Layne Riggs turns into youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence Nationwide Champion

Layne Riggs turns into youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence Nationwide Champion

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2022) – In a battle that got here right down

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2022) – In a battle that got here right down to the ultimate weekend of competitors, 20-year-old Layne Riggs beat out defending titlist Peyton Sellers to turn out to be the youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence 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 prime over Sellers by 4 factors to win the nationwide championship.

Sellers was beforehand the youngest Weekly Sequence champion, profitable in 2005 at 21-years-old.

“Congratulations to Layne on changing into the youngest Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence nationwide champion,” mentioned Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Growth and Technique. “Layne really exemplified what grassroots racing means in NASCAR by profiting from his alternatives to race and develop within the sport this season.”

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Riggs didn’t begin the 2022 season with the purpose of racing for a weekly collection nationwide championship, however when the workforce opened the season with a string of wins at South Boston Speedway, the plan modified.  Encouragement from their fellow rivals led the small, family-owned workforce run by his father Scott – and former NASCAR Cup Sequence driver – to rethink their focus and purpose in direction of the championship.

“When you had requested me eight, 9 months in the past what I used to be going to do, it wasn’t going to be going after a nationwide championship,” mentioned Layne. “I’m simply happy with my workforce and all the things we’ve carried out to have the ability to get this win. We’ve labored laborious. We actually, actually needed it.”

Scott added, “We simply knew that going for one thing like a championship with NASCAR could be one thing that may imply a lot for Layne’s future.”

In between race weekends, Riggs is a third-year scholar on the College of North Carolina at Charlotte, learning mechanical engineering. Moreover, he ran a pair of NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence races, recording a seventh-place end result at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in his NASCAR nationwide collection debut.

“It’s been robust making an attempt to run all these races and concentrate on schoolwork on the similar time, however I’ve managed, it’s been a tricky street,” added Layne.

“We congratulate Layne on making historical past because the youngest champion of the NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence,” mentioned Jason McDonell, Advance’s government vice chairman of merchandising, advertising and e-commerce. “The dedication proven by Layne and his racing workforce this season really embodies the fervour that exists within the sport of brief observe racing. We’re excited to crown Layne as our champion, and we look ahead to following his racing profession for years to come back.”

Layne Riggs turns into youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence Nationwide Champion
Layne Riggs (proper) discusses changes to his automobile together with his father, Scott Riggs (left) throughout a break in follow at a NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence occasion in 2022 at South Boston Speedway. (Joe Chandler/South Boston Speedway)

Riggs offers credit score for the success this season to his dad’s assist on the workforce, saying, “He’s simply as deserving as I’m.”

However Scott mentioned the volunteer-run workforce was motivated by a ardour and love for racing, in addition to a perception of their younger driver’s abilities.

“Everybody on the automobile is a volunteer,” Scott mentioned. “Everybody that’s concerned has regular jobs and work all week, then takes time away from their households to race Friday and Saturday night time to push for the championship. And it’s simply been actually overwhelming to have so many people who find themselves so dedicated to our workforce.”

“When you don’t have the folks and the sponsors to have the ability to assist the expertise, it’s laborious to showcase what you are able to do.”

Along with profitable the Weekly Sequence nationwide championship, Riggs additionally gained the Southeast Area title, 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 outcomes.

The entire listing of regional and state Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence champions and Jostens Rookie of the 12 months awards, in addition to the champions of the opposite nationwide divisions, will likely be launched within the coming days.

About NASCAR

The Nationwide Affiliation for Inventory Automotive Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) is the sanctioning physique for the No. 1 type of motorsports in the USA and proprietor of 16 of the nation’s main motorsports leisure amenities. NASCAR consists of three nationwide collection (NASCAR Cup Sequence™, NASCAR Xfinity Sequence™, and NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence™), 4 regional collection (ARCA Menards Sequence™, ARCA Menards Sequence East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™), one native grassroots collection (NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence™) and three worldwide collection (NASCAR Pinty’s Sequence™, NASCAR Mexico Sequence™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Sequence™). The Worldwide Motor Sports activities Affiliation™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports activities automobile collection. NASCAR additionally owns Motor Racing Community, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based mostly in Daytona Seashore, Florida, with places of work in eight cities throughout North America, NASCAR sanctions greater than 1,200 races in additional than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For extra data go to www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and observe NASCAR on Fb, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Advance Auto Elements

Advance Auto Elements, Inc. is a number one automotive aftermarket components supplier that serves each skilled installer and do-it-yourself clients. As of July 16, 2022 Advance operated 4,724 shops and 312 Worldpac branches primarily inside the USA, with extra areas in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The corporate additionally served 1,329 independently owned Carquest branded shops throughout these areas along with Mexico and numerous Caribbean islands. Extra details about Advance, together with employment alternatives, buyer companies, and on-line searching for components, equipment and different choices could be discovered at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

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