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NWAAS Performance Plus Race This weekend! race day schedule

Lexi Gay & Thad Moffitt are running the NWAAS LMSC Performance Plus Race this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC!
 
#44 Lexi Gay
#46 Thad Moffitt
 
March 16, 2019 Race Schedule “Performance Plus”
SUNRISE 7:24am – 7:23pm
 
7:00 AM 4:30 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:30 AM NWMT REMAINING HAULERS ENTER
7:45 AM NWMT CREW CHIEF MEETING (SERIES HAULER)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RANDOM DRAW (SERIES HAULER)
8:00 AM NWAAS REGISTRATION OPENS/HAULERS ENTER
8:00 AM NWMT GARAGE OPENS
8:15 AM NWMT INSPECTION BEGINS / TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
8:15 AM NWMT ROOKIE DRIVER / SPOTTERS MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
8:30 AM NWMT DRIVER SAFETY/UPDATE VIDEO (INFIELD BUILDING)
TO FOLLOW NWMT DRIVER HEADSHOTS (INFIELD BUILDING)
9:30 AM SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS MEETING (NWMT SERIES HAULER)
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
10:45 AM 12:00 PM NWAAS PRACTICE (ROTATING)
11:00 AM NWMT DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
TO FOLLOW CHAPEL SERVICE
11:45 AM NWMT DEADLINE TO DESIGNATE TIRE SELECTION
12:10 PM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND (OPTIONAL)
12:15 PM 1:30 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE
1:30 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:35 PM NWAAS DRIVERS MEETING
1:40 PM NWMT DEADLINE TO RETURN CHANGE TIRES TO IMPOUND
1:45 PM NWMT QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS GROUPED BY QUALIFYING GROUPS
2:00 PM NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING (GROUP)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING (GROUP)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS CHARGER QUALIFING (GROUP)
3:00 PM NWMT QUALIFYING (GROUP) IMPOUND
3:40 PM 4:10 PM NWMT DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (ON TRACK)
4:20 PM NWMT PRE RACE CEREMONIES
4:30 PM NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (75 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (20 LAPS)
5:15 PM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND
5:30 PM NWMT RACE (150 LAPS / 80.7 MILES)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS CHARGER RACE (30 LAPS)
 

Race Day Schedule for “Spring Fling” out at Myrtle Beach Speedway

March 2, 2019

Race Schedule “Spring Fling Race”

 

 

9:00 am: PIT GATES OPEN / Tire Area Opens
(10 am: Late Model Race Tires / 10:30 am: Charger Race Tires / 11 am: Super Truck Race Tires)
9:00 am – 11:30 am: ALL CARS MAKE AN EFFORT TO COME THROUGH TECH LINE FOR PRE SEASON
INSPECTION
11:30 am: PRACTICE First Round (15 min each group)
– Late Models

 

 

– Chargers
– Super Trucks
12:30 pm: PRACTICE Second Round (15 min each group)
– Late Models
– Chargers
– Super Trucks
1:00 pm: Late Model TECH (1:15 pm deadline time)
1:30 pm: Vintage Cars Practice (15 min)
2:00 pm: MANDATORY Driver’s Meeting
2:30 pm: QUALIFYING

– Late Models (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group)
– Chargers (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group, top 5 to TECH after)
– Super Trucks (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group, top 5 to TECH after)
3:30 pm: Meet and Greet Session (15-20 min; all cars on front stretch)
4:00 pm: RACING
– Pre-Race (Prayer, National Anthem, Command)
o (all divisions other than Late Models return to the pits)
– Late Models Race One (40 laps)
– Vintage (20 laps)
– Chargers (30 laps)
– Super Trucks (50 laps)
-Late Models Race Two (40 laps)

 

 

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.