Category Archives: Driver Thad Moffitt

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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Performance Plus partners with Thad Moffitt for 2 ARCA races

Thad Moffitt and Performance Plus Motor Oil

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 17, 2017) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced a new partnership with Performance Plus Motor Oil that will allow RPM development driver, Thad Moffitt, to compete in the ARCA Racing Series events at Toledo Speedway May 21 and at the short track in Indianapolis July 21. Performance Plus will also be an associate sponsor of Moffitt and the Empire Racing Group (ERG) for the remainder of the year in NASCAR late model competition.

Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, made his first start in the national touring ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards earlier this year at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, finishing 16th in a car prepared by ERG, the development team for RPM. ERG will once again field the No. 46 entry for Moffitt and Performance Plus with additional support from Transportation Impact, Hostetler Ranch, and Jacob Construction, Design and Technology at both Toledo and Indianapolis.

Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion, tested at Toledo last Sunday and Monday for the first time. ERG Crew Chief Mike Cheek led the test and will prepare the car for Moffitt in Sunday’s race, televised nationally on FS1 at 5 p.m. Eastern, same-day. It will be the first race for Performance Plus as a primary partner with Moffitt, but they have high hopes for him.

“Thad comes from one of the best families this sport has ever seen or known,” said Chuck Galmarini, Senior Vice President, Performance Plus Sales. “We want to make sure that he has the best products supporting him as he continues to climb the racing ladder, and that’s why we wanted to back his efforts. We are looking forward to our relationship with Thad and the entire Petty family.”

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.  A high school sophomore, 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.

“I learned a lot during my first ARCA race, and I’m pretty excited and thankful that Performance Plus Motor Oil has partnered with us to come back to the series again,” said Moffitt. “Everyone at Performance Plus has been great to work with and I want to do a good job for them.  But, we know that it’s all about getting more experience and trying to get a solid finish. We’re had a good test at Toledo last weekend, and I know we’ll be ready for both races. I’m really looking forward to this summer.”

The Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled to get the green flag at 2:12 p.m. Eastern Sunday afternoon (May 21). Look for Live Timing & Scoring and Live Chat at arcaracing.com for practice and qualifying Saturday, and the race Sunday.

About Empire Racing

Established in 2009, 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 crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, ERG will be serving as the developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the 2017 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.

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2017

Mooresville, NC, March 18th, 2017 – Development driver, Thad Moffitt, will be at the Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. Moffitt will be participating in the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety Kleen. Thad Moffitt is a 4th generation race-car driver and the grandson of Richard Petty; son to Richard Petty’s youngest daughter, Rebecca Petty Moffitt and husband Brian Moffitt CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports.

Racing at the historical Myrtle Beach Speedway has never been so exciting! Watch action packed racing on the “Beast at the Beach” 1/2 mile asphalt track. Six action packed races all back to back guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat or on your feet!

About Empire Racing Group,
Established in 2009, 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 crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, ERG will be serving as the developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the 2017 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 Empire Racing Group

Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a development team that strivesto 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 crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, ERG will be serving as the developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the 2017 season include notable rising stars Thad Mo3tt, and Harrison Mo3tt, aswell as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

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!