheduled for this Friday, July 21.  The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.  You may also follow @RPMotorsports on Twitter for live updates throughout the race. 

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

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 and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. 

About Performance Plus  Performance Plus is a premium brand of lubricants that provide superior quality and unmatched performance. Performance Plus products use conventionally refined oils and proprietary twice-refined oils, blended with industry-leading additives, to meet and exceed industry certifications, licenses, approvals and OEM warranty requirements. With more than 30 years of innovation, research and testing, Performance Plus formulations are relied on by some of the largest commercial fleets and U.S. military combat vehicles, as well as race teams at events across North America. Visit PerformancePlusOils.com.