Thad Moffitt Looks to Extend Petty Legacy at Daytona

Thad Moffitt Looks to Extend Petty Legacy at Daytona

When race fans think of Daytona International Speedway, one name usually comes to mid.

Petty.

The Petty family – Lee, Richard, Maurice, Kyle, and Richard’s cousin Dale Inman – have had more success at the 2.5 mile speedway than most drivers have throughout their entire careers.

Lee, the family patriarch, won the inaugural Daytona 500 in a photo finish. Back when it took days to develop photos and transfer them in the mail, it took the better part of a week to determine that Lee beat Johnny Beauchamp to the line by a matter of feet to win a caution-free speed fest on the brand-new track that would become the cornerstone of the family’s legacy.

Lee’s two sons, Richard and Maurice, would turn the high banks into their personal playground through the 1960s and 1970s. With Richard behind the wheel and Maurice building the engines under the hood, and cousin Dale Inman calling the shots for the team from the pits, Richard won a record seven Daytona 500s from 1964 through 1981. Richard won ten times in 74 career points-paying starts at Daytona, including his all-time record 200th career NASCAR Cup Series win in the 1984 Firecracker 400, witnessed live and in person by then-President Ronald Reagan.

When Richard’s son Kyle, then just 18 years of age, decided he would like to pursue a career as a professional racecar driver like his grandfather and father before him, it was decided he would make his first career start in any type of race in the ARCA 200 at Daytona in 1979. It may have been a surprise to some, but Kyle lived up to his namesakes and made the trip to the hallowed ground of Daytona’s victory lane.

Even Maurice’s son Ritchie found success at Daytona. He made one of his 13 career ARCA starts at Daytona and finished ninth in 1992, driving a car built and owned by his father.

Between Lee, Richard, and Kyle, the Petty family has combined for 262 wins in the Cup Series as drivers. Inman left the family team for several years in the 1980s and won races and another championship with Terry Labonte. Virtually every record that can be held in NASCAR was at one point held by a member of the Petty clan.

But it hasn’t always been an easy ride for the Pettys. Lee’s career was cut short after a grinding crash in a qualifying race for the 1961 Daytona 500 with, ironically, the driver he defeated to win the 1959 race, Johnny Beauchamp. Richard’s 20-year-old brother-in-law, Randy Owens, lost his life in a freak pit accident at Talladega Superspeedway in 1975. And tragically, Kyle’s 19-year-old son Adam perished in a racing crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000.

Adam was to be the fourth generation to carry the Petty name well into the 21st century. Four months after Adam lost his life, Richard’s daughter Rebecca and her husband Bryan Moffitt, who is now CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports, had a son named Thad, and 18 years later, the Petty family is again on track at Daytona.

Thad Moffitt has the Petty smile, if not the last name. He started racing late models in the mid-Atlantic region when he was fourteen, and in 2016 was the Southeast Limited Late Model champion. In 2017, he dipped his toes into the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and in 2018 earned his first career top-ten ARCA finish at Toledo.

In 2019, Thad and his Empire Racing team will compete for the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, a championship-within-the-championship that encompasses tracks longer than one mile.

“We’ve done short track stuff to this point but now that I am old enough we’re going to concentrate on the superspeedways in 2019,” Moffitt said during the ARCA Racing Series’ annual pre-season test at Daytona. “We have sponsorship for most of the races already set and we’re pretty confident we’ll line things up for the races we don’t have covered yet. We’re really excited to get on track and see what we can do.”

He knows the family has a long history at Daytona, and he’s ready to do his part to carry it on.

“It wasn’t something I thought about when I was out there on the track the first time,” he said. “But when you get out of the car and it kind of sinks in, it’s really incredible to be out on the same race track where Lee won back in 1959, and The King won the 500 seven times, and uncle Kyle won the first time he ever drove a race car. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to think about it.”

Moffitt will attempt to become the fourth member of the Petty family to win in ARCA when he fires off for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona, joining Lee’s brother J.H. Petty, who won both halves a twin-100 event at Flat Rock in 1953, Kyle, who won at Daytona in 1979, and Adam, who won at Charlotte in 1998 in his first-ever series start.

Both Richard and Kyle have said their sons’ respective ARCA wins were among the most memorable moments in their racing careers.

“I’d have to say 1979 was probably the most exciting from my standpoint,” Richard said in a 2008 interview with Speedway Illustrated magazine. “1964 was big because that was my first superspeedway win, but 1979 was memorable not just because we won the 500 but also because Kyle won the ARCA race, the first time he’d ever been on a race track.”

“Watching my son Adam win at Charlotte is my greatest sports memory,” Kyle told Winston Cup Scene in 2003. “Seeing him win at Charlotte in an ARCA race in 1998. He had an accident in practice and dang if he didn’t go out and win the race. That was my biggest moment.”

Thad, for his part, would like to create a moment of his own.

“I wish I was around to have met Adam. He was a really special person, and he did so much good for everyone around him, and he still does,” Moffitt said, referring to the Victory Junction Gang Camp that carries on Adam’s memory. “We all wish he was around to be the fourth generation of Petty, but it’s really an honor for me to be able to do it. We’ll find out on race day if we’re able to carry on the family legacy here at Daytona. We’re going to give it our best shot.”

Moffitt and the rest of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take the green flag in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 9 at 4:30 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates free for registered users.

Credit to arcracing.com, Charles Krall. February 5, 2019 at 6:00AM

For Immediate Release: Apple Spice to Join Moffitt in ARCA and Late Model Events

Thad Moffitt Adds Associate Sponsor to Program

Apple Spice to Join Moffitt in ARCA and Late Model Events

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 31, 2019) – Thad Moffitt will have additional support to his growing race program. Today, the Richard Petty Motorsports development driver announced that Apple Spice will serve as an associate sponsor of his No. 46 Chevrolet in ARCA and NASCAR Late Model competition this season. Apple Spice will debut with Moffitt at the Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series.

 

Apple Spice is a box lunch delivery and catering company specializing in business and corporate lunches. The company, founded in 1988, has grown to nearly 50 stores across the nation. The company prides itself on quality food and service. They are proud to support Moffitt, as he too, continues to climb the racing ladder.

 

“Thad and his Petty family roots match with our company family beginnings,” said Stephen Graves, Apple Spice. “And we’re proud to support Thad and his racing career as he reaches new milestones. We know that Thad will be a winner and we’re happy to now join him on his journey.”

 

Moffitt, the 18-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, has eight ARCA Racing Series starts and this season will compete on superspeedways and intermediate tracks. Moffitt and his No. 46 Chevrolet Empire Racing team had immediate success in ARCA competition on the short tracks. He’s finished in the Top 15 in three of his eight starts, including a Top 10 finish.

 

“It’s great to have Apple Spice join our race team,” said Moffitt. “Their partnership will allow us to get better as we take a step forward this season racing on bigger tracks. I want to thank Apple Spice for joining us and I hope everyone will support them. They have great food and I know they’ll be helping us out as we travel this year.”

 

A native of Trinity, N.C., Moffitt 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 Richard Petty and watching his Uncle Kyle race.

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, N.C. and is supported by primary partners United States Air Force and World Wide Technology.

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

About Empire Racing
Empire Racing Group (ERG) 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 Grumpy’s Performances’ VP, and Competition Director, Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS). Since 2016, ERG has been serving as the development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the upcoming 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thad Moffitt to Make Daytona Debut with Performance Plus Motor Oil

Press Release For Immediate Release

Thad Moffitt to Make Daytona Debut with Performance Plus Motor Oil

Will Follow in Petty Family Foot Steps in Daytona ARCA Debut

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 28, 2019) – Daytona is a family affair for the Petty’s.

Kyle Petty made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 1979 at the Daytona International Speedway, winning the race in his first stock car start. Now, 40 years later, his nephew, Thad Moffitt, will look to do the same driving the No. 46 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet in a car prepared by Empire Racing Group (ERG).

Moffitt will make the first Daytona start in his young career with his partner Performance Plus, who has sponsored him in his previous ARCA starts.

Moffitt, the 18-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, recently participated in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona in his No. 46 Chevrolet. He went through the same test last year but was too young to compete in the race.

With eight ARCA starts behind him, Moffitt is ready to compete on the big tracks and race at the track his family helped make famous.

“This is Daytona, and it means so much to my family,” said Moffitt. “Testing last year just gave me that desire to race here. I know what Uncle Kyle did in his first ARCA start here – he won the race. It would be amazing to accomplish that same feat 40 years later. We had a good test session and I have more experience in the draft, too. I’m ready to go and look forward to that green flag coming down.”

Being a part of the Petty family, Moffitt has been traveling to Daytona Beach since he was born. The track and its history are nothing new, and Moffitt is not intimidated by the opportunity.

“Growing up, I went to Daytona every February and July,” Moffitt said. “I loved watching the ’43’ race and watching Uncle Kyle. It’s cool to finally have my turn. Daytona is a big part of our family history. It started with my great grandfather, Lee, and has been passed down. It feels like a rite of passage to race at Daytona. I’m ready to start our race season in February.”

Moffitt and his No. 46 Chevrolet Empire Racing team had immediate success in ARCA competition on the short tracks. He’s finished in the Top 15 in three of his eight starts, including a Top 10 finish. The team will make select starts in the ARCA Racing Series with Performance Plus throughout 2019.

“The support of Performance Plus has given me so many opportunities in my career,” said Moffitt. “It allowed me to race late models and then jump into the ARCA Racing Series. It’s perfect that they’re supporting me at Daytona. The car is going through final prep now and getting decaled. It’s always a great looking car.”

Moffitt’s No. 46 Chevrolet is not only supported by Performance Plus, but also will have continued associate sponsorship from Alsco, Apple Spice, Fence Armor, Hostetler Ranch and Transportation Impact.

A native of Trinity, N.C., Moffitt 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 Richard Petty and watching his Uncle Kyle race.

About Performance Plus
Performance Plus is a premium brand of lubricants that provide superior quality and unmatched performance at a competitive price. Produced and distributed by Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH), 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.

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, N.C. and is supported by primary partners United States Air Force and World Wide Technology.

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

About Empire Racing
Empire Racing Group (ERG) 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 Grumpy’s Performances’ VP, and Competition Director, Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS). Since 2016, ERG has been serving as the development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the upcoming 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.

 

 

Alsco Returns to Support Richard Petty Motorsports in 2019 Continues to Provide Uniform Rental Needs and More for All Petty Companies

Press Release For Immediate Release
Alsco Returns to Support Richard Petty Motorsports in 2019

Continues to Provide Uniform Rental Needs and More for All Petty Companies
WELCOME, N.C. (January 9, 2019) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) today announced that Alsco will continue its relationship as an associate sponsor of the No. 43 team and driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. In addition, Alsco will continue to be the official linen and workwear uniform supplier for Petty’s Garage, Victory Junction, and also be a partner of Thad Moffitt in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Late Model competition.

Alsco is another long-term committed partner of RPM. They have provided the Petty companies with their premium linens and workwear rental for many years and have committed to supporting Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team again in 2019. Alsco also supports Moffitt as he climbs the ranks into NASCAR. The relationship is tied through the shared belief of strong family values and excellent customer service.

“The Petty family is the first racing family of NASCAR and helped revolutionized the sport, just as we have in the linen and workwear rental business,” stated Jim Divers, director of sales and marketing, Alsco. “We are proud to continue our relationship with the Petty family and it’s business. We’re looking forward to another successful season.”

“Richard Petty Motorsports, and all the companies the Petty family are involved in, want to thank Alsco for their continued support,” said Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer, Richard Petty Motorsports. “Alsco, like us, pride themselves on family values and exceptional service. We are thrilled to continue our partnership this season.”

Alsco will join previously announced primary partners U.S. Air Force and World Wide Technology and major associate sponsor Pioneer Records Management as sponsors of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and of Wallace Jr. The season begins Sunday, February 17 with the Daytona 500 live on FOX.

About Alsco
Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 130 years of business, Alsco provides linen and workwear rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations and more than 20,000 employees, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com.

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 Bubba” Wallace. The team is headquartered in Welcome, N.C. and is supported by primary partners United States Air Force and World Wide Technology.

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

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A Richard Petty Driver Development Team