Former Stafford SK Light Mod Regular Joe Graf Jr. Joins Richard Childress Racing In Unique Role

Joe Graf Jr. (Photo: Courtesy Richard Childress Racing)

Former Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified division regular Joe Graf Jr. will take on the competitive and business side of motorsports with Richard Childress Racing.

The team announced Friday that the 20-year Graf will make selected starts with the organization’s XFINITY Series team in 2019 along with serving as a marketing and communications intern with the team.

Graf, from Mahwah, N.J., spent the 2016 season competing in the SK Light Modified division at Stafford as a developmental driver for Paul French and Horsepower Hill Racing. Graf won in just his seventh career start at Stafford in the RH2Way sponsored ride for Horsepower Hill. Graf went on to win Rookie of the Year in the SK Light Modified division at Stafford in 2016.

Graf, a freshman at NYU, went on to the ARCA Racing Series, where he will continue to compete full-time in 2019. Graf’s first race for the RCR XFINITY Series team will come in June at Michigan International Speedway.

“This is an amazing opportunity that wouldn’t be possible without NYU and RCR working together,” Graf said in a release from RCR. “For my internship to be with one of the most recognizable teams in NASCAR is unbelievable. To then think that I will also have the opportunity to drive the No. 21 car is really exciting.

“I am pumped for the opportunity to learn all facets of this business. From inside the cockpit to the corporate office. The quality of the RCR organization speaks for itself, especially celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. I am eager to learn, contribute and compete.”

Said RCR president Torrey Galida: “We’re happy to have Joe joining us in such a unique developmental role as a driver and intern. It’s not often that drivers get the opportunity to learn both in and out of the race car, and we hope that’s what Joe is able to do with his dual role here. It’s very helpful for drivers to understand the technical and business side of the sport, and Joe gets that. We’re confident he’s going to be successful both on and off the track for RCR.”

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  1. Sharpie Fan says

    Good luck Joe!

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