August 16, 2016

Thad Moffitt, Grandson of Richard Petty, Wins First Stock Car Event

Takes Pole and Checkered in Limited Late Model Race in Anderson, S.C.

\r\nThad Moffitt, the 15-year-old grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, won his first stock car event Saturday night at the Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway.  Moffitt took the pole and then the checkered during Saturday night’s Southeast Limited Late Model Daytona 1 Challenger Series race.\r\n\r\nIn partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Empire Racing Group (ERG) is entering Moffitt in the Southeast Limited Late Model Challenger Series in 2016.  It is the first year of the partnership and Moffitt is now leading the series championship after Saturday night’s win.  Moffitt is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt.  He has previous experience racing quarter midgets and in karting at Ace Speedway.\r\n\r\nMoffitt won the race in the famous family color, Petty Blue.  Moffitt races the No. 46 to continue the Petty family tradition started by his great grandfather Lee racing the No. 42.  The team is supported by Jacob Construction, Design, and Technology, Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch.\r\n\r\n”I wasn’t there, but I have heard all about it,” said Richard Petty.  “Thad has been doing a good job all year of learning the cars and getting better and better. Everything lined up for him on Saturday and he won.  I enjoy anything my grand kids are doing.  I’m just like anyone else, I’m a proud granddaddy.”\r\n\r\n\r\n”This has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, too,” said Moffitt. “I can’t do this without my team and our great supporters that help me.  Nobody has given me any added pressure, it’s been all on myself. Saturday, things just went our way.  I’m getting more experience and this will help my confidence.  I have a great car and crew, so hopefully we can get more wins and a championship.”\r\n\r\nMoffitt will next compete on the Southeast Limited Late Model Challenger Series on September 24.