Meet Richard Petty’s Grandson, Thad Moffitt: His Net Worth, Family, and Relationship

Published 12/10/2023, 10:49 PM EST

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It’s not uncommon to see second or third-generation racers in NASCAR. Over the years, there have been several such drivers who have been successful. The most popular names that come to mind are Dale Earnhardt Jr and Chase Elliott. Having a race car driver as a parent or grandparent has made it easier for some to get into the sport, but the pressure of expectations and comparisons comes along. Especially if one is related to an all-time great like the 7-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty. Now, his grandson, Thad Moffitt, is one such driver in NASCAR.

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Thad Moffitt isn’t the first driver related to Richard Petty who has delved into the world of racing. His son, Kyle Petty, used to be a full-time driver in the Cup Series. Another one of his grandsons, Adam Petty, was also supposed to have a long career in motorsports but tragically passed away due to an accident during a practice session for the Busch 200 race in New Hampshire in 2000. It looks like Thad Moffitt is currently the only person to carry the Petty legacy into NASCAR, and here is a deep dive into his life.

Who is Thad Moffitt?

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Born in 2000, 23-year-old Thad Moffitt has always had a love for going fast. Be it on a jet ski, a dirt bike, or even a lawnmower, The fact that he had the King’s blood coursing through his veins was evident. Thad Moffitt had attended Wheatmore High School before deciding to switch to online schooling to focus on his motorsports career.

Racing was not the only thing Thad Moffitt was interested in growing up. He might have loved motorsports more than anything else, but he did play organized sports like football. “I still love football, baseball, basketball, and all sports, but nothing is as much fun as racing,” Moffitt said as per his website.

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What is Thad Moffitt’s net worth?

He might only be starting his full-time career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but Thad Moffitt is no stranger to motorsports. He has won a Limited Late Model championship before and, as per Wikilogy, has a net worth of $1.5 million as of 2023.

Meet Thad Moffit’s Family

Thad Moffitt was born on September 12, 2000, into a racing family. His father, Brian Moffitt, is the CEO of Petty’s Garage and served in the same position for 26 years for the former race team, Richard Petty Motorsports. Brian was always a close associate of the King. Thad’s mother is Richard Petty’s youngest daughter, Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. She is the Executive Director at the Petty Family Foundation.

His Relation to NASCAR King Richard Petty?

Thad Moffitt is the grandson of seven-time Cup Series champion Richard Petty. He is all set to begin his full-time career in the Truck Series in 2024 and will be the latest racer to carry the Petty legacy into NASCAR. “I may not have the last name ‘Petty,’ but I’m as Petty as they come,” he said, according to his website.

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Thad Moffit’s Early Racing Career

The 23-year-old decided to take racing seriously after he had transitioned from quarter-midgets to go-karts at the age of 14. As per his website, Thad Moffitt took part in races in different divisions at the Ace Speedway, Liberty Raceway Park, Stateline Speedway, and Colridge Raceway. 2016 saw Richard Petty’s grandson switch to Limited Late Models, and he won the Southeast Limited Late Model Series before making the switch to Late Models.

While the switch was fast, Moffitt found success, and before long, the 23-year-old made his debut in the ARCA Menards Series in 2017. He made his debut with Empire Racing in Nashville. His best year in the competition was 2021 with David Gilliland Racing. Thad earned 12 top-ten and 5 top-five finishes to finish P4 in the championship.

In 2022, the 23-year-old made his debut in the NASCAR Truck Series for Reaume Brothers Racing and managed a P18 finish in his first race at Daytona. In 2023, Moffitt raced full-time in the Trans Am Series for TeamSLR in the TA2 class. On his route to finishing P7 in the class standings, he picked up six top tens, including a P2 finish at the Detroit Street Circuit. Thad Moffitt will make his full-time debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2024 with Faction46, driving the #46 Truck with Doug George as his crew chief.

What are Thad Moffitt’s achievements?

The grandson will be expected to win multiple races and championships, and Thad Moffitt has done that despite being in the early years of his career. The 23-year-old showed just how good he is at Limited Late Model racing when he won the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Series in the Challenger Division.

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Does Thad Moffitt have a girlfriend?

Going by the posts on his Instagram account, Thad Moffitt seems to be in a relationship with Lauren Wellborn. Lauren is the owner of the online fashion shop Lneilly. His career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is only beginning, and there will be high expectations for the 23-year-old, for obvious reasons.

 

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Will he be able to live up to the hype? Only time will tell.

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Nilavro Ghosh

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