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Derek Griffith earns career-best ARCA Menards Series finish in Kentucky Speedway debut

Kentucky Speedway | General Tire 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion

Driver: Derek Griffith

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Start: 13th

Finish: Seventh (100 | 100 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I was really excited to get my first opportunity to compete on a high-banked race track. The best lobster of the day for us were the last few laps where we really made some significant gains.

“I learned a lot in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion and had a decent showing. Looking forward to Kansas Speedway in a few weeks and building on our seventh-place finish.”

Next Up: Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway on Sat. July 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold.

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

SPARTA, Ky: Attacking their third ARCA Menards Series race of the season together, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) and rookie driver Derek Griffith hunt for a top-five finish in Saturday afternoon’s General Tire 150.

Griffith will make another debut at a track that he’s never competed at, but thankfully, the 23-year-old has plenty of experience surrounding him for his intermediate debut at the 1.5-mile speedway, but the New Hudson, N.H. native has the motivation to earn his first career ARCA Menards Series victory.

“Excited to hit the track again in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” said Griffith. “Kentucky Speedway looks like an extremely fast and fun racetrack. Hopefully, we can keep our car balanced and be near the front when it counts the most.”

Unlike last week, where the series’ resumed to a traditional schedule of practice, qualifying and the race – the ARCA Menards Series shifts back into COVID-19 protocol mode – where the series’ will have a limited practice session – no qualifying and then shift directly into race mode.

While the schedule is relatively quick, the on-track time is something for a rookie driver like Griffith craves. However, he is making the most of the scenario and has spent the week studying – whether it is reviewing previous races, studying pictures or picking up the telephone and communicating.

All things considered, Griffith is ready for the 100-lap challenge.

“I’ve been watching a lot of videos and doing a lot of studying to get ready for the race,” added Griffith. “That’s all important but nothing accounts for actual track time. Practice is going to be about getting me comfortable and getting our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion handling well and then turn all of our focus to the race.”

In his two previous ARCA races this season, Griffith delivered a career-best eighth place in his series’ debut at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last month and contended for a top-five at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 3., but power steering gremlins shuffled the team to a 12th place finish at the checkered flag.

Looking ahead to ARCA’s return to Kentucky for the first time since 2017, Griffith believes his Chad Bryant Racing team can contend for the victory.

“Chad Bryant Racing knows how to master Kentucky, so I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” added Griffith. “Luckily, Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews) and the rest of the team are very patient and we know that if things go the way they should – and we have a little luck on our side, we could sneak our first win of the season.”

Saturday’s race will mark the third race with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, Original Gourmet™ has been innovating in the sweets and snack industry since 1994. Their story started with a recipe and a vision.

Their curiosity for making special blends of flavors and colors of candy became a passion for providing people with bold tasting lollipops.

Griffith’s car will be covered in a variety of the company’s 26 lollipops flavors.

Original Gourmet’s lollipops are the largest pops sold with a bright taste and bright colors – standing out from all the rest. Weighing in at 1.1 oz., these lollipops are gluten and peanut free delights that have a plastic stick and will not get soggy like all the other lollipops do.

Team owner Chad Bryant says Griffith is doing everything he needs to do behind the wheel and hopes to continue to showcase his ability in his mile-and-a-half debut this weekend.

“Derek has done a great job in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” offered Bryant. “Last weekend, we were biding our time but felt like we had a car capable of winning but didn’t have the track position and later got hit with power steering issues that stalled our finish.

“But these Chad Bryant Racing boys are ready to go and we think with Derek’s smart racer instincts we can contend for a win at Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.”

For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

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

For more on Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their products, please visit ogfc.net.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Jul. 11 with a forty-five-practice session from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 2:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern)

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Christian McGhee to make ARCA Menards Series debut with Chad Bryant Racing

AVONDALE, Ariz.: Officials from Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that Claremont, Calif. native Christian McGhee will make his ARCA Menards Series debut in Friday night’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.

McGhee, 21, an avid Super Late Model driver from the West Coast will drive the team’s flagship No. 22 Ford Fusion in his first stock car race at the historic 1.0-mile oval.

Veteran and former NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Paul Andrews will guide McGhee for his ARCA debut.

Despite no prior starts in the ARCA Menards Series, the Californian does have two prior starts in the ARCA Menards Series West in 2015 at the tender age of 16.

This weekend, McGhee hopes to take his experience and the leadership of his Chad Bryant Racing team and contend for the win in the series’ second race of the season.

“What an unbelievable opportunity for me to be apart of the Chad Bryant Racing team this weekend at Phoenix,” said McGhee. “This is a great chance for me to make some noise in the ARCA Menards Series with one of the strongest teams in the series.

“I’m hoping that we can have a strong performance together on Friday night in what is expected to be a very stacked field of race cars.”

While McGhee’s experience at the Avondale, Ariz. race track is lacking, his Chad Bryant Racing participated in the ARCA Menards Series West finale last November at Phoenix hoping to build a notebook for Friday night’s race.

“The Chad Bryant Racing cars were fast last fall at Phoenix and most recently dominated the ARCA Menards Series East race at New Smyrna, so I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and driving some of the best equipment out there.

“I do realize that there is going to be a learning curve for me a little bit – at least at first getting used to the car but hopefully with guidance of Paul (Andrews) and Chad (Bryant team owner) we can get up to speed quickly and keep ourselves in the headlight throughout the race.

“Obviously, we’re going to Phoenix to win but I think if we leave there with a top-five finish – no one would complain about that either. I just can’t wait to get to the race track.”

Team owner Chad Bryant says his team is eager to work with another rookie and showcase their potential on the ARCA tour.

“Christian is well known along the West Coast and I think the opportunity he’s been given for Friday night is something he’ll maximize to his fullest potential,” said Bryant. “Our team still is riding the wave of confidence from our strong performance at New Smyrna and even hungrier to bounce back on the ARCA Menards Series after the Daytona disappointment.

“We learned a lot as a team last fall at Phoenix and I think with what we learned and Christian’s ability, we should have a good race on Friday night.”

For more on Christian McGhee, please like him on Facebook (Christian McGhee Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@christianmcghee_) and Twitter (@cmcghee71).

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 (150 laps | 150 miles) is the second of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Mar. 6 with a two-hour session from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m., while the race is set to take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Mountain).

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