MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Korbin Forrister looks to use his dirt racing talents to drive the Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team No. 43 Tilted Kilt/The Center for Advanced Rehab at Parkside Ford F-150 to victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 20.
Sliding on dirt tracks comes naturally to Forrister, an experienced dirt racer who began racing at age 15, racking up over 100 starts in Limited Late Model, Crate Late Model and Sportsman division races. Forrister has accumulated dozens of starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and ARCA Racing Series combined, as he continues to build his racing career through the ranks.
In two previous starts at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Forrister has two top-25 finishes and hopes to improve in his third start on the half-mile dirt oval located in Rossburg, Ohio.
“Having a background in racing on dirt gives you a feel for the track and the fundamentals of dirt racing,” Forrister said. “I’ve raced the truck race at Eldora Speedway the past two years and now I can take what I’ve learned to put it all together for this year.”
This year, Forrister hopes to maintain good track position and remain consistent over the race, “Last year we were hit-or-miss. We started well, the middle wasn’t great, but we finished decent. This year I want to be more consistent every lap and try to improve over the course of the race to get a good finish for the team.”
Making his first start with Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Forrister’s years of experience on dirt tracks will bring a unique advantage to the Richard Petty Motorsports Development team.
Forrister added, “We put this deal together about one-and-a-half to two weeks ago and everyone at Empire Racing Group has been thrashing to get this truck put together. We’ve got a good piece to go get a good finish at Eldora. This is a really great group of guys and I’m really thankful to have the opportunity to be with them.”
Wednesday night’s race will be only the second start of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for the No. 43 truck, bringing a heightened level of excitement for the Empire Racing Group and Richard Petty Motorsports teams. The iconic No. 43 piloted by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty now extends its legacy into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, allowing young drivers to carry the famed number as they race alongside some of the biggest names in motorsports.
With only a couple of weeks of preparation time for Wednesday’s race, Forrister thanks the sponsors who have come on board and the team for their hard work. “They’re what made this possible. I’m not racing a full season this year, so I’m fortunate for every race I can get the opportunity to be in.”
The No. 43 Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team Ford F-150 hits the track on Wednesday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN.
About Empire Racing Group
Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group 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 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, Empire Racing Group will be serving as a developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, as well as public relations and marketing needs. RPM will also utilize ERG for developing full pit crew for opportunities within the RPM organization. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at various local short tracks. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, Thad Moffitt, and now another rising star Korbin Forrister, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.
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