In a battle that made it to the final weekend of competition, 20-year-old Lynn Riggs defeated Peyton Sellers’ roster to become the youngest NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Champion in series history.
After races last weekend at Motor Mile Speedway (Fairlawn, VA) and Dominion Racecourse (Woodford, VA), Riggs outperformed Sellers by four points to win the National Championship.
Previously the youngest champion in the weekly series, Sellers won in 2005 when he was 21 years old.
“Congratulations to Lane on becoming the youngest National Champion for the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy. “Lynn has truly exemplified what root-racing means in NASCAR by capitalizing on his opportunities to race and grow in the sport this season.”
Riggs didn’t start the 2022 season with the goal of racing for a weekly national championship, but when the team opened the season with a string of victories at South Boston Speedway, the plan changed. Cheerleading from fellow competitors has led the small family-owned team run by his father Scott – and a former NASCAR Cup Series driver – to reconsider their focus and aim toward the championship.
“If you asked me eight or nine months ago what I would have done, I wouldn’t go after a national championship,” Lin said. “I am proud of my team and everything we did to get this win. We worked hard. We really, really wanted it.”
Scott added, “We just knew going for something like a championship with NASCAR would be something that would mean a lot to Line’s future.”
Between race weekends, Riggs is a third-year student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying mechanical engineering. In addition, he ran a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, scoring a seventh place result at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in his NASCAR National Series debut.
“Trying to run all these races and focus on schoolwork at the same time has been tough, but I made it, it’s been a tough road,” Lynn added.
“We congratulate Lynn for making history as the youngest champ in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series,” said Jason McDonnell, Advance Executive Vice President of Marketing, Marketing and E-Commerce. “The commitment that Lynn and the racing team have shown this season truly epitomizes the passion that exists in the sport of short track racing. We are excited to have Lynn crowned our champion, and look forward to continuing his racing career for years to come.”
Riggs credits his success this season to his father’s support on the team, saying, “He deserves as much as I am.”
But Scott said the volunteer-run team was driven by a passion and love of racing, as well as a belief in the young driver’s talents.
“Everyone in the car is a volunteer,” Scott said. “All the participants have regular jobs and work all week, then take time away from their families to race Friday and Saturday nights to push towards the championship. It was really overwhelming to have so many people so committed to our team.”
“If you don’t have the people and sponsors to be able to support talent, it’s hard to show what you can do.”
In addition to winning the weekly national championship, Riggs also won the Southeast District title, as well as the track championship at South Boston Speedway.
Riggs scored a total of 43 starts between Dominion Racecourse, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, South Boston Speedway, and Wake County Speedway. He has scored 16 wins with 30 in the top five and 38 in the top 10.
The full list of Advance Auto Parts Weekly’s regional and state series champions and the Jostens Rookie of the Year awards, as well as other national division champions, will be released in the coming days.