thad moffitt

Richard Petty Motorsports

Thad Moffitt, Richard Petty’s grandson, makes Daytona debut in ARCA test

Leave a comment

Thad Moffitt, grandson of seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty, is the latest member of the Petty family to pilot a car at Daytona International Speedway.

Moffitt, 17, made his Daytona debut Friday in an ARCA Racing Series test session driving a No. 46 Ford for Empire Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports’ driver development team.

Moffitt, the oldest son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt, will compete in three ARCA races this year.

He made his series debut last year and made three starts. His best finish was 11th at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

The ARCA season begins Feb. 10 at Daytona. Moffitt would be the first member of the Petty family to race at Daytona since Kyle Petty competed in the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Richard Petty won 10 points races at Daytona, including a record seven Daytona 500 victories. His father, Lee Petty, won the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.

Moffitt’s 2018 plans include competing in Late Model events and CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour races.

In 2016, Moffitt won the championship in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series.

Grandson of Richard Petty making ARCA debut this weekend in Nashville

ARCA Racing Series
3 Comments

Thad Moffitt, the 16-year-old grandson of Richard Petty, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday.

Moffitt, the oldest son of Brian and Rebecca Moffitt, will debut in the ARCA Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. He will drive the No. 46 car for Empire Racing Group, a Richard Petty Motorsports development team, with primary sponsorship from Transportation Impact.

Moffitt is coming off a 2016 in which he won the championship in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series.

He won his first race in the series last August.

“I love racing, being at the track and just learning and trying to get better each race,” Moffitt said in a press release. “The ERG team has been great, and I’ve had a lot of fun with them in the late model. They have a good ARCA program, and I really wanted to make my debut in this series. A lot of great drivers have raced in ARCA, and Uncle Kyle (Petty) and (cousin) Adam (Petty) have both won in this series. It makes me really want to follow in their footsteps. But, this is a learning process, too. I’m excited and ready, but I have a lot to learn.”

Moffitt will work with crew chief Mike Cheek, who supervised the driver in a test at Nashville.

“Thad has a lot of passion to follow in the footsteps of his family,” Cheek said in the press release. “He has won a championship in a limited late model and in just a few races in a NASCAR Late Model, he has shown his talents. He did well during the ARCA test, and no matter the result, this will be great experience at a young age.”

The Music City 200 will also include the North-South Shootout with the Southern Super Series and the ARCA CRA Super Series combo race.

“There’s a big feel difference, especially coming off the corner,” Moffitt said comparing the ARCA car to what he drove last year. “The ARCA cars have so much more horsepower. I was spinning my tires bad, but I learned to feed it gas as I go … then I picked up speed.

“Nashville’s an amazing track. I learned that it’s got multiple grooves. You could enter low and let it push up and bring it back down coming off. But once the tires got to 75 laps or so, you could pretty much run the second groove all the way around. I love the banking in that track … the way it sucks you into the corner.”

The ARCA Music City 200 will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET Saturday on MAV TV

 and on Facebook

Grandson of Richard Petty wins late model championship

Richard Petty Motorsports
1 Comment

The 16-year-old grandson of NASCAR legend Richard Petty won his first stock car championship last weekend.

Thad Moffitt, oldest son of Brian and Rebecca Moffitt, claimed the championship in the Southeast Limited Late Model Daytona 1 Challenger Series last Friday.

Moffitt finished fifth in a race at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina to clinch the title. The championship comes in Moffitt’s first season on the tour after previously competing in go-karts and quarter midgets. Moffitt’s season was the result of a partnership between Richard Petty Motorsports and the Empire Racing Group, a driver-development team.

“I have to thank Empire Racing Group and everyone involved to make this happen,” said Moffitt in a press release. “Growing up around racing, it really gets in your blood. It’s all I think about and all I want to do. It’s awesome to win a championship in my first year in a stock car. I just want to get better and better.”

Moffitt drove the No. 46 this season which continues the family tradition that began with his great-grandfather Lee Petty driving the No. 42. Moffitt won his first race back in August.

“It feels good to carry on the family tradition,” Moffitt said. “You try not to think about it. I’m just proud to race the family color and put the 46 on the side of the car. I have plans to take the next step, but I’ll work with my family and with Empire Racing Group on what that may be.”

Said Petty: “He did pretty good for his first year. He has a real passion for this, so who knows how far it can take him. He’s pretty determined.”

Grandson of Richard Petty wins first stock car race

Richard Petty Motorsports
1 Comment

A member of the Petty family made some personal history last weekend with their first stock-car victory.

Thad Moffitt, 15-year-old grandson of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty, drove to a win Saturday night in the Southeast Limited Late Model Daytona 1 Challenger Series at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, South Carolina.

Moffitt, the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt, is in his first season in the series and won from the pole.

“This has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, too,” Moffitt said in a release. “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.”

Even though The King wasn’t in attendance, Petty said he was a “proud granddaddy.”

“Thad has been doing a good job all year of learning the cars and getting better and better,” Petty said in the press release. “Everything lined up for him on Saturday and he won. I enjoy anything my grandkids are doing.”

Moffitt leads the series points standings and will be back on track Sept. 24.

Thad Moffitt, grandson of Richard Petty, making stock-car debut this weekend

(Richard Petty Motorsports)
6 Comments

The name’s different, but the blood in Thad Moffitt is historic.

Moffitt is the grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and will be making his stock car racing debut Sunday.

The 15-year-old will drive the No. 46 Ford Mustang, complete with the “Petty Blue” paint scheme, in a limited late model at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina, as part of a partnership between Richard Petty Motorsports and the Empire Racing Group.

Moffitt is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt and has gotten his racing feet wet by competing in quarter midgets and karting.

But Petty won’t be able to attend his grandson’s first foray into the stock-car world. He’ll be in Las Vegas for the Kobalt 400.

“Thad is a true rookie this weekend,” Richard Petty said in a release. “This is (his) first time in a heavy stock car with others cars around him during a race. He’s pretty excited, and I’m really proud of him. I just hate that I’m going to miss it. We haven’t talked a lot about it. We’re just letting him go out and learn the process, and we’ll support him and help him grow.”