DAYTONA Beach front, Fla. (September 22, 2022) – In a fight that arrived down to the final weekend of competition, 20-calendar year-previous Layne Riggs defeat out defending titlist Peyton Sellers to become the youngest NASCAR Progress Vehicle Sections Weekly Series champion in series historical past.

Just after this previous weekend’s races at Motor Mile Speedway (Fairlawn, Virginia) and Dominion Raceway (Woodford, Virginia), Riggs arrived out on major over Sellers by 4 details to earn the national championship.

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

“Congratulations to Layne on turning out to be the youngest Advance Automobile Areas Weekly Series national winner,” mentioned Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Advancement and System. “Layne definitely exemplified what grassroots racing usually means in NASCAR by getting advantage of his options to race and mature in the activity this season.”

Linked: Layne Riggs’ 2022 NASCAR Advance Auto Components Weekly Series championship season in shots

Riggs did not commence the 2022 time with the intention of racing for a weekly sequence national championship, but when the staff opened the time with a string of wins at South Boston Speedway, the system modified.  Encouragement from their fellow rivals led the tiny, family-owned staff run by his father Scott – and former NASCAR Cup Sequence driver – to reconsider their focus and intention in the direction of the championship.

“If you had requested me 8, nine months back what I was heading to do, it wasn’t likely to be going following a national championship,” stated Layne. “I’m just very pleased of my staff and every little thing we’ve accomplished to be in a position to get this get. We’ve worked difficult. We genuinely, actually preferred it.”

Scott additional, “We just realized that going for a thing like a championship with NASCAR would be one thing that would mean so considerably for Layne’s potential.”

In between race weekends, Riggs is a third-calendar year college student at the College of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying mechanical engineering. Also, he ran a pair of NASCAR Tenting Earth Truck Series races, recording a seventh-spot result at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in his NASCAR countrywide sequence debut.

“It’s been tough attempting to run all these races and target on schoolwork at the same time, but I have managed, it’s been a rough street,” included Layne.

“We congratulate Layne on making heritage as the youngest champion of the NASCAR Progress Auto Pieces Weekly Series,” explained Jason McDonell, Advance’s govt vice president of merchandising, marketing and e-commerce. “The motivation revealed by Layne and his racing team this period definitely embodies the enthusiasm that exists in the activity of quick monitor racing. We are energized to crown Layne as our champion, and we look forward to subsequent his racing profession for years to arrive.”

Layne Riggs (right) discusses adjustments to his car with his father, Scott Riggs (left) during a break in practice at a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series event in 2022 at South Boston Speedway. (Joe Chandler/South Boston Speedway)
Layne Riggs (proper) discusses adjustments to his vehicle with his father, Scott Riggs (left) for the duration of a split in apply at a NASCAR Advance Automobile Sections Weekly Series party in 2022 at South Boston Speedway. (Joe Chandler/South Boston Speedway)

Riggs gives credit history for the achievements this season to his dad’s assist on the workforce, saying, “He’s just as deserving as I am.”

But Scott said the volunteer-operate workforce was enthusiastic by a passion and really like for racing, as very well as a belief in their younger driver’s abilities.

“Everyone on the vehicle is a volunteer,” Scott said. “Everyone that is concerned has regular positions and work all 7 days, then can take time absent from their family members to race Friday and Saturday evening to thrust for the championship. And it’s just been really too much to handle to have so many men and women who are so fully commited to our staff.”

“If you really do not have the people and the sponsors to be able to aid the expertise, it’s difficult to showcase what you can do.”

In addition to profitable the Weekly Sequence countrywide championship, Riggs also gained the Southeast Region title, as effectively as the keep track of championship at South Boston Speedway.

Riggs tallied a complete of 43 starts among Dominion Raceway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, South Boston Speedway and Wake County Speedway. He recorded 16 wins with 30 best-five and 38 top rated-10 results.

The entire listing of regional and condition Advance Automobile Elements Weekly Series champions and Jostens Rookie of the 12 months awards, as nicely as the champions of the other nationwide divisions, will be released in the coming times.

About NASCAR

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About Progress Auto Pieces

Advance Auto Pieces, Inc. is a major automotive aftermarket pieces supplier that serves both qualified installer and do-it-you shoppers. As of July 16, 2022 Advance operated 4,724 suppliers and 312 Worldpac branches largely inside the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The corporation also served 1,329 independently owned Carquest branded merchants throughout these spots in addition to Mexico and a variety of Caribbean islands. Extra details about Progress, like employment prospects, customer solutions, and online buying for areas, components and other offerings can be discovered at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

By Tara