Lexi Gay Overcomes Thyroid Cancer to Make ARCA Racing Debut

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Young Driver Ready to Tell Her Story, Inspire Others Through Racing Platform
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2019) – Even before the green flag waves for this weekend’s General Tire Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., racer Lexi Gay is already a winner. Lexi, 18, is a thyroid cancer survivor who wants to inspire others to reach their dreams, no matter what circumstance.

Lexi, a native of Canton, Georgia, recently announced that she will compete in limited starts this year in the ARCA Menards Series with Empire Racing Group (ERG) while also continuing her development in NASCAR Late Model competition. But, before Lexi could get ready for 2019, she had to overcome adversity that almost derailed her promising racing career last year.

During a doctor’s visit in June of 2018, Lexi was informed that her thyroid was enlarged. At first, doctors found nothing too concerning, but routine blood work and initials test did show irregularities. Over the next few months more blood work, ultrasounds and scans were performed. A mass was found on her thyroid and later revealed it was a tumor. This led to yet another round of tests and multiple biopsies to learn more.
    
On October 31, 2018 while traveling for a sponsor appearance, Lexi received the call from her doctor confirming that she had thyroid cancer. She immediate returned home to Georgia for further testing and had surgery in December to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes. Fortunately, the surgery was a success and no additional treatments are needed. Her last body scan indicated she is free of cancer and doctors have cleared her to get back to racing. And, although Lexi will be on thyroid medication for the rest of her life, she is feeling great and her prognosis is excellent. 

“I feel blessed in so many ways,” says Lexi. “I look back at what I went through last year and it was scary and was a lot of emotions that cancer patients or people not feeling well, fight every day. And, now, I’m so fortunate to have that chapter behind me and be back on my path in my racing career. Now that I have this platform of racing, I want to use it to share my personal cancer story with others. I want to be an example of someone who had to overcome an unexpected obstacle in my life to still reach my goal of racing professionally.”

Lexi continues, “There are so many people who fight cancer every day. I want to help them, raise awareness and support them in their fight. Even bigger, I just want to let anyone know that you can overcome adversity and still reach your goals. I hope I can use my time racing professionally as a platform to really spread that message. That’s important to me.”

Lexi, who has risen through the ranks from Bandolero racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to some of the toughest short tracks in the Southeast, racing in ultra-competitive Limited Late Model and Late Model events, is now under the guidance of team leader Mike “Grumpy” Cheek and the team at Empire Racing Group. She makes her ARCA Menards debut this Saturday night with support from Gordo’s Cheese Dip.

“Hopefully this weekend, people can see that I’m racing against everyone else and have reached the next step in my career. Maybe that gives someone who is fighting that extra motivation to keep fighting. If I can evoke that emotion or inspiration, then that’s just as great as winning the race.”

Lexi has shown her competitive abilities in NASCAR Late Models and with her health scare behind her, is now ready for racing in the ARCA Menards Series. You can watch Lexi race this Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET on MAVTV. 

About Gordo’s Cheese Dip
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA., Gordo’s Cheese Dip® is manufactured by family-owned Charley & Sons, Inc. The company is focused on quality, freshness and flavor using the best technology, wholesome ingredients under strict safety control. Made with 100% real cheese, Gordo’s® brings the new taste of Old Mexico home in six delicious flavors.

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 and Harrison Moffitt and Lexi Gay, 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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Contact:
Jeff Dennison
P1 Consulting
Cell: 704-252-3356
jdennison@p1cllc.com

Next Stop… Nashville General Tire, Music City 200 Presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions

 

 

 

Here again is the race day schedule folks!

Schedule of events for the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

Friday, May 3rd

1:00 PM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Garage and Registration Opens
2:00 PM 5:00 PM ARCA Menards Series Credentials
2:00 PM 5:00 PM Optional ARCA Menards Series Haulers Unloading
No haulers inside. All unloading will be in the hauler parking area outside turn #2
All equipment will be brought through the tunnel in back stretch
3:15 PM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Driver Meeting
4:00 PM 7:00 PM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Practice

Saturday, May 4th 

7:30 AM 7:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Credentials
7:30 AM Remaining ARCA Menards Series Hauler Parking
8:00 AM ARCA Menards Series Garage Opens
10:00 AM First Time AMS Driver Meeting in the ARCA Administration Trailer Office
10:30 AM Chapel Service
11:00 AM ARCA Menards Series Driver, Crew Chief and Spotter Meeting and Draw for Qualifying Order
(Required Attendance)
11:15 AM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Driver Meeting
12:00 PM 1:00 PM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Practice
1:15 PM 2:45 PM ARCA Menards Series Practice
3:00 PM ARCA CRA SS / CARS / SSS Qualifying
4:15 PM General Tire Pole Qualifying (All positions / 2 laps)
POST QUALIFYING IMPOUND PROCEDURE IN EFFECT
5:45 PM North South Super Late Model Challenge (100 laps)
7:40 PM ARCA Menards Series Driver Introduction
8:00 PM Start of the Music City 200
(200 laps / 119.2 miles)
Team Haulers WILL NOT be allowed inside post race for loading

>Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use Allowed Only When There is No ARCA Menards Series On-Track Activity

Current 3/12/19 – CDT
Sunrise – 6:25 am
Sunset – 7:13 pm

Sean Corr Spends Lots of Time Out Front at Talladega

Sean Corr (No. 43 NESCO/Navy Seal Foundation Chevrolet) was the man to beat in the early going at Talladega on Friday, earning a pair of special awards for his strong run. Corr picked up the Valvoline Lap Leader award and the Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader award for his time spent at the front of the pack.

Corr lined up eighth following General Tire Pole Qualifying and got off to a very fast start once the green flag flew. The outside lane where Corr was lined up took off quickly and Corr pushed Gus Dean (No. 32 Nu-Calgon Chevrolet) to the lead on the very first lap. Corr found some separation and split Dean three-wide to take the lead on lap five. Corr led a race for the third time in his 50th ARCA Menards Series start, with both previous stints as the race leader coming at Daytona.

The pack began to break apart as Corr clicked off laps at the front and by the time teams were ready to make green flag pit stops, Corr was in front of a pack of just six cars. Corr stayed out just past halfway – ensuring him the Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader award – and got ready to dive to pit road. The rest of the pack behind Corr was much more aggressive in their approach to pit road and the other five drivers all flew past him as they got on the brakes. A crash occurred as the next pack of cars attempted to make their way to pit road and the first caution flag of the day was displayed. When everything cycled through, Corr restarted back in eighth and Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota) assumed the lead.

Gilliland never gave up the lead and went on to win the race while Corr never managed to get back to the front, ultimately finishing as the last car on the lead lap in 15th. Corr led a total of 35 laps – one more than Gilliland’s 34 – and earned the Valvoline Lap Leader award for leading the most laps in the race for the first time in his career.

Corr joins Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) and Gus Dean as the Richmond Water Heaters Halfway Leader award winners thus far in 2019. Self led at halfway at both Pensacola and Salem while Dean was the halfway leader at Daytona.

Self spent most of the day at Talladega attempting to avoid trouble and never led a lap. He still sits atop the Valvoline Lap Leader standings with 140 laps led in 2019. Raphael Lessard (No. 19 FRL Express Chevrolet) holds second with 83 laps led, all coming in his lone start of the season at Pensacola. Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) is in third with 48 laps led and his Venturini Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) is in fourth with 41 laps led. Corr moves into the fifth spot in the standings with his 35 laps led from Talladega.

The ARCA Menards Series heads to the Music City for 200 laps at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on Saturday, May 4. Live television coverage will be carried on MAVTV starting at 9:00 PM Eastern/8:00 PM Central. Zane Smith led 120 laps and wound up in victory lane in this event one year ago.

-Courtesy of ARCA Racing Presented by Menards.

The King autographed 2 race cars hoods so they can be auctioned off along with a hood signed by every ARCA Menards Racing Series driver from Talladega Superspeedway to support and raise awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation

The King autographed 2 race cars hoods so they can be auctioned off along with a hood signed by every ARCA Menards Racing Series driver from Talladega Superspeedway to support and raise awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation ; thank you Richard Petty for your support!

Discounted tickets for the ARCA Series Music City 200 Presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions race, May 4th!

The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is selling discounted tickets to the ARCA Racing Series Music City 200 race event on Saturday, May 4th. This presale ends 5/3/2019 11:59:00 PM EST. The Music City 200 race will air live on MAVTV, 8PM EST! Watch for the #46 Thad Moffitt and #44 Lexi Gay!!

A Richard Petty Driver Development Team