Thad Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, will make his full-time series debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Faction46. A new team owned by Lane Moore, owner of Venture Food Stores, and will have an alliance with Niece Motorsports. Veteran Truck Series crew chief Doug George will lead the team next season.
Moffitt and Petty presented the livery of the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado today during the Petty Museum Christmas Cruise-In at the historic Petty’s Garage in Level Cross, N.C. The move for Moffitt comes at a time when the Petty family celebrates 75 years of racing in 2024.
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“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Moffitt said. “I’m thrilled that Lane has put his trust in me to begin this new venture with him in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Faction46. This past year, I had a full season in the Trans Am Series, but I always wanted to have the opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR and begin in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I’m pretty pumped up about this opportunity.”
The team will also be joined by primary sponsors Customers Bank, Safety-Kleen, Joe Jurgielewicz & Son – Americas Tastiest Duck and Pristine Auction. Induction Innovations and Best Working Wipes also join the team as associate partners.
Moore is currently building a retail program with his Venture Food Stores that can help brands and products reach over 800 stores in key NASCAR markets through the race program. This allows Moffitt to have the most competitive season in his young NASCAR career.
“I’ve enjoyed working and getting to know the Petty family and Thad,” Moore said. “It all accumulated to this day and the beginning of Faction46 and what I hope to be a long stay in NASCAR. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series offers some of the best, most exciting racing for both young and seasoned drivers. I’m proud to be part of the series with Thad as we earn the respect of the other teams. I have to thank Niece Motorsports for their assistance in helping us as we grow.”
Moffitt, 23, returns to the NASCAR ranks, where he had success in the ARCA Menard Series in 2021. Moffitt netted five top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes to earn fourth place in the series standings. Moffitt made four starts in the Truck Series, running the first three races of the 2022 season, and returned later that year to compete at Knoxville Raceway.
Faction46 will debut at the Fresh From Florida 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 16 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).