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Ty Majeski eyes third straight ARCA win at Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Looking to become the first three-time consecutive ARCA Menards Series winner since 2017, Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) and his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) trek to Michigan International Speedway with a whole lot of momentum and easily one of Friday evening’s VizCom 200 pre-race favorites.

Majeski, a native of Seymour, Wisc. is without question one of the hottest ARCA Menards Series drivers on tour and while not running for the driver’s championship, Majeski is helping his Mooresville, N.C.-make a courted attack on the owner’s championship.

“It’s been a great few weeks,” said Majeski. “I can’t thank Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews) and the rest of the No. 22 Crestliner guys for their hard work and believe in me. We worked hard at Charlotte and Pocono to come away with the win and we’re going to take the same approach that we did the last two races and apply it to Michigan and hope for the same result.”

Unlike Charlotte Motor Speedway or last Friday afternoon’s race at Pocono Raceway, Majeski had never turned a competition lap at either race tracks, but the Ford Performance development driver returns to the Great Lakes state looking to rekindle the Motor City magic of 2017 when he produced a strong sixth-place result in his Michigan International Speedway ARCA debut.

With more experience on his side and knowing his Chad Bryant Racing equipment has the components it takes to lead laps and win races, Majeski is eyeing at bettering his current 2.0-average finish in his fourth start of 2019.

“Michigan International Speedway is a beast, but it’s a blast of a place to race,” added Majeski. “It’s a very wide race track with a lot of room to race with incredibly fast speeds. I’m hoping I can apply some of what I learned a couple years to our No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion during practice and qualifying on Friday.

“If we can find a good balance, we’ll use the 100 laps to put ourselves in a good spot and see if we can’t bring home another trophy for the third consecutive weekend.”

For Majeski, Michigan is the fourth 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 and the back-to-back triumphs at Charlotte and Pocono, Majeski is eager to continue to help elevate 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’ve been very fortunate to win two races, but I still have an opportunity at three more checkered flags. I’m going to do everything I can to represent Chad Bryant Racing and Crestliner on the track – while also being the best teammate to Corey (Heim) and Joe (Graf Jr.) too.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who returns to the No. 22 Ford Fusion next weekend at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway for the Shore Lunch 200 on Fri., June. 12.

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The VizCom 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 7 with an hour and a half practice session from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 12:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

About Crestliner:

Located in Otsego, Minn., Crestliner boats and pontoons are crafted with an uncompromising mix of functional design, all-welded aluminum construction and a relentless commitment to excellence.

Since 1946 Crestliner has been making boats forged with strength and defined by durability.

As a world-wide leader, Crestliner continues to redefine the industry with boats built to last. A testament to our quality and craftsmanship, Crestliner has received the CSI Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for Aluminum Outboard Boats for 11 consecutive years.

Learn more about Crestliner and its line of boats by visiting crestliner.com.

Big weekend ahead for Joe Graf Jr. in Michigan’s Irish Hills

BROOKLYN, Mich. – After earning his fourth top-10 finish of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series (AMS) season last weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) treks to Michigan International Speedway for Friday evening’s VizCom 200 hoping to kick-off a busy weekend with his first top-five of the year.

In addition to the ARCA Menards Series race, Graf Jr. will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, driving the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

With plenty of track time scheduled for the 20-year-old Graf Jr., the ARCA championship contender is upbeat about his chances in both the Xfinity and ARCA cars.

“I’m very excited about Michigan this weekend,” said Graf Jr. “It’s been an incredibly busy week with preparation, testing and then getting to Michigan. I’m incredibly focused and look forward to the chance to have my strongest results of the year.”

Graf Jr. returns to Michigan after earning a top-five at the two-mile oval last June. Not only is Graf hoping his experience in the Irish Hills from a year ago will pay dividends, but he’s also relying on the extra seat time of Xfinity Series practice on Friday to be a benefit to him hours before climbing aboard his Chad Bryant Racing automobile for his second Michigan ARCA start.

“I’ve heard from a lot of drivers how extra seat time can’t hurt,” added Graf. “I’m taking that same mentality. I know that both teams are bringing me fast race cars and it’s up to me to climb in and get the job done.

“Michigan is a pretty wide track, but you need to have good momentum in the turns especially to make your moves on the straightaways. Fuel-mileage and handling always seem to come into play too and that can make Michigan a thrilling race. We need to finish inside the top-five on Friday, it will be a good day and somewhere near the top-10 on Saturday, the double-duty weekend will be a success.”

For the ninth 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-mile 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.

“It’s a double-dose of exposure for them with EAT SLEEP RACE being on the Xfinity car too and I think will introduce their brand into a much broader audience being a part of NASCAR.”

Team owner and crew chief Chad Bryant says he is seeing calmness and focus out of his sophomore ARCA driver and he hopes his determination will lead to on-track success.

“Even though we came out of Pocono with a top-10, we weren’t satisfied,” added Bryant. “We know that we’re capable of putting our cars inside the top-five and contending for race wins. Joe is coming back to a track where he had success at in his rookie season and I’m hopeful we can pick up where we left off.

“It’s important for us to remember there’s still a lot of racing left and opportunity to put our No. 77 team front and center where we feel like we belong and our chance at Victory Lane. There’s no quit in our race team, I promise you that.”

For this weekend at Michigan, Graf will carry the in-car camera myFace logos for his 28th career ARCA start. myFace is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with craniofacial conditions.

Every hour a child is born in the United States with a craniofacial difference, which uniquely impacts both the body and spirit. In the U.S. approximately 600,000 individuals have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition.

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 VizCom 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 7 with an hour and a half practice session from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 12:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). ARCARacing.com will also 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.

Joe Graf Look for First Win at Michigan to Get ARCA Championship Train Rolling

Last season’s ARCA Menards Series visit to the Irish Hills of Michigan brought nothing but smiling eyes for Sheldon Creed. Winless through his first 24 series appearances, Creed finally put it all together, leading 65 of the race’s 100 laps to earn his first career series victory. Not only did it break a winless streak, it also launched him onto a path that culminated with the 2018 series championship.

Creed’s win seems like it came deep in the season for an eventual series champion. After all, it was the eighth race of the 20-race season meaning the year was nearly half over before Creed scored his first win of the year.

But Creed’s win in the eighth race of the year isn’t the only time in recent memory that the series champion didn’t find his way to victory until mid season. Chase Briscoe, who was the 2016 ARCA Menards Series champion, also waited until the midway point of his championship season before tallying his first win of the year at Winchester Speedway.

Two drivers currently in the hunt for the ARCA Menards Series championship are looking to follow in Briscoe and Creed’s footsteps. Munford, Alabama’s Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet) moved into second in the series standings following the race at Charlotte, a race in which he put himself in position to win late in the race before he crossed the line in eighth. He followed it with his second top-five finish of the season, a fifth-place effort last Friday at Pocono Raceway. He now sits just thirty points behind championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota).

Holmes will be making his 50th career start in the Michigan 200 and it’s a race he believes he can use to not only get his first win but position himself to fight for the series championship.

“One of our main goals for the rest of this season is to be consistent and finish within the top five every week, I feel like we’re achieving that goal right now,” said Holmes. “We’re still a fairly new team, so there’s always things we can work on to be better. If we can continue to be consistent, I know we will have a chance at the championship. I’m confident we’ll be there at the end of the season, hopefully with a trophy in hand. I’m excited for Michigan (International Speedway). Shane (Huffman, crew chief) has a great track record there. He feels it’s one of his strongest tracks. I feel like we’re going to have a really solid day with all of Shane’s knowledge of the track and his history there. I know I have a few things to work on as far as getting a handle on the track, but Shane will be there to coach me through it.

Holmes has a lot of experience in his corner that could propel him to that heretofore elusive first career series win. Crew chief Shane Huffman led two MDM Motorsports teammates to victory, Brandon Jones at Charlotte and Harrison Burton at Pocono. Huffman has also won races as a crew chief in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. A former driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, he and Holmes have quickly found a common language that has improved the team’s performance and results over 2018 dramatically.

“Shane and I sit down after every race and talk through what we need to work on to be a better team,” said Holmes. “Our communication as a whole has really improved since the beginning of the season. It’s not something you can work at until you’re at the track and racing. Shane brings a lot of experience as a crew chief and driver to our team. He’s helped me develop as a driver over the past few months, and it shows in our finishes. I feel like the (No.) 23 crew is in a really good place right now. I have no doubt in Shane and our crew with everything that they’re bringing to the table. They’ve all been a huge key to our team that we’ve been lacking the last two years.”

Holmes isn’t the only championship contender looking to use a mid-season win to ignite a title run.

Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) earned his first career ARCA Menards Series win about 90 miles west of Michigan International Speedway last August in a fender-banging duel with Zane Smith. His Chad Bryant Racing team found its way to victory the last two races at Charlotte at Pocono with Ty Majeski behind the wheel and Graf would like to use that momentum to propel him to his second career win and to get back in the championship fight. He’s currently fifth in the standings, 135 points out of the lead.

“The last time I was in Michigan, I ended up in Victory Lane, hopefully we can do it again,” he laughed. “No, seriously, I realize that Michigan International Speedway is a monster compared to Berlin Raceway, but that’s fine with me. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to come back to Michigan and the opportunity to get back in Victory Lane.

“Last week’s finish was okay, but we’re looking for more. A lot more. I have a good feeling about Friday’s race and hopefully will give us the finish we need to get some momentum and consistency on our side.”

With just eleven races remaining to get back into battle for the championship, Graf knows time is running short. But he also knows wins mean you’ve scored maximum points and that’s the best way to get back into title contention.

“At this point, we’re going for win,” added Graf. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you see our Chad Bryant Racing team throw some strategy calls out there to get us some track position and an opportunity to get ourselves a win or two. For us, we know that if we can win races – or even finish in the top-five then the points will take care of themselves and hopefully give us an opportunity to get back into this championship fight.”

Graf will be doing double duty over the course of the weekend at Michigan as he will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Saturday.

Practice for the VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway is slated for 8 am ET on Friday, June 7, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 12 noon, with the 100-lap, 200-mile race slated to go green shortly after 6 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat for all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For ticket information log on to MISpeedway.com or call 888-905-7223.