Richard Petty Motorsports and Safety-Kleen Are Geared Up to Race into the Future Together

"The King" Richard Petty endorses Safety-Kleen's oil Performance Plus

A 46-year partnership positions tandem for continued success in 2019 and beyond

NORWELL, MA – March 7, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The storied success of the motorsports industry is rooted in long-standing partnerships between world-renowned brands, but few match the success of the 46-year alliance between the Richard Petty family of brands and Safety-Kleen®. What began as a parts washing service by an up-and-coming environmental service company for a successful driver has transformed into a multi-faceted, world-class relationship built on quality, service and integrity.

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A great deal has changed since the early 1970s when Safety-Kleen first serviced a parts washer at Petty Enterprises in Randleman, N.C. During that time, “The King” Richard Petty amassed a record setting 200 wins before retiring in 1992. The Petty legacy was then passed to his son Kyle Petty, who raced in nearly 900 NASCAR-sanctioned events, and now his grandson, Thad Moffitt, who has taken the Petty mantle.

Safety-Kleen, in that same time, has become North America’s leading parts washer service provider and the largest recycler of used oil in the world. Safety-Kleen is also a founder of NASCAR Green, an industry-wide effort to minimize NASCAR’s environmental impact while bringing value and inspiration to the motorsports industry, its partners, employees and fans.

Safety-Kleen continues to support the growing needs of Petty’s various businesses by picking-up paint waste, collecting and re-refining used motor oil, and offering the latest in parts washers and paint gun cleaner. Most recently, Safety-Kleen’s full line of high-performance lubricants, Performance Plus®, were introduced.

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“We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Safety-Kleen, both on and off the track,” Richard Petty said. “I’m still a competitor at heart, so I strive to be the best and only work with the best. We’ve got a partner in Safety-Kleen that does the same. Their focus on service excellence and high-quality products has helped us achieve incredible success over more than four decades.”

Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer of Richard Petty Motorsports, relies on Safety-Kleen to keep the Petty team safe and compliant.

“In motorsports, reliability and peace-of-mind are paramount, but it’s much more than that,” Moffitt said. “They’re constantly looking ahead to the future and bringing us the latest products that best serve our business. They supply state-of-the-art parts washer technologies to help reduce our impact on the environment. We’re now using Performance Plus Motor Oil for the Richard Petty Motorsports team and it’s the official oil at Petty’s Garage. Much like their other products and overall service, it performs better than anything we’ve ever used.”

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On the track, Performance Plus oil runs in Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.’s No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). And Thad Moffitt runs Performance Plus under the hood in his No. 46 Chevrolet SS for Empire Racing in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series.

For Safety-Kleen, it’s all about helping their customer shine.

“It really starts with Clean Harbors, our parent organization,” David Vergo, president of Safety-Kleen, said. “Customer service is a core value. That means we’re always looking to exceed customer expectations. We’ve consistently delivered on that promise and it’s paid off through our partnership with the Petty family. The family is an industry icon and they continue to open doors for us. In return, we’re helping them – in our own small way – win races and build better cars.”

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2019 will see Safety-Kleen and Petty continue to build on its remarkable foundation. Safety-Kleen and its parent company, Clean Harbors, will introduce new ways to support the various Petty businesses with a broad suite of environmental services and Performance Plus oil products. The Petty team will create unique opportunities to promote Clean Harbors’ brands and will open doors for new business across a wide array of sectors.

“The personal camaraderie and dedication of our team members is what makes this partnership thrive,” Vergo said. “We’re honored to help carry on the heritage of the Petty name by offering the expertise that has made Safety-Kleen the recognized industry leader that it is today.”

About Safety-Kleen

Safety-Kleen Systems is a leading North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, serving more than 200,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a broad set of environmentally responsible products and services that keep North American businesses in balance with the environment. Safety-Kleen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH), North America’s leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. For more information about the company, please visit

About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. RPM is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup history with 273 wins and has business partnerships with national and global leaders. Today the race operation fields the famed No. 43 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Bubba” Wallace. The team is headquartered in Welcome, N.C. and is supported by primary partners United States Air Force and World Wide Technology.

About Petty’s Garage

In June 2008 Petty’s Garage, a Level Cross, N.C.-based company, was born to begin restorations on racecar chassis from owner Richard Petty’s private collection. Petty’s Garage is currently bringing “The King’s” winning tradition to a wide variety of high-performance automobiles from production-based Richard Petty Signature Series to custom builds and restorations. Petty’s Garage is a high-performance speed shop focused on spectacular performance automobiles.

About Performance Plus

Performance Plus is a premium brand of lubricants that provide superior quality and unmatched performance at a competitive price. Produced and distributed by Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH), Performance Plus products use conventionally refined oils and proprietary twice-refined oils, blended with industry-leading additives, to meet and exceed industry certifications, licenses, approvals and OEM warranty requirements. With more than 30 years of innovation, research and testing, Performance Plus formulations are relied on by some of the largest commercial fleets and U.S. military combat vehicles, as well as race teams at events across North America. Visit

Source: Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.

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