Grandson of Richard Petty wins first stock car race

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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.