Thad Moffitt will make his fourth ARCA Racing Series start this weekend at the legendary Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennesee. Moffitt, 17, comes into the 200-lap race more prepared than ever in his young career. He competed in three ARCA races in 2017, progressively getting better and finishing 11th at the tough short track in Indianapolis in his last start.”We were one lap away from a Top-10 in Indianapolis,” said Moffitt about his last ARCA start. “We had a great race, but I think I had more confidence after racing both Nashville and Toledo in the ARCA Racing Series. I just learned a lot last year and feel that I can use that knowledge this weekend coming back to the Fairgrounds Speedway.”
In preparation for Saturday night’s race, Moffitt and his Empire Racing team tested last Friday at the track. Moffitt was pleased leaving the track.
“Yeah, as a team, we really learned a lot,” continued Moffitt. “We need to find a little more speed for this weekend, but we have a really solid Performance Plus car. This track is fast, and tire wear is important. I love racing on the General Tire racing tires we have. We just need to be smart, save our tires and be there at the end.”
Last year, Moffitt made his ARCA Racing Series debut in this race. He qualified and finished 16th after racing inside the Top-15 throughout the night. The team returns Saturday with primary sponsor Performance Plus Motor Oil on the hood and sides of the No. 46 and associate sponsors Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch.
Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion from Trinity, North Carolina, 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 a Late Model on the ARCA Racing Series. A high school student, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather (“The King” Richard Petty) and also watching his uncle, Kyle Petty, race.
About Performance Plus
Performance Plus is a premium brand of lubricants that provides superior quality and unmatched performance at a competitive price. Performance Plus products use conventionally refined oils and proprietary twice-refined oils, blended with industry-leading additives, to meet and exceed industry certifications, licenses, approvals and OEM warranty requirements. With more than 30 years of innovation, research and testing, Performance Plus formulations are relied on by some of the largest commercial fleets and U.S. military combat vehicles, as well as race teams at events across North America. Visit PerformancePlusOils.com.
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, North Carolina, and is supported by primary partners Click n’ Close, STP, Smithfield Foods and the United States Air Force.
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
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 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 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.