DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2022) – In a combat that got here right down to the overall weekend of pageant, 20-year-old Layne Riggs beat out protecting titlist Peyton Sellers to turn into the youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion in collection historical past.
After this previous weekend’s races at Motor Mile Speedway (Fairlawn, Virginia) and Dominion Raceway (Woodford, Virginia), Riggs got here out on peak over Sellers through 4 issues to win the nationwide championship.
Sellers used to be in the past the youngest Weekly Series champion, profitable in 2005 at 21-years-old.
“Congratulations to Layne on becoming the youngest Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion,” stated Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy. “Layne truly exemplified what grassroots racing means in NASCAR by taking advantage of his opportunities to race and grow in the sport this season.”
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Riggs didn’t get started the 2022 season with the objective of racing for a weekly collection nationwide championship, but if the crew opened the season with a string of wins at South Boston Speedway, the plan modified. Encouragement from their fellow competition led the small, family-owned crew run through his father Scott – and previous NASCAR Cup Series motive force – to rethink their center of attention and goal in opposition to the championship.
“If you had asked me eight, nine months ago what I was going to do, it wasn’t going to be going after a national championship,” stated Layne. “I’m just proud of my team and everything we’ve done to be able to get this win. We’ve worked hard. We really, really wanted it.”
Scott added, “We just knew that going for something like a championship with NASCAR would be something that would mean so much for Layne’s future.”
In between race weekends, Riggs is a third-year scholar on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, learning mechanical engineering. Additionally, he ran a couple of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, recording a seventh-place end result at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in his NASCAR nationwide collection debut.
“It’s been tough trying to run all these races and focus on schoolwork at the same time, but I’ve managed, it’s been a tough road,” added Layne.
“We congratulate Layne on making history as the youngest champion of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series,” stated Jason McDonell, Advance’s govt vp of vending, advertising and marketing and e-commerce. “The commitment shown by Layne and his racing team this season truly embodies the passion that exists in the sport of short track racing. We are excited to crown Layne as our champion, and we look forward to following his racing career for years to come.”
Riggs provides credit score for the luck this season to his dad’s give a boost to at the crew, pronouncing, “He’s just as deserving as I am.”
But Scott stated the volunteer-run crew used to be motivated through a zeal and love for racing, in addition to a trust of their younger motive force’s abilities.
“Everyone on the car is a volunteer,” Scott stated. “Everyone that is involved has normal jobs and work all week, then takes time away from their families to race Friday and Saturday night to push for the championship. And it’s just been really overwhelming to have so many people who are so committed to our team.”
“If you don’t have the people and the sponsors to be able to support the talent, it’s hard to showcase what you can do.”
In addition to profitable the Weekly Series nationwide championship, Riggs additionally gained the Southeast Region name, in addition to the observe championship at South Boston Speedway.
Riggs tallied a complete of 43 begins between Dominion Raceway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, South Boston Speedway and Wake County Speedway. He recorded 16 wins with 30 top-five and 38 top-10 effects.
The entire record of regional and state Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champions and Jostens Rookie of the Year awards, in addition to the champions of the opposite nationwide divisions, shall be launched within the coming days.
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