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Ty Majeski earns first career ARCA Menards Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway | General Tire 150 Race Recap
Team:
No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion
Driver: Ty Majeski
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @tymajeski
Start: Eighth
Finish: 1st; Winner!; Running (109 | 109 laps completed)

Event Notes:

• Majeski started eighth in his second ARCA Menards Series start of the season. He never ran worse than eighth the entire 109 laps.

• Minimal chassis adjustments allowed Majeski to maneuver his No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion through the field and swipe the lead away from Bret Holmes on Lap 95.

• Majeski took the lead on Lap 96 and withstood two attempts in ARCA Menards Series overtime to win his first career ARCA victory in his 11th series start.

• In two ARCA races this season, Majeski has finished fourth and first respectively at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway

• Majeski is slated to run a minimum of four more ARCA Menards Series races this season including Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on May 31, Michigan International Speedway (June 7), Chicagoland Speedway (June 27) and the season-finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18.

• The General Tire 150 marked Chad Bryant Racing’s second career ARCA Menards Series victory since acquiring the assets of Cunningham Motorsports at the end of the 2017 season. Majeski’s teammate Joe Graf Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion) earned his first career ARCA triumph and the team’s first victory at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway last August.

Ty Majeski Quote:

“This is unbelievable. After losing my ride this year, it was January or February before we finally put this together. Chad (Bryant, team owner) took a chance on me – we both had a lot to prove.

“Restarts were crazy tonight. “Clean air is king. The 23 (Bret Holmes) had two new tires and was able to hold off the 18 (Herbst) who had four tires because he had clean air. I worked the top and worked the top and was able to make up some ground and get around him.

“This is a great win for us. This is so freakin’ awesome. To end up in Victory Lane and get to do a Polish Victory Lap, it doesn’t get any better. I’m also stoked to get Crestliner a win in their first race with us. A night I won’t forget.”

Next Up: General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri., May. 31, 2019.

For more on Ty Majeski, please like him on Facebook (Ty Majeski Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@tymajeski_) and Twitter (@TyMajeski).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

Big picture thinking for Joe Graf Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – After a frustrating finish at Toledo Speedway this past weekend, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing team are focused on a serious rebound in Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Losing valuable championship points after being taken out by another competitor at Toledo, Graf fell to fifth in the championship standings and although the championship is still within reach with plenty of races remaining on the schedule, Graf realizes his team has to step up to the challenge and leave Charlotte with a proud finish.

“Have to go to Charlotte and recover, there’s not doubt about it,” said Graf Jr. “Toledo was frustrating, and I was aggravated for a lot of reasons, but I’m a professional race car driver. I’m making some mental notes and moving forward. The guys are prepared to go to Charlotte and have a good run and I’m ready to drive to the front.”

Graf joined his Chad Bryant Racing teammate Ty Majeski at an open-test at the 1.5-mile speedway a couple weeks ago and while the test wasn’t as successful as all had hoped, Graf Jr. knows he’s returning to the team’s hometown track better.

“That’s why tests are so important,” offered Graf Jr. “The test offered an opportunity to see where we were start to finish. We were OK, not great and everyone was determined to go back to the shop and be better. I think we will. We were pretty decent last year even though we didn’t get the finish we felt like we deserved.

“We’re focused and that’s important.”

For the seventh straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford Fusion for the 200-lap race.

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

“I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to get the EAT SLEEP RACE name out there in a short amount of time,” added Graf. “I’m really happy to be representing them as their brand really fits my lifestyle.

“We’ve done a lot when it comes to activation at the race track and on social media and it helped the bigger picture. Our plastic bag awareness campaign from Daytona was a monstrous success and we’ll look to do things like that throughout the season.”

Bryant says a good run on Thursday night would be the boost the team needs to put them right back on track for the upcoming stretch of races.

“As a team we just need to stay focused and get back in the saddle,” offered Bryant. “Toledo was super disappointing and frustrating but sometimes that’s just a part of the game, even if you end up on the wrong side of the stick.

“Joe knows what he needs to do this week at Charlotte and we’re going to work relentlessly to make sure we’re giving him the car he needs so he can go out there and his job to the best of his ability.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club onboard camera for his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Fast Kids Club is the designated youth division of EAT SLEEP RACE.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

Ty Majeski geared up for Charlotte ARCA debut

CONCORD, N.C. – On the heels of a strong top-five finish in his ARCA Menards Series (AMS) debut with Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last month, Ford Performance driver Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) will compete in his second race of the season in Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Alongside crew chief Paul Andrews, Majeski and several ARCA Menards Series teams participated in an open test session at the 1.5-mile speedway two weeks ago where the team worked on the balance of their No. 22 Ford Fusion throughout the day.

Majeski returns to Charlotte hoping to execute a plan he has in place and contend for his first career series victory in the seventh race of 2019.

“The Charlotte test went ok,” said Majeski. “I think we were all anticipating being better off the truck. We had to work through a few different issues throughout the day and by the end I thought we were in the ballpark. We are certainly searching for more.

“We’ve spent the last couple weeks since the test trying to figure out what we need to be better. I think we’ve formulated a good practice plan for Thursday. We just have to execute that and be mindful of the track temperature swings as we will be practicing during the day and racing at night.”

Even though the test didn’t go as well as Majeski had hoped, he’s relying on the experience of Andrews to help steer him to his ninth top-10 finish.

Of course, his relationship with the former Cup Series championship crew chief dials back several years.

“Working with Paul Andrews is great,” added Majeski. “It has all kind of come full circle. Paul is a board member on the Kulwicki Driver Development program in which I was a part of in 2015. It was my breakthrough season in working towards the NASCAR ranks and I was the program’s inaugural champion.

“So, it is really cool for me to work with Paul because he was such a big part of Alan’s (Kulwicki) success. He has a lot of experience and I know we will work well together.”

Charlotte is the second of a six-race tenure with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team. After starting his part-time schedule on a high note with his third career top-five at Talladega, Majeski is eager to build the program and be an asset to the organization that helps not only him but his teammates Corey Heim and Joe Graf Jr.

“I think everyone at Chad Bryant Racing, me included, has high expectations for our program this season,” offered Majeski. “We both have a lot to prove and I think for that reason it will be a great fit. I’ve run with this team back in 2017 and I feel we were capable of winning two or three races, but we weren’t able to close the deal. I want to close one out this season and get everyone at Chad Bryant Racing back in Victory Lane.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who will make his speedway debut at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway on July 26 in the Pocono ARCA 150.

For more on Ty Majeski, please like him on Facebook (Ty Majeski Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@tymajeski_) and Twitter (@TyMajeski).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

Ty Majeski geared up for Charlotte ARCA debut