Welcome to Mead Racing Team! Matt started the 2016 season at Winter U.S. Legend Car Nationals in Orlando, FL, placing 4th in the Semi-Pro division under the direction of the 3rd Generation Racing and crew chief 17-year-old Peyton Saxton (pictured below). Matt has raced the remainder of the 2016 season with Mark Nahrstedt, one of the most talented coaches and crew chiefs in the Legend cars business. Matt placed 2nd in the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning 3 of the 10-round series. He has additionally earned Semi-Pro wins at 1/5 mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. His 2016 season will end in October 2016, at World Nationals in Waterford, CT.

Peyton Saxton crew chief of 3rd Generation Racing coaches 1st yr semi-pro Legend Car driver Matt Mead of Charlotte, NC.

Peyton Saxton crew chief of 3rd Generation Racing coaches 1st yr Semi-Pro Legend Car driver Matt Mead of Charlotte, NC.


Matt Mead – driver of the #24 Legend


Matt has always had an interest in racing and loved NASCAR since his first few years of life. At age 5, Matt told his parents that he wanted to race. His mom jokingly told him that he could start racing when he turned 12. Through those next 7 years he patiently waited and finally in November of 2011, Matt turned 12. He quickly reminded his parents of the deal and they realized that given his dedication, they could not say no. So on January 30, 2012, Matt’s bandolero car was purchased. He decided on the #24 because Jeff Gordon has always been an inspiration and he hopes to live up to the legacy of the number. Matt’s rookie season was a year of learning and a year of tremendous growth; from a huge crash in his first race at Lake Erie Speedway to winning his first feature on August 25, 2012, he became a more confident driver. With the help of some great people at Lake Erie Speedway, Matt battled for and earned the bandolero division track championship in his second year of racing, as well as an award for the most marketing appearances. Additionally, he gained some great experience racing in North Carolina at both the Summer Shootout and at Concord Motor Speedway. In 2014, he won the most Bandolero races (6 wins) at Lake Erie Speedway, but did not run a complete season, missing a race to compete at Bandolero Nationals, where he earned a 6th place finish. In National points, he placed 15th, after racing at Lake Erie Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Auburndale Speedway. Despite all his travel, he still remained committed to promoting his sponsors and again won the Most Appearances Award at Lake Erie Speedway.

The 2015 season was Matt’s 1st year in a Legend car were Matt competed in NY, NV, and ID.