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Iowa Speedway | Fans with Benefits 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 12th
Finish: Ninth; Running; (149 | 150 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “It was a hot one. Still frustrated at the end of the night though. We were OK. We made some gains during the race and that helped propel us into the top-10. But I’m not happy with our performance.

“Just get the balance we need in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion that we need to take us from inside the top-10 to contending in the top-five. We should be a lot better than we are. All we can do is keep working and hope we get a finish we’re all satisfied with next weekend at Pocono.”

Next Up: FORTS USA 150 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri., July 26 live on FS1 at 4:00 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.

Iowa Speedway | Fans with Benefits 150 Race Recap 

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Fourth
Finish: Sixth; Running (150 | 150 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 13th

Corey Heim Quote: “My Chad Bryant Racing team gave me a great car at Iowa Speedway.

“We had a top-three car throughout the race and felt like we could’ve contended for the win on the short run. Unfortunately, we were running third with five laps to go and I got stuck behind a car who couldn’t get out of fourth gear.

“I wasn’t familiar with the situation and couldn’t handled it better, but I have to take what happen and move on from it. We should have gotten a top-three but ended up sixth.

“Time to focus on Pocono.”

Next Up: FORTS USA 150 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri., July 26 live on FS1 at 4:00 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 readies first Iowa ARCA start

NEWTON, Iowa: After earning his fourth top-five finish of the ARCA Menards Series season last Saturday night at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, rookie Corey Heim heads to Iowa Speedway hungry for more than a top-five finish in Friday night’s Fans with Benefits 150.

With the power and knowledge of crew chief Paul Andrews at his side, Heim has impressed. In seven races, the Marietta, Ga. native has earned four top-five finishes, six top-10s and a worst finish of 11th.

And with back-to-back top-five runs at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and Elko Speedway respectively, Heim is ready to push himself into Victory Lane and bring his Mooresville, N.C.-based team their fourth ARCA win of 2019.

“This weekend at Iowa Speedway is going to be a very new and exciting experience for me,” Heim said. “I’m really looking forward to a bigger track like Iowa because of my performance at Gateway a few weeks ago.”

Like much of his freshman season of ARCA competition, Heim has never competed in a race at Iowa’s 0.875-mile short track. To prepare him for his eighth ARCA start, Heim joined his CBR teammate Joe Graf Jr. for a private test in the Midwest where he and Andrews focused on everything from practice runs to mock qualifying runs and long green-flag runs in race trim.

Knowing he has to be prepared for whatever the 14th race of the season will unravel; Heim feels like his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities team can unload fast and be an immediate contender.

“We tested at Iowa a few weeks ago, and I feel good about it,” he added. “The track was very hot and slick, just like it’s going to be on race day.”

Nestled inside the cockpit of the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion for six of the remaining seven races on tour this season, the recently turned 17-year-old is embracing his opportunity behind the wheel.

From testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in January to his impressive ARCA debut in March at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway to his approaching speedway debut next Friday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Heim is buzzing in the headlines but there’s still work to be done before his curtain is drawn in late September.

“I’ll be in the No. 22 car regularly until the end of the season, and I’m excited for the remaining schedule. Racing back-to-back in the ARCA car will help me a lot because I can stay sharp every weekend.

“With this stretch of races, I’d really like to win a race at some point. This Chad Bryant Racing team has given me great cars and great opportunities to win races, but the win just hasn’t come yet.

“I’m working harder than ever to change that this weekend at Iowa Speedway, and trying to get these guys an owners’ championship.”

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

“The Iowa test was very good with Corey,” offered Andrews. “Like always, Corey adapted quickly and had fast lap times. Iowa Speedway’s track surface is old, rough, abrasive and we love it.

“ARCA cars will run multiple grooves and Corey tested on all of them to get comfortable. We’re excited to get back there this and hopefully get Corey to Victory Lane on Friday night.”

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 Fans with Benefits 150 (150 laps | 132 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 19 with an hour and 30-minute practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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. set for Iowa Speedway return

NEWTON, Iowa: On the heels of a top-10 finish this past Saturday night at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, ARCA Menards Series regular Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) treks to Iowa Speedway with his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team seeking his second top-five of the year in Friday night’s Fans with Benefits 150.

It wasn’t that long ago that Graf Jr. made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the 0.875-mile short track with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) where he fought for a respectable top-20 finish.

Taking the knowledge of his Xfinity Series experience, plus his recent ARCA test at the Midwest oval, Graf Jr. hopes all the dots will connect and offer an opportunity to contend for his second career win on July 19.

“Been looking forward to going back to Iowa for the last couple of weeks,” said Graf. “It’s a cool short track and without a doubt the more laps I circle around there – I feel like the better I get it.

“We really need to have a strong run on Friday night. It hasn’t been the season we had been hoping for, but we still have a bunch of races stacked on the schedule and I’m hoping we can turn some heads this season.”

For Graf Jr., the short track scene is one the recently turned 21-year-old embraces and while he expects a tough field this weekend, he’ll make no excuses to maneuver himself through the field and put his Mooresville, N.C.-based team in the heat of the battle.

“Iowa is a place with multiple grooves,” added Graf Jr. “That’s what is so fun about Iowa. It’s a place where you can run the top, middle and bottom – but you need to have a car that rotates good. Tire strategy has proven to be an indicator too.

“Four tires will often be better than two or none, but that’s just circumstances. We’ll just have to race hard for 150 laps and hope the fans will benefit in the end.”

For the 14th 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 150-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 Friday 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.”

Entering Iowa, Graf Jr. has 32 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 32 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 13 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with seven races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing aboard the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. He’ll compete in at least two more at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Richmond (Va.) Raceway respectively.

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 Fans with Benefits 150 (150 laps | 132 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 19 with an hour and 30-minute practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 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).

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.