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Joe Graf, Jr. Elko (Minn.) Speedway | Menards 250 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: Sixth
Finish: Seventh; Running; (250 | 250 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf, Jr.

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “We were okay at Elko. We made some huge gains from practice to qualifying and I thought we were going to be much better in the race but couldn’t get the balance to where I needed it.

“Our finish though was a big improvement from the race where we went a couple laps down. Luckily, we were able to recover and get back in the top-10 and carry that to Iowa Speedway on Friday night

“Appreciate the hard work of everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and thanks to EAT SLEEP RACE for their continued support.”

Next Up: Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Fri., July 19 live on MAVTV at 8:00 p.m. (Central) | 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).

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

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.

Corey Heim Elko (Minn.) Speedway | Menards 250 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Third
Finish: Fifth; Running (250 | 250 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: 13th

Corey Heim

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a strong car at Elko Speedway all night long. We started third and rode in the top-five, making adjustments on it to see if we could break the top-three barrier.

“We had great pit stops and good strategy to put me in a solid position with 50 laps to go, but the car didn’t quite come to me on the last run.

“Luckily, we picked up a few spots to finish fifth on the last lap. I’m happy with our result and looking forward to Iowa Speedway on Friday night.”

ARCA Next Up: Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Fri., July 19 live on MAVTV at 8:00 p.m. (Central) | 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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.

Corey Heim carries momentum to first Elko Speedway start

ELKO, Minn.: Back in the seat for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) until October, Corey Heim saddles back in the No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion looking for his first ARCA Menards Series victory in Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

For Heim, he’s got big shoes to fill since the last time the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion was on track, Paul Andrews led Ty Majeski to his third ARCA win of the year.

Heim – who turned 17 last week though is ready for the challenge and carries momentum to Elko Speedway after earning a career-best fourth-place finish at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last month.

“Going into Elko Speedway, I think the Chad Bryant Racing guys are going to bring me a great piece to work with,” said Heim. “At Gateway, we got our best finish of the season and I’m looking to best that once again. I know Elko is a very short race track and throttle control will play a big role in long-term tire wear.

“I’m looking forward to it though and I hope I can adapt to the race track quickly, especially having never been there before.”

Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. knows he doesn’t have to turn far for advice to Elko’s tight quarters and short straightaways. Last July, his Chad Bryant Racing teammate Joe Graf Jr. nearly won his first ARCA Menards Series race in a thrilling ending – but with Graf Jr. having a good baseline on how to maneuver Elko, Heim will use his expertise if necessary.

“I’m very fortunate to have a lot of people around me who have plenty of experience around Elko,” Heim added.

“They are all veterans. Paul’s been here before so I know he can setup our car pretty good and then I can talk to Joe if I need help with my driving line and whatnot.

“Saturday will go by in a hurry – but I’m excited to see what another new track brings for me.”

With the Mooresville, N.C.-based team gunning for their fourth win of 2019, Heim says the pressure to win is not overwhelming. Being a rookie driver in a new national touring series, he’s focused on making the most of every opportunity – knowing eventually his chance to celebrate in ARCA Victory Lane will come.

“I don’t feel a whole of pressure,” Heim mentioned. “Just trying to learn and get better with each and every race. Our goal is set on a win from here on out. Whether that’s Elko or Salem in September.

A win though on Saturday night would be a great start to my second half of the season.”

Andrews a former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief concurs with his young driver.

“Elko will be our seventh race together – but like Corey said we are improving,” Andrews mentioned. “We had a fast car at Gateway and Corey did a great job start to finish adjusting to the biggest track he’s ever raced on.

“It’s going to be a competitive race on Saturday, but hopefully, we can put ourselves in a good position to put Chad Bryant Racing in Victory Lane for the fourth time.”

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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 Menards 250 (250 laps | 94 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., July 13 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 2:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Joe Graf Jr. ready for redemption at Elko Speedway

ELKO, Minn.: Fresh off his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last Friday night with Richard Childress Racing, Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr) returns to Chad Bryant Racing looking for his second career ARCA Menards Series win in Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Of course, it’s hard to forget that last year’s ARCA race at Elko could have easily been Graf’s first career ARCA victory as he found himself in a torrid battle for the race with fellow racer Gus Dean.

While Dean ultimately prevailed, Graf’s performance for Chad Bryant Racing showcased his short track ability and the now more experienced driver is ready for a second chance.

“I’ve had this race circled on my calendar all year,” said Graf who sits fifth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings. “Quickly after Daytona, I had to get back into ARCA mode and realize that I’m going back to one of the race tracks that I felt like owed me one.”

Graf Jr. knows that a lot will have to play into his hands to put him in contention for his second top-five finish of the season. From a good race car and the right strategy, the components have to link to put him near the front on Saturday, but Graf Jr. admits if there’s one person who can make that happen, it’s his crew chief and team owner Chad Bryant.

“Chad I think is just as hungry to get back to Elko and contend for the win,” Graf Jr. noted. “He knows how close it was last year. If we were on the bottom for that final restart, we probably would have won that race. We just have to make sure we do everything we can in practice and in qualifying to make sure we set ourselves up to be at the right place, right time this weekend.”

For the 13th 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 for the 250-lap race.

“It’s been so great representing EAT SLEEP RACE this year,” added Graf Jr. “I’ve noticed a lot more talk about them, especially since they’ve been on the Xfinity car the last couple of weeks.

“We just launched an official Joe Graf Jr. Driver Collection line and I’m looking forward to adding items to that collection here in the next month or so.”

Getting back into the short track mindset, Graf Jr. is well aware that Saturday night’s race could be decided with a little aggression that could entail a bump and run. Known as one of the more physical drivers in the series, but Graf makes no apologies for his driving style.

“It’s hard to get into Victory Lane, so you have to get up on the wheel and do what it takes,” he said. “I want to win. I thrive on winning and when you’ve had the year that I have, I make no mistake about doing what I can to put our Chad Bryant Racing team in Victory Lane. I respect my competitors but at the same time, I have a job to do.

“Sometimes being aggressive can get you in trouble, but for me, if being aggressive and sometimes even using the fenders propels our team forward, then it’s something I shouldn’t apologize for.”

For this weekend at Elko, Graf will carry the in-car camera myFace logos for his 32nd career ARCA start.

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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 Menards 250 (250 laps | 94 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., July 13 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 2:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).