Thad Moffitt, driver of the #46 Richard Petty's Performance Plus Ford, looks on during practice for the General Tire #AnywhereisPossible 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/ARCA Racing)
Thad Moffitt, driver of the #46 Richard Petty's Performance Plus Ford, looks on during practice for the General Tire #AnywhereisPossible 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/ARCA Racing)

Thad Moffitt Eyes Making Family History at Kentucky


When you’re grandfather is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, and your family tree contains both NASCAR race and series champions, it’s very rare you get to go to a race track where you can make your own family history.

Thad Moffitt will get that chance Saturday.

Moffitt, the grandson of Richard Petty, will become the first family member to race at Kentucky Speedway when he takes the green flag for the General Tire 150 on Saturday.

"After the race, no matter where I finish, I’ll be the highest finishing Petty family member. Ever," said Moffitt with a laugh.

Remarkably, the 19-year-old Trinity, North Carolina, driver is already in his fourth year in the ARCA Menards Series, and will be making his 21st start Saturday. The race is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will air on FS1. Moffitt is off to a solid start; he’s already collected his first two career top fives and sits fifth in points. He’s coming off a fifth-place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

"We jumped over to stock cars when I was 15," Moffitt said in a video conference call this week with the media. "I’ve been adjusting to stuff pretty quickly."

Moffitt said they started out too tight at Lucas Oil, but kept working on the car and had it the fastest it was all night at the end. With his only 1.5-mile track experience coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway (10th in 2019) and Chicagoland Speedway (ninth in 2019), this weekend will be a whole new setup for him.

"It doesn’t seem very close to either one of those," said Moffitt. "I guess we’ll just wing it with our hour of practice and see how it goes.

"There’s a handful of us who have never seen the place from inside the cockpit, but I’ve been running a lot on iRacing and doing sim stuff. Seeing how realistic that is when we get there will be key."

Neither of Moffitt’s DGR Crosley teammates, Hailie Deegan nor Taylor Gray, have raced at Kentucky. Gray finished eighth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series earlier this year. DGR Crosley won the truck race at Kentucky last year with Tyler Ankrum, while the ARCA Menards Series is making its first trip to the track since 2017.

"We’ll lean on each other throughout the weekend," said Moffitt of his teamates. "I think it will just being adapting to the track as fast as we can."

"If we can just keep carrying that momentum. it will result in a good finish this weekend."

Moffitt’s traditional Petty blue No. 46 Richard Petty Signature Series Ford will feature a new look this weekend.

That wasn’t the only good news Moffitt received on the sponsorship front this week.

DGR-Crosley announced Wednesday the CleanPacs brand by Aqua ChemPacs will be the primary sponsor of Moffitt’s No. 46 Ford at Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 26, as well as an associate sponsor for his remaining ARCA races in 2020.