A Crew Suit From An Under Appreciated Team

By David G. Firestone

From 1989 to 2017, The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was a mainstay in the southern territories. NASCAR National Series Drivers such as Jimmy Spencer, Ted Christopher, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Preece, Randy LaJoie, Mike McLaughlin, Steve Park, Mike Stefanik, and Ken Schrader all have raced in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Other drivers stayed in the series, until it merged with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2017.

One team that was deeply rooted in the Southern Modified Tour was Riggs Racing. As a team, they won more races and championships than any other team in Southern Modified Tour history. One driver who raced for Riggs Racing was Andy Seuss, who would win a championship with Eddie Harvey Racing. From 2008-2009, Seuss raced with Riggs Racing, and was sponsored by Advanced Auto Parts. During that time, a crew member wore this single-layer Leaf firesuit. The suit shows a little use, but is otherwise in great condition.

The collar is a standard version with a LEAF SAFETY EQUIPMENT INC tag sewn on to it.

Inside of the cowl is a small size and wash tag, that has faded with time. Another LEAF SAFETY EQUIPMENT INC. tag is sewn inside the front of the collar.

There is a WHELEN SOUTHER MODIFIED TOUR patch sewn onto the right chest.

The left chest is unadorned.

The front torso features an ADVANCE AUTO PARTS logo embroidered into it.

The suit has a belt, which is unadorned.

The suit has unadorned legs with standard cuffs. The cuffs are somewhat stained.

The shoulders have no adornment.

The right sleeve has a LEAF SAFETY EQUIPMENT INC. tag sewn into the top of the sleeve, and is unadorned at the end.

The left sleeve has a LEAF SAFETY EQUIPMENT INC. tag, and an SFI 3-2A/1 certification sewn into the top of the sleeve, and is unadorned at the end.

The back doesn’t show any real wear, aside from the cuffs.

The back of the neck is unadorned.

The back torso features an ADVANCE AUTO PARTS logo embroidered into it.

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