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May 19, 2016 – Thad Moffitt, For Immediate Release

Thad Moffitt, grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Richard Petty, and the No. 46 Transportation Impact team will look to keep last weekend’s momentum going through the approaching off-weekend. Last weekend proved to be a step in the right direction for the Empire Racing Group imageteam. In the first race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway this season, Moffitt showed some speed on the track. The team made some adjustments to the car, and Moffitt turned lap times faster than the leader, but time was not on the No. 46 team’s side. They brought home a second-place finish. This is Moffitt’s highest finish of the 2016 season. He finished eighth in the second race of the evening. The team came off a struggle with engine troubles occurring in the last practice and qualifying run at Caraway Speedway the previous weekend, but, the No. 46 team will return to Caraway Speedway May 28th to compete and look for their first win. In the first five races of the season, the No. 46 team has three Top-Five finishes and two Top-Ten finishes. Moffitt currently sits first in points in the SELLMS Series.The team hopes to continue to build on their success and be a contender for victory in the upcoming events. In June, the No. 46 team will run at Hickory Speedway, ACE Speedway, Myrtle Beach, and Bowman Gray Stadium. “I feel really good and am excited about the way our team and car are working and running,” says Moffitt. “I think our momentum will carry our team’s confidence into the next race. I don’tsee the off-weekend as being something to stop us. We are really excited for what the rest ofthe season has in-store. We’ve overcome some obstacles, and I think we can handle whatever else is thrown our way and hopefully take home a checkered flag soon.”

About Empire Racing Group

Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a development team that strivesto 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 Mo3tt, and Harrison Mo3tt, aswell as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit

Dylan Martin to Pilot Empire Racing Group Entry in Nashville Speedway’s ARCA 200

Martin Secured Seventh-Place Finish in Late Model Debut for ERG at Caraway Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 04, 2016) – Empire Racing Group (ERG) is excited to announce short track racer Dylan Martin will pilot the team’s entry in the Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, April 9. Martin and ERG previously partnered together during the January ARCA tests at Daytona International Speedway and for Martin’s first Late Model race at Caraway Speedway in early March.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Nashville with Dylan,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, team crew chief. “We had a great test there a couple of weeks ago. Dylan got right up to speed and has shown a lot of promise with our Late Model program. I think he’ll be a factor in this upcoming race and people will start to know his name.”

Martin, an 18-year-old driver from Lakeland, Fla., previously competed in Motocross, Quarter Midgets, Pro Trucks and Super Late Models. He made his first laps in an ARCA car during the series’ January test at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished eighth on the speed charts on the final day of testing. The upcoming race at the Fairgrounds Speedway will be his first start at the 0.596-mile track.

“The Daytona test will definitely be helpful in preparing for the Nashville race,” explained Martin. “The two tracks are different but it’s nice having that experience in the ARCA car. They are so different from anything I’ve driven before, so just having that track time is extremely valuable to me.”

“We had the opportunity to go up and test at Nashville a couple weeks prior to this race and it went really well,” he continued. “The track is a fast one and turns three and four are a little tricky with a big bump waiting for drivers at the end of four, so getting to experience that prior to race weekend has been great.”

Martin also made his Late Model debut with ERG recently, as he and the team competed in Caraway Speedway’s 150 Lap Season Opener on March 6. Martin and the team overcame multiple obstacles throughout the weekend, including an engine change on race day, limited practice time and Martin’s first experience with live pit stops. However, the team never gave up and earned a seventh place finish when all was said and done.

“The Caraway race was really good for us as a team,” said Martin. “We’ve only been together for a short amount of time and going through all those challenges really brought us together fast. It was a cool thing to see and be a part of.”

The Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway is set to to go green on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. CDT. To learn more about the group and keep up on all ERG news, visit


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Empire Racing Group with Richard Petty Motorsports Partners for Driver Development Program, Partnership With Empire Racing Team in 2016 Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 4th, 2016) – Richard Petty Motorsports with Empire Racing Group has partnered to form an alliance for ERG’s current driver development program for the 2016 season.  Empire will field one limited late model stock car and one late model stock car this weekend at Caraway Speedway for the 51st Season Opener Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm. Driver line-up for this race will be Thad Moffitt and Dylan Martin. Moffitt, a 15-year-old native from Randolph County will sport ERG’s No. 46 Ford Mustang in his first-ever limited late model stock car race. Moffitt, is the son of Brian and Rebecca Moffitt and the grandson of Richard Petty. The ERG car will adorn the same style as it has appeared on the historic Richard Petty Motorsports race car. This will be the first partnership in the late model stock car series for Richard Petty Motorsports. The car will run the iconic colors of RPM with Transportation Impact and Jacob Construction, Design, and Technology as the main sponsors.

The second of the two late model stock cars will be driven by Dylan Martin. Martin will be at the wheel of ERG’s No. 82 Ford Mustang in the Whelen All-American series race at Caraway on Sunday. Dylan started racing Midgets around the age of 10 and has a very strong passion for becoming the next best race car driver ever. He had tried different sports but nothing felt quite right. Racing is where he is most comfortable. Dylan realized very quickly in his racing career that the only way to find success was to surround himself with a hardworking knowledgeable team and that he did. The 18-year-old will run his first-ever late model stock car race on Sunday in the 150 lap race. The car will run Blackwater as the main sponsor.

The team will be led by Empire Racing Group Crew Chief Michael Cheek.  The 2016 season will be the 20th anniversary of Cheek’s first run with the No. 43 truck.  After leading the team as crew chief for driver Rich Bickle as part of the Petty Enterprises stable, the Petty family and Cheek will once again team up to put the truck on track.

“I am excited to once again partner with Richard Petty and his organization for the 2016 race season,” said Cheek. “Together, we have the opportunity to put great drivers in this truck and keep our machine at the front of the field.  We have a lot of great things planned for this season, and we’re excited to see where this program will take both race teams.”

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About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, 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. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the “Fresh from Florida” campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports will also field the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with driver Jeb Burton in his first full-time season. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

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About Empire Racing

Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a driver-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 drivers Sean Corr (team owner) and Mason Mitchell, 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 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, the team will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series as well as Southeast Limited Late Model Series at various local short tracks. Most recently, ERG has formed an alliance with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to be RPM’s Driver-Development team. RPM will provide to ERG technical support, driver coaching as well as public relations and marketing needs. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, Jared Irvan, and Thadd Moffitt as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit

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.