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Faction46 Looking To Make Amends Alongside Petty’s Garage After Daytona Disappointment

Published 02/21/2024, 4:09 PM EST

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The newest NASCAR Truck Series team, Faction46, will be back on track this weekend with Petty’s Garage serving as the primary sponsor for their No. 46 truck. Piloting the Chevy Silverado will be Thad Moffitt. The 23-year-old driver will be looking to come back after the disheartening finish at Daytona, where he was caught up in a wreck just 15 laps into the race.

It’s the first full-time schedule for Moffitt in the Truck Series on the back of his ARCA adventures. Going into the next race, the #46 Silverado truck will be draped in blue-white paint schemes as Petty’s Garage will make its debut as the sponsor for the team at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Qualification has been a strong suit for the team early on in the season, and they are looking to play to their strengths in their next race.

Moffitt eyeing a comeback at Atlanta

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The newly paved Atlanta Motor Speedway is an intermediate track with high banking curves. So going into the race, Thad Moffitt will look to learn from his shortcomings in the season’s opener at Daytona. It was a wreck fest, and unfortunately, for Moffitt and his team, they found themselves on the receiving end of the very first incident.

Expressing his mixed feelings after the Daytona debut, the driver via Faction46 said, “We really had the highs and lows of Daytona all in one day. We had a lot of speed for qualifying and made the second round our first time out and put the truck in the top-10. In the race, you just had guys pushing too hard and the next thing I know I’m turned around and our Customers Bank Chevrolet was wrecked out. That was disappointing to only make a few laps and not prove ourselves in the race.”

Despite the unfortunate results at Daytona, Faction46 is excited about the next task at hand. Moreover, they will have Petty’s Garage sponsoring their ride. Petty’s Garage is pumping out some cool stuff. I have my Chevrolet Camaro that has Petty’s Garage performance parts and upgrades. It’s fast! I think a lot of people don’t know what they are doing at Petty’s Garage, and we need people to check them out,” Moffitt added.

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For Moffitt, racing in NASCAR will come with additional expectations as he is the grandson of seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty.

Moffitt looking to continue his family’s legacy in NASCAR

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The 23-year-old is looking to climb the ranks and hopefully reach the top level of stock car racing. He has a limited number of races under his belt in the Truck Series, but he has learned the tricks of the trade in the ARCA Menards Series. Having made his ARCA debut in April 2017, Moffitt reached his peak during the 2021 season, where he finished 4th in the championship standings.

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However, with a jump to a full-time schedule now under Fcation46, the young driver is looking to make a name for himself. Looking forward to the Atlanta race this weekend, he said, “We should qualify up front again. Doug (crew chief Doug George) and the team know how to build speed into our truck, and then we can adjust in the race. We just need to get the laps in and have a solid day.”

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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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