Empire Racing Group Puts Drivers on Top of the Speed Charts during ARCA Test at Daytona International Speedway


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 20, 2016) – Despite the rainy weather at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend, the Empire Racing Group still secured multiple Top-10 positions on the speed charts during the track’s ARCA Racing test. With Friday being a rainout, the team went on to finish fourth, fifth and sixth on the charts on Saturday. On Sunday, the team continued its hot streak by securing second, third and eighth place on the charts.

“All of our drivers and race cars performed very well throughout the weekend,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpy’s Performance. “Everyone was very pleased with the results of the weekend, and now our drivers are looking forward to the upcoming race at Daytona.”

With four talented drivers behind the wheels of their race cars, Empire Racing had high expectations for the test and what the team could learn from it. All expectations were met throughout the weekend.

Rookies Dylan Martin and Brett Holmes experienced their first laps ever at Daytona International Speedway and spent their time learning everything they could about drafting on the track.

Racing veterans Dylan Lupton and Sean Corr also participated in the test for the team. Both drivers are familiar with ARCA race cars and were able to use this test session to learn more about how this year’s racing package will handle on the track. All Empire Racing Group drivers were able to experience both single car runs and the draft.

Despite the group’s No. 48 race car ending Sunday’s test session with a blown right rear tire, the entire team finished the final session in the Top-10, giving Empire Racing Group a positive outlook for the ARCA Racing season opener.

“Overall, it was a great weekend for the team,” said Cheek. “Even with all the rain and delays, the team was inspired by the test and is ready for the upcoming race. Everyone learned a lot and was very appreciative of opportunity to get this on-track time with the Empire Racing Group.”

Empire Racing Group will return to Daytona International Speedway for the ARCA Racing season opener on February 13. Sean Corr is confirmed to drive for the team in the Lucas Oil 200. Additional drivers will be announced as the race approaches.

Austin Hill teams up with Empire Racing and Grumpy’s Performance

Austin HillFor immediate release, October 14th, 2015,(Mooresville, NC)

K&N driver, Austin Hill, has once again teamed with Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance. Team organizers have been working on a 3-race deal to carry both Hill and team ERG to finish the 2015 year race season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Hill will field Empire Racing’s Ford F-150 truck in the NCWTS events at Talladega on October 24th and Martinsville on October 31st.  ERG will support Breast Cancer Awareness Month for both racing events.

Also on-board at Talladega and Martinsville will be, Doug Herbert’s, “Putting on the B.R.A.K.E.S” defense driving school foundation.

“Partnering with ERG is a great way to advocate, raise awareness and educate the NASCAR fans and their families about B.R.A.K.E.S. “, Doug Herbert said.  Comment from Doug

More info to come soon!

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Sean Corr Prepares For Super Dirt Week! Syracuse, NY

 Sean Corr's dirt carSYRACUSE, N.Y. – October 7-11, 2015

“The State of New York has made a 10-year commitment to Super DIRT Week to keep the event in Central New York,” DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “We are excited to announce today Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings will be the new home for Super DIRT Week after this year’s ‘Finale at the Fairgrounds.’”

The joint announcement today at the fairgrounds, where the gates open next Wednesday for this year’s event, is the next step in a plan between Super DIRT Week and the State of New York to move the event to a new, state-of-the-art facility that is currently under construction about 20 minutes north of Syracuse.

“After next week’s 44th NAPA Super DIRT Week, our team is looking forward to the challenge of bringing Super DIRT Week, the Super DIRTcar Series and its fans to a brand new venue,” Carter said. “We are eager for our entire staff, from ticketing to operations, to begin working on next year’s event as soon as the checkered flag waves on this year’s Syracuse 200.”

Sean Corr will be piloting his 2015 Shelby Mustang Sunday at Syracruse Fairgrounds for the final Dirt Week that will be run at this venue. Corr, who is a veteran dirt car driver and owner of Empire Racing Group will run for the win at the one mile track.

Austin Hill Continues NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Winning Streak into 2015 Season

 Austin Hill finished the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season with back-to-back wins in the year’s final races at Greenville Pickens Speedway and Dover International Speedway. Despite the all-new NASCAR K&N Pro Series race car chassis and body, Hill managed to continue this momentum into the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway just south of Daytona International Speedway.

Austin Hill is part of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next program designed to help promote young drivers in the NASCAR national and touring series. Hill made his debut in the in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012 and recorded his first win in September of 2013. It took another year before Hill claimed the top spot in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and it seems as if that win may have given him the confidence he needed to chase down a NASCAR championship.

Hill’s 2015 season got off to an excellent start when he claimed his first 21 Means 21 Coors Light Pole Award for his qualifying time of 18.483 seconds at 93.491 miles per hour. He took this push with him as the race began on the .48-mile high-banked oval race track just south of Daytona. Hill would go on to lead all 150 laps of the race, with only a small challenge coming from rookie Dalton Sargeant on a restart. “I was getting worried on the restarts, five laps was about when my car would really start to get up and really go,” Hill said. “So about five laps I would have to hold them off and then it would finally get going.”

Sean Corr Makes his NCWTS Debut tonight at Eldora Speedway

Sean Corr Owner/Driver for Empire Racing Group will be making his NCWTS debut at Eldora Speedway this Wednesday night on the greatest dirt track there is in dirt track racing. Sean comes from an extensive background in dirt track racing.

“I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the #82 Ford F-150 and to participate in the greatest dirt track there is, Eldora Speedway. There is nothing like slinging some dirt and I am very excited to run with NCWTS for the first time this season at one of the most notable dirt tracks around.”

Established in 2009 ERG began competing within the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr, Owner and Driver for ERG, and Mason Mitchell. In 2012, ERG started to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Sean Corr and Jake Crum. Currently in 2014, with the partnership of Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., the team has expanded to more events within the NCWTS.

Sean’s other past time hobbies has lead him to represent his hometown horse carriage friends. Corr will be racing for VICTORY to help in the preservation for NYC Horse Carriages.

New York’s Sean Corr is riding into Ohio’s Eldora Speedway with a message for a mayor back home. Corr’s racecar will feature a truck bed decal in support of Central Park’s horse carriage industry, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban.

“I am really excited to be representing the New York City Carriages again at Eldora Speedway for The 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic this Wednesday night. Eldora Speedway is one of the biggest races on dirt for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and it is my pleasure to be driving in this race, and representing the NYC Carriages”, said Sean Corr, Driver/Owner of Empire Racing Group.

Sean will be behind the wheel of the #82 Empire Racing Group Ford NASCAR Camping World Truck.

The trunk decal pictures a horsedrawn carriage and reads “New York Horsepower” and “Save NYC Horse Carriages”.

“Sean’s support means a lot because he grew up with horses. He knows what a happy horse looks like and didn’t listen to the animal extremists,” said Christina Hansen, a Central Park horse-carriage driver.

Horse-drawn carriages have been a feature of Central Park since 1858, and are always a top destination for tourists. Featured in numerous classic films and television shows, the horses have become an iconic part of the city’s landscape.

Mayor de Blasio pledged during the 2013 mayoral campaign to ban the industry, claiming that horses do not belong in today’s New York City. But New Yorkers have pushed back against the proposal, which would put 300 working families out of a job.

Polls have consistently found greater than 2-1 opposition to the ban among New Yorkers and every editorial board and union in New York is against it. The ban proposal is currently stalled in the City Council.

Corr is no stranger to horses. He grew up in Goshen, NY, where his mother owns a horse farm. As a child, he took carriage rides in Central Park, and recalls that the carriage horses were “the best part of the city.” When he heard about plans to ban the horses from New York City, he reached out through the New York State Horse Council to offer his support.

“We treat our horses like family,” says Hansen. “There is a reason why every vet who visits them endorses the care. The stables are staffed 24 hours a day, with roomy stalls and regular vet visits. Each horse even gets at least five weeks vacation. The carriage horses mean a lot to the people of New York.”

With the support of Sean Corr, and the horsepower under and on the truck, Hansen and her horses hope to be driving for many years to come.


Notes to Editors: Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. is a Driver Development Team that strives to identify young talent that wants to pursue advancing their racing career. Empire has structured a successful team and program that creates successful individuals in their goal objectives.

Press contact:
Sherry Sullivan Cheek
Empire Racing
Cell. (704) 749-4075
Email: grumpycheek@yahoo.com

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New York State Horse Council