The NASCAR’s Xfinity Series Hisense 300 was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend. As the official moving partner of Richard Petty Motorsports, E. E. Ward’s owner, Brian Brooks, and E. E. Ward North American Van Lines driver, Jason Carpenter had the opportunity to attend the event.
E. E. Ward helped move Richard Petty Motorsports’ headquarters to their new location in Mooresville, North Carolina, a move that both Carpenter and Brooks were involved with. As part of the relocation contract, Dakoda Armstrong’s #43 Ford WinField displayed the E. E. Ward logo on the deck lid.
The E. E. Ward team had the opportunity to watch the race from RPM’s pit box. Brian described the experience of being like four separate worlds coming together. “First, there was everyone who was in the in-field, which includes the camps, garages, and the crews; then, you had the track where the actual race was happening; then, there were the fans in the stands cheering on their favorite drivers; and finally, there were the people outside the stadium hosting tailgates. It was incredible. Everyone was there to celebrate the sport and just enjoy the competition.”
More than 50,000 race fans flocked to Charlotte for the long race weekend for the annual Speedfest. “The street was packed with fans celebrating the sport,” Brooks said. “There was a line of people who had camped out from Charlotte to Mooresville to meet Richard Petty and the racers. You can see the dedication of the fans that have followed racing their entire lives.”
Brooks was able to watch the Hisense 300 from the Pit Box of the RPM Xfinity team. “We were placed where we could see all of the action of the entire track. The view was just incredible.”
Being new to NASCAR, The Hisense 300 was the first race Brooks attended. He said he had no idea how physically and mentally demanding racing was. “I have a new appreciation for the pit crew. They put in work behind the scenes that viewers don’t have the chance to see, but it is necessary for the team to succeed. They must work together to make all of their pit stops ten seconds or less. The teamwork and synchronization of the crew was amazing to see.”
Throughout the race, U.S. Army base Fort Bragg performed several flyovers across the stadium.
The E. E. Ward logo crossed the finish line on Armstrong’s WinField in 16th place.
Brooks was back in NASCAR action on Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600. This time, he had the opportunity to watch the race from Petty’s condo, overlooking Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We watched the race from the King of NASCAR’s throne. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I could not be more grateful for the hospitality of Richard Petty and his team.”
The last time Brooks was in North Carolina was during the relocation of Richard Petty Motorsports’ warehouse earlier this year when the condos were still under construction.
“When we left North Carolina earlier this year, everything was still under construction. Going back felt like everything had come full circle,” Brooks said. “I enjoyed seeing everything up and running and am proud to have been a part of such a legacy.”
E. E. Ward is excited to enter into the NASCAR world and looks forward to seeing what the rest of the season has in store for the Richard Petty team.