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.

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The CARS Tour X-1R 300 at Southern National is the inaugural race of the CARS Tour, and while the buildup has been abundant it’s no secret that something new needs time to develop into something great. Director of Operations/Marketing, Chris Ragle, explains what the expectation levels are for all involved at the Southern National event on March 28th.    

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Since the announcement of the CARS Tour in mid-November 2014 anticipation and hype has engulfed the new short track tour. The combination of both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model feature events on the same night at the same facility has truly created a “must see” event for short track facilities across the Carolinas and Virginia. The time for talk will now succumb to roaring engines as the green flag finally flies on the tour’s inaugural race at Southern National on March 28th. Experience at the 4/10 mile track can be found in both divisions, however; a new American Racer tire, a new tour, and close to 60 (sixty) cars expected to compete, the door has been left wide open to be the driver who wins the first ever CARS Tour race for their respected division.    

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 ( will provide LIVE Trackside Now Live Updates

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-CARS Tour Facebook ( and Twitter (@X1RProCup)
-Race22 ( will provide LIVE Twitter Updates

Empire Racing tops speed charts again at Daytona

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – January 16, 2015) – It just wasn’t enough for Empire Racing to top the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards charts in open testing at Daytona Int’l Speedway back in December. One month later, Empire returned and did it again, topping the charts with the No. 48 Hylton-Empire Ford Fusion with Sean Corr at the helm Friday afternoon at the “World Center of Racing”. Corr was fastest overall with a speed of 187.692 mph.

Then, in the final seconds, right before the five o’clock closing bell, his Empire Racing teammates Austin Hill and Patrick Staropoli drafted their way to the front, taking their places in second and third right behind the boss.

“I thought we’d have our hands full with three cars…I can’t believe how amazing this crew was today,” Corr said. “We don’t have a lot of guys. I thought they’d be completely overwhelmed but they had a game plan for everything…they were amazing. We brought that other Ilmor (396 engine) car down. We just measured everything exactly from my car…mimicked every line, everything the exact same way. It was the perfect three-car train. We may have to turn that third car into an Ilmor. All three are planning to come back for the race.”

Newcomer Austin Hill, with a legacy engine, was second overall at 187.165 mph in the No. 8 Ford Fusion, sandwiched in between Corr and Staropoli. Staropoli, whose speed was 187.126 mph in the No. 82 Ford Fusion, made it to the test just in time.

“It was an eventful day,” Staropoli said. “Drove down at the last second. I had an exam in Miami this morning. Drove up right after that…got here about 3:30. Everyone was drafting at that point. That last run…wow…it was the best run all day. We came down with a different car this time…had the Ilmor motor in it. It pulled a little better, but all three of Empire’s cars were great. I want to thank American RF for helping me get here. I learn more every time I go out there…I’m really excited for the race.”=”300″ class=”size-medium wp-image-282″ /> Daytona ARCA 2015 January test.[/caption]

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