Ernie Irvan celebrating 25 years of winning the Daytona 500

ernie+irvanErnie Irvan will be celebrating 25 years since winning the Daytona 500 this year at the Daytona 500 race scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at Daytona International speedway. Nascar will honor Irvan

Irvan is a retired American stock car racing driver. A former competitor in NASCAR, he is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury at Michigan International Speedway. He is inducted in numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.


In February 1991, Irvan drove the Morgan-McClure Chevrolet to victory in the Daytona 500, stock car racing‘s most prestigious and then most lucrative race. After a series of concussions in the late 1990s, Irvan retired from racing in 1999

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.

Austin Hill teams up with Empire Racing and Grumpy’s Performance

Austin HillFor immediate release, October 14th, 2015,(Mooresville, NC)

K&N driver, Austin Hill, has once again teamed with Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance. Team organizers have been working on a 3-race deal to carry both Hill and team ERG to finish the 2015 year race season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Hill will field Empire Racing’s Ford F-150 truck in the NCWTS events at Talladega on October 24th and Martinsville on October 31st.  ERG will support Breast Cancer Awareness Month for both racing events.

Also on-board at Talladega and Martinsville will be, Doug Herbert’s, “Putting on the B.R.A.K.E.S” defense driving school foundation.

“Partnering with ERG is a great way to advocate, raise awareness and educate the NASCAR fans and their families about B.R.A.K.E.S. “, Doug Herbert said.  Comment from Doug

More info to come soon!

B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation


Sean Corr Prepares For Super Dirt Week! Syracuse, NY

 Sean Corr's dirt carSYRACUSE, N.Y. – October 7-11, 2015

“The State of New York has made a 10-year commitment to Super DIRT Week to keep the event in Central New York,” DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “We are excited to announce today Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings will be the new home for Super DIRT Week after this year’s ‘Finale at the Fairgrounds.’”

The joint announcement today at the fairgrounds, where the gates open next Wednesday for this year’s event, is the next step in a plan between Super DIRT Week and the State of New York to move the event to a new, state-of-the-art facility that is currently under construction about 20 minutes north of Syracuse.

“After next week’s 44th NAPA Super DIRT Week, our team is looking forward to the challenge of bringing Super DIRT Week, the Super DIRTcar Series and its fans to a brand new venue,” Carter said. “We are eager for our entire staff, from ticketing to operations, to begin working on next year’s event as soon as the checkered flag waves on this year’s Syracuse 200.”

Sean Corr will be piloting his 2015 Shelby Mustang Sunday at Syracruse Fairgrounds for the final Dirt Week that will be run at this venue. Corr, who is a veteran dirt car driver and owner of Empire Racing Group will run for the win at the one mile track.

A Richard Petty Driver Development Team