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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.

Thad Moffitt Ready for ARCA Racing Series Event Saturday Night

Thad Moffitt Ready for ARCA Racing Series Event Saturday Night
Returns to Fairgrounds Speedway with Performance Plus Motor Oil
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 4, 2018) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) development driver
Thad Moffitt will make his fourth ARCA Racing Series start this weekend at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennesee. Moffitt, 17, comes into the 200-lap race more prepared than ever in his young career. He competed in three ARCA races in 2017, progressively getting better and finishing 11th at the tough short track in Indianapolis in his last start.”We were one lap away from a Top-10 in Indianapolis,” said Moffitt about his last ARCA start. “We had a great race, but I think I had more confidence after racing both Nashville and Toledo in the ARCA Racing Series. I just learned a lot last year and feel that I can use that knowledge this weekend coming back to the Fairgrounds Speedway.”

In preparation for Saturday night’s race, Moffitt and his Empire Racing team tested last Friday at the track. Moffitt was pleased leaving the track.

“Yeah, as a team, we really learned a lot,” continued Moffitt. “We need to find a little more speed for this weekend, but we have a really solid Performance Plus car. This track is fast, and tire wear is important. I love racing on the General Tire racing tires we have. We just need to be smart, save our tires and be there at the end.”

Last year, Moffitt made his ARCA Racing Series debut in this race. He qualified and finished 16th after racing inside the Top-15 throughout the night. The team returns Saturday with primary sponsor Performance Plus Motor Oil on the hood and sides of the No. 46 and associate sponsors Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch.

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.

About Performance Plus
Performance Plus is a premium brand of lubricants that provides superior quality and unmatched performance at a competitive price. 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

About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), 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. RPM is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup history with 273 wins and has business partnerships with national and global leaders. Today the race operation fields the famed No. 43 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. The team is headquartered in Welcome, North Carolina, and is supported by primary partners Click n’ Close, STP, Smithfield Foods and the United States Air Force.

For additional information, news and the latest updates, please visit or connect with RPM on Facebook (Richard Petty Motorsports), Twitter (@RPMotorsports) or Instagram (@richardpettymotorsports).

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


Several ARCA teams testing at Nashville Friday

Mooresville (March 29, 2018) — It’s only a test; but it may look more like a race. Several ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards teams are planning to test Friday (March 30) at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in preparation for the Music City 200 coming to the famed ole short track Saturday, April 7.

At least six ARCA teams are on their way to Nashville for testing, including Venturini Motorsports, Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Win-Tron Racing, Empire Racing, Ken Schrader Racing and Chad Bryant Racing.

Thad Moffitt, grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, is testing with Empire Racing. Moffitt made his ARCA debut last year at Nashville, finishing 16th.

ARCA Nashville Fairgrounds Roots go back to 1959

ARCA back to short track roots…Nashville Fairgrounds next

NASHVILLE (Feb. 19, 2018) — Now that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has completed their season opening event at Daytona International Speedway, preparation has begun for the Music City 200 at Nashville’s (TN) Fairgrounds Speedway.  The Track Enterprises-promoted event has turned into a fan favorite, as three of the top Super Late Model tours will also be on track. The April 7 event is expected to draw some of the best fields of cars for short track racing in 2018.