DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2022) – In a battle that unfolded over the final weekend of competition, 20-year-old Layne Riggs defeated title-winning roster Peyton Sellers to become the youngest champion in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts weekly series in series history.
After last weekend’s races at Motor Mile Speedway (Fairlawn, Va.) and Dominion Raceway (Woodford, Va.), Riggs edged Sellers by four points to win the national championship.
Sellers was previously the youngest champion in the weekly series, winning in 2005 at age 21.
“Congratulations to Layne on becoming Advance Auto Parts Weekly’s youngest National Series Champion,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy. “Layne has truly exemplified what grassroots racing means in NASCAR by taking advantage of his opportunities to race and grow in the sport this season.”
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Riggs didn’t start the 2022 season with the goal of racing for a Weekly Series National Championship, but when the team opened the season with a winning streak at South Boston Speedway, the plan changed. Encouragement from their fellow competitors led the small family team led by his father Scott – and former NASCAR Cup Series driver – to reconsider their goal and aim for the championship.
“If you asked me eight or nine months ago what I was going to do, it wasn’t after a national championship,” Layne said. “I’m just proud of my team and everything we did to be able to get this win. We have worked hard. We really, really wanted it.
Scott added, “We just knew that going for something like a championship with NASCAR would be something that would mean so much to Layne’s future.”
Between race weekends, Riggs is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying mechanical engineering. Additionally, he ran a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, recording a seventh-place finish at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in his NASCAR National Series debut.
“It was tough trying to run all these races and focus on my homework at the same time, but I made it, it was a tough road,” added Layne.
“We congratulate Layne on making history as the youngest NASCAR Advance Series champion Auto Parts Weekly,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s executive vice president of merchandising, marketing and e-commerce. “The commitment that Layne and his racing team have shown this season truly embodies the passion that exists in the sport of short track racing. We are thrilled to crown Layne as our champion, and we look forward to following his career driver for years to come.
Riggs attributes this season’s success to his father’s support in the team, saying, “He’s just as deserving as I am.”
But Scott said the volunteer-led team was driven by a passion and love for racing, as well as a belief in the talents of their young rider.
“Everyone on the car is a volunteer,” Scott said. “Everyone involved has normal jobs and works all week, then takes time away from family to race Friday and Saturday nights to fight for the championship. And it’s really overwhelming to have so many people who are so committed to our team.
“If you don’t have the people and the sponsors to be able to support the talent, it’s hard to show what you can do.”
Along with winning the Weekly Series National Championship, Riggs also won the Southeast Region title, as well as the track championship at South Boston Speedway.
Riggs counted a total of 43 starts 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 results.
The full list of Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Regional and State Champions and Jostens Rookie of the Year Awards, as well as other National Division Champions, will be released in the coming days.
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