DAYTONA BEACH, FL (September 22, 2022) – In the run-up to the final weekend of competition, 20-year-old Layne Riggs defeated defending title list Peyton Sellers to become the youngest NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts Weekly Series member. Became champion. Series history.
After last weekend’s races at Motor Mile Speedway (Fairlawn, Virginia) and Dominion Raceway (Woodford, Virginia), Riggs edged Sellers by four points to win the national championship.
Sellers was previously the youngest weekly series champion, winning in 2005 at the age of 21.
Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy, said: “Rain has truly demonstrated what grassroots racing means to NASCAR by taking the opportunity to race and grow in the sport this season.”
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Riggs didn’t start the 2022 season with a goal of competing in the weekly Series National Championship, but plans changed when the team started the season with a string of wins at South Boston Speedway. After some encouragement from fellow competitors, the small, family-owned team run by his father, Scott, a former NASCAR Cup Series driver, is rethinking its focus and aiming for championships.
“If you had asked me eight or nine months ago what I was going to do, I wouldn’t have been going after the national championships,” Laing said. “I am proud of my team and everything we have done to get this win. there was.”
Scott added, “We knew that pursuing something like a championship in NASCAR would be very important to Reign’s future.”
Between race weekends, Riggs is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying mechanical engineering. Additionally, he ran his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on his two occasions and recorded his 7th-place result at his Indianapolis Raceway Park for Lucas Oil in his NASCAR National Series debut.
“It was hard to run all these races and focus on my studies at the same time, but I did it. It was a tough road,” added Laing.
“Congratulations to Layne for making history as the youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion.” We are thrilled to crown Reign as champion and look forward to following his racing career for years to come.”
Riggs attributes his success this season to his father’s support for the team, saying, “He deserves as much as I do.”
But Scott said the volunteer-run team is motivated by a passion and love for racing and a belief in the talent of young drivers.
“Everyone in the car is a volunteer,” said Scott. “Everyone involved has a normal job, works all week, away from family and races on Friday and Saturday nights, aiming for championships. I am truly overwhelmed that there is
“It’s hard to show what you can do if you don’t have people or sponsors who can support the talent.”
In addition to winning the Weekly Series National Championship, Riggs won the Southeast Region Title as well as the Track Championship at South Boston Speedway.
Riggs recorded a total of 43 starts between Dominion Raceway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, South Boston Speedway and Wake County Speedway. He has recorded his 16 wins, 30 Top 5 and his 38 Top 10 results.
The full list of regional and state Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champions and Jostens Rookie of the Year awards, as well as other national division champions, will be announced soon.
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