Racing cars isn’t easy, even at the grass roots level. It’s difficult to build a competitive car and get to the race track every weekend and compete. Winning a race, any race, even a heat race in the hobby stock division at your local track is hard to do.
Doing all of the above on a shoestring budget is even harder.
Enter Wayne Peterson, owner of Wayne Peterson Motorsports. The Pulaski, Tennessee has a record in the ARCA Menards Series that dates to the early 1980s. And never once throughout that time has Peterson been graced with the proper funding to go out and compete to win.
Yet Peterson and his team, often a small band of volunteers, showed up more often than not, and they not only put a car on track they did their best to race the full distance and get the best finish they could.
Peterson made the acquaintance of Dave Richmond, who was looking for a team his son Tim could make some starts with in 2019. The Richmond family was looking to come to the track and spend some quality time together, having fun and racing cars. They had some funding, enough to add a composite body car and even a new trailer to the Peterson stable.
Peterson would bring along his expertise to the program, the Richmonds would bring along some equipment and the driver. It was a beneficial relationship for everyone.
Richmond would make 17 starts throughout the season, with 12 finishes among the top-15 and a best finish of eleventh at Toledo. His rookie season may not have been spectacular, but it was steady enough that he earned the respect of his competitors on his way to eighth in the final series standings.
The steady season by Richmond was the basis for Peterson finishing tenth in the final ARCA Menards Series owner’s championship.
Richmond will return to Peterson Motorsports for a full run at the ARCA Menards Series in 2020.
Next up for the ARCA Menards Series is the annual pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11. Sunday, January 12 is reserved as a rain date if needed. Registered users can access free live timing & scoring will be available throughout all on-track sessions on ARCARacing.com.