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Salem (Ind.) Speedway | Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 10th
Finish: Sixth; Running; (200 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “We fought hard all race long and I’m proud of the Chad Bryant Racing team. We got ourselves inside the top-five but unfortunately we just couldn’t keep the car balanced enough during the second half to maintain our spot.

“Still, a sixth-place finish is solid for us and some momentum to build towards the last two races of the season. Thanks to everyone, including EAT SLEEP RACE for their ongoing support.”

Next Up: ARCA Indy 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, live on MAVTV at 8:00 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.

Salem (Ind.) Speedway | Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Third
Finish: Third (200 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Ninth

Corey Heim Quote: “Another top-three finish and fought hard for it. “My crew chief Paul Andrews made great adjustments all night long and the car was great. Thanks to everyone on the Chad Bryant Racing team for their efforts this weekend at Salem.

“We’ll try one more time to get into Victory Lane at Lucas Oil Raceway.”

Next Up: ARCA Indy 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) on Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, live on MAVTV at 8:00 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 hopes experience is winning ticket to first ARCA win at Salem Speedway

SALEM, Ind: On the strength of his career-best ARCA Menards Series finish on Aug. 31st at the legendary DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) rookie Corey Heim hopes the transition from dirt to asphalt racing is one of the defining factors that propels him to Victory Lane in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at the historic Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

Finishing third in the series’ most recent race, his eighth consecutive top-10 finish in a row aboard the No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion, Heim is also hoping returning to a race track where he has experience in an ARCA car will be the winning ticket that finally propels him to the winner’s circle in his penultimate ARCA race of the season.

“I feel good about going to Salem Speedway,” said Heim. “The is the first time I get to use prior knowledge of an ARCA track to improve on it, so that should help me out a lot this weekend. I feel like our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team is carrying a lot of momentum, we just need to execute on Saturday and win the race.”

To give Heim an opportunity to get ahead of his second ARCA start at the 0.5-mile Southern Indiana short track, the 17-year-old recently tested at Salem where the team led by veteran crew chief Paul Andrews spent the day methodically working on race setups, including both short and long run sprints.

“We tested this past Friday and I think we made some improvements that will make us even better for the race,” added Heim. “I think a win is possible at Salem if we can get our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion dialed in for the long runs.

“Salem is such an awesome race track and I know we can compete; we just need some good breaks and a good car to end up in Victory Lane.”

Salem Speedway also marks the 12th career ARCA Menards Series race of the year for Heim. The Marietta, Ga. native will have just one more race on deck with CBR at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on Oct. 5.

“It’s been a pretty good season,” sounded Heim. “I’ve put pressure on myself to perform, because I expect to win. I have a lot of people that support me, and I know winning is a way of showing my gratitude for everyone’s hard work.

“I’ve had a lot of fun racing for Chad Bryant Racing this season and have learned so much in such a short amount of time. Paul’s leadership is tremendous and the constant contact from Chad (Bryant, car owner) and the rest of the team has helped make my rookie season one to remember.

“I want to win on Saturday night, I think we’ve proven we’re capable of winning, just need everything to go our way. If for some reason we can’t win on Saturday, I’ve got one more chance at Lucas Oil Raceway next month, where there’s nothing else that matters to me except winning.”

Andrews, a former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief is optimistic about the team’s return to Salem’s high banks too.

“We tested last week at Salem because we needed to be a little better than our first race in the spring,” offered Andrews. “Our test was good but still have some work to do. We have a good plan to go back with and Corey has done a great job behind the wheel this season.

“Hopefully, we can have a good night and get our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion in Victory Lane!”

Despite missing six races this season, Heim enters Saturday night’s ARCA race ninth in the championship standings with three races remaining.

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 Southern Illinois 100 (100 laps | 100 miles) is the 17th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Aug. 31 with an hour practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 5:30 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 fourth start at historic Salem Speedway

SALEM, Ind.: With just three races remaining in the ARCA Menards Series season, Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr) and his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team are focused on going out on a high note continuing with Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at the historic Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

21-year-old Graf Jr. will make his fourth start at the legendary Southern Indiana short track but hopes to deliver his first top-five at the treacherous short track under the lights on Sept. 14.

“It feels good getting back to short track racing,” said Graf Jr. who sits fifth in the ARCA championship standings. “I genuinely like Salem Speedway, but it’s a not an easy track to negotiate. It’s a track that takes a lot of concentration and focus.

“I keep getting better and better with every race on Salem, but I’d like to leave there on Saturday night with our best finish of the season.”

Carrying an average finish of 10th this season, Graf Jr. has certainly surpassed his top-10 statistics from his rookie ARCA season, but Graf Jr. says his season won’t be complete if he can’t launch his Chad Bryant Racing team back into Victory Lane.

Last summer, Graf Jr. earned his first career victory on a short track at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway.

“I want to win so bad,” added Graf. “That’s why I get behind the wheel of our race car every week. I need to win for a lot of reasons. I have a great partner in EAT SLEEP RACE who has stuck through our team through the bumps in the road this season and my guys at the Chad Bryant Racing team who have given everything they can to bring me the fastest race car possible.

“It goes without saying that the season hasn’t gone as we hoped. It hasn’t been a horrific season by any means, but I think it’s fair to say that the goals and expectations that we set to accomplish back in February haven’t come to fruition. We still have three races to make the best of it and we will.”

To help Graf contend for his second career ARCA win, his Chad Bryant Racing team recently tested at the 0.533-mile short track where the Mooresville, N.C.-based team spent the day focusing on qualifying and race runs. Satisfied with the test, Graf Jr. is eager to return for race weekend.

“We made some strides during the test,” added Graf. “I know my crew chief Chad (Bryant) is going to make a few tweaks from the test and hopefully we come back even faster than we were at the test.

“For us, I need to make sure I’m saving my tires as much as I can and we keep us with the balance of our race car as the race transition from day to night. It’s going to be a fast-paced race, so we just need to make sure we’re able to pounce when it counts.”

For the 18th 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 200-lap race.

“We just launched some really cool hats with EAT SLEEP RACE, so I encourage everyone to check them out,” sounded Graf Jr. “It’s been great to see EAT SLEEP RACE get all kinds of exposure this season. Fall is here and EAT SLEEP RACE has some cool items. I hope everyone checks them out.”

While juggling racing in ARCA and the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Graf Jr. has also returned to New York where he’ll continue his college education at New York University where he is beginning his sophomore year pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.

“It’s going to be a busy fall, but I embrace it,” added Graf Jr. “I’m very lucky that I’ve been able to be a student at NYU while also following my dreams of being a professional race car driver.

“My internship at Richard Childress Racing earlier this year allowed me to learn so much that I plan to use that knowledge to the best of my ability and apply it to my everyday college life at NYU.”

Entering Salem, Graf Jr. has 36 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 17 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with three races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing. He’ll compete in at least one more race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway respectively on Fri. Sept. 20, 2019.
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 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic (200 laps | 111 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Sep. 14 with an hour practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 4:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:00 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 (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.

Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Race Recap

Salem (Ind.) Speedway | Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Race Recap
Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Sixth
Finish: Fifth; Running (101 | 101 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 11th

Corey Heim Quote: “I’m really proud of the Chad Bryant Racing team. Can’t thank my crew chief Paul (Andrews) enough for sticking with me. I got into the wall on Saturday during practice and really did a lot of damage to our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion.

“The guys repaired the car and it was still fast. We struggled a little bit at the start of the race, but the car got better during the long run and unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to see what we really had after the pit stop with the rain.

“Still, it’s a good finish and momentum to carry me to my next ARCA race at Nashville next month.”

Next Up: General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Fri., Apr. 26, 2019.

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.

Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Race Recap

Salem (Ind.) Speedway | Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Race Recap
Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: Fifth
Finish: Ninth; Running (100 | 101 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fourth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Man, I wish the rain would have held off. We had a pretty good No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion early in the race – but we struggled as the run progressed in Turns 3 and 4 getting the car to grip towards the top.

“Chad (Bryant, crew chief) made an adjustment there after we came in for tires and I would have liked to see how it would have played out under green. We got trapped a lap down during the long green flag run – but I think we had the speed to get back on the lead lap and hustle back to the front if the rain would not have come.

“Our performance this weekend from start to finish though was a step in the right direction moving forward and we’ll take our first top-10 finish of the season and carry on to Talladega in a few weeks.

“I can’t thank EAT SLEEP RACE and all of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their continued support, it means a lot.”

Next Up: General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Fri., Apr. 26, 2019.

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.

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 Jr. ready to “EAT SLEEP RACE Salem” with Chad Bryant Racing

SALEM, Ind. – Upbeat about a recent ARCA Menards Series test at Salem (Ind.) Speedway with his Chad Bryant Racing, sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) heads to the historic short track eyeing his second career series victory and an opportunity to put his season back on track in Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.

Sitting fourth in points and within reach of second place, Graf Jr. is ready to get down to business and in the spirit of his marketing EAT SLEEP RACE – the rising star is eager to “EAT SLEEP RACE SALEM” aboard his No. 77 Ford Fusion.

“Yeah, I’m pretty hungry to go out there and have a good run on Sunday,” offered Graf who will make his third ARCA start at Salem Speedway. “We had a pretty good test. Did a lot. Learned a lot and I think we should be in good shape on Sunday afternoon.”

In his previous two starts at the half-mile bullring, Graft Jr. narrowly missed top-10 efforts with back-to-back 11th place performances in April and September respectively.

“I was frustrated with 11th – because I felt like we were so close to top-10 runs both times,” recalled Graf. “Salem isn’t a walk in the park when it comes to a particular driving style. Its relatively rough surface demands a pretty physical race where you have to get up on the wheel and drive.

“I’m prepared to get up and drive my No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion to the front and stay there. We had a decent recovery at Five Flags – with an 11th (chuckles) – but I’m ready to get our Chad Bryant Racing team back inside the top-10 where we belong.”

For the third 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.

“Super pumped to have EAT SLEEP RACE back on board this weekend at Salem,” offered Graf Jr. “We are working with them on several different projects and they have been instrumental in making our social media campaign surrounding Daytona a success.

“I’m also really happy about my own clothing through EAT SLEEP RACE and look forward to seeing that thrust as the season goes on. A lot of good things going on for me both on and off the track.”
Graf’s crew chief and car owner Chad Bryant says Salem is the perfect opportunity for the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE team to get back on the throttle and gain some momentum ahead of the summer stretch.
“Joe has always done a good job at Salem in the past – but he’s determined to take that experience and use it to the fullest potential on Sunday,” said Bryant.

“He will be one of the most experienced drivers in the field and that should play into our hands. A win on Sunday would be huge for me, Joe, the guys and EAT SLEEP RACE.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club on-board camera for his third start at Salem 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 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (200 laps | 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr. 13 with an hour and a half session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., Apr. 14 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

Corey Heim readies second ARCA start with Chad Bryant Racing

SALEM, Ind. – It seems like an eternity since Corey Heim made his ARCA Menards Series debut at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway last month – but the wait is nearly over, and Heim will soon saddle in his Chad Bryant Racing prepared Ford Fusion hoping for a stellar performance in his Salem (Ind.) Speedway debut in Sunday afternoon’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 on April 14.

Feeling adequately prepared and schooled about the high-banks of the historic Southern Indiana short track, Heim knows that his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion should be capable of catching the checkered flag in the third ARCA race of the season.

“Looking forward to Salem Speedway this weekend,” said Heim. “It’s a very domineering race track but I feel like it’s a place that should fit into my driving style. It’s a fast place and 200 laps will go quickly, but I think we should be a contender on Sunday and that has me really pumped up.”

Heim recently participated in a private test session at the 0.5-mile oval where Heim spent the day getting up to speed while also working with championship crew chief Paul Andrews on the handling of his Ford Fusion – all knowing that Heim has to be prepared for short and long runs on Sunday.

“The car was pretty balanced,” Heim offered. “We want to be better. We want to be faster – but I feel pretty confident, nonetheless. The guys are bringing me a good car and it’s going to be up to me to make the most of it during the race.”

Hoping to use some of the same principles that propelled him to a fifth-place finish in his ARCA debut at Five Flags, Heim wants to use some of that same mentality on Sunday – but knows that the pace will be fast on Sunday – and that opens up the door for things to change in a hurry.

“We got into a good rhythm at Five Flags – where you could ride for a little bit, but that won’t be the case at Salem – I don’t think,” chatted Heim. “You run 16 or 17 laps around there and you’re more than likely going to be around race cars for the entire race – so you have to be on your game and we have to do a good job to make sure we have a good strategy so we can be at the right place or the right time.”

Car owner Chad Bryant said he was impressed with Heim’s debut and while he showcases a quiet and calm demeanor – that persona proves to be an impressive tactic on the race track.

“Corey flies under the radar and I think he prefers it that way,” added Bryant. “He lets his results speak for himself. He had an exceptional showing in his ARCA debut at Five Flags and I don’t expect any different at Salem this weekend.

“Corey and Paul are connecting on a crew chief – driver level and they are eager to show the world their potential.”

Despite not competing in the season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, after two ARCA Menards Series races this season, Heim occupies 11th in the championship standings with 18 races remaining in 2019.

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 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (200 laps | 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr. 13 with an hour and a half session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., Apr. 14 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

Chad Bryant Racing pleased with Salem Speedway ARCA test

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – With the third race of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season less than a week away, Chad Bryant Racing is putting the final touches on their two-car team hoping its enough to propel the Mooresville, N.C.-based team into Victory Lane in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 on April 14.

With drivers Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr), Corey Heim (@CoreyHeim3) and Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) eager for some on-track time at the historic half-mile oval, the veteran ARCA team spent a majority of the test session focused on handling and stability on their No. 22 and No. 77 Ford Fusions respectively.

For Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, his return to Salem Speedway is an opportunity to better his two eleventh place finishes at the Southern Indiana short track in his third start.

“The test was productive,” said Graf. “Salem Speedway is such a stout race track. You can’t have any fear getting around there and you best be ready to get on the throttle in Turns 3 and 4. If you aren’t kissing the wall, you’re not getting around Salem fast enough.

“You need to be good speed wise coming out of Turn 2 onto the backstretch and then get that launch into Turn 3 that can propel you through Turn 4 and back to the start-finish line. We kept working on that throughout the day. Whether we were on old tires or new tires, you have to be pretty for every condition.

“At the end of the day, I felt we had good speed and hope to come back a little quicker next weekend.”

Heim who made his ARCA debut at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway last month is seeking his second consecutive top-five finish. And while Salem can be brutal to rookie drivers, the Georgia driver quickly adapted with the guidance of crew chief Paul Andrews.

“It’s a fast place,” offered Heim. “Joe (Graf Jr.) said handling is the key to success at Salem and he wasn’t kidding. For me, it was first finding my comfort and then getting that good balance on our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion.

“Once I had that comfort – we went right into our mock simulation modes and I overall we were pretty satisfied. I think Salem is one of those places you’re going to have to chase the handling of your race car from start to finish. And I think the weather will be a factor too.

“We’ve got a good baseline for the car and look to build on that next weekend.”

CBR general manager and crew chief Andrews said he was satisfied with the outcome.

“The test went very good and we had great weather too,” Andrews said. “Chad Bryant Racing has a good baseline setup and we made it better with Corey throughout the day. We had good speed in race and mode and even better speed in qualifying trim and that’s all positive.

“Joe’s car seemed to be equally fast with Chad (Bryant) on a mission Can’t wait to get back there and see how it all turns out.”

For team owner and crew chief Bryant – he is poised to return to Salem next weekend and earn his second ARCA victory since taking ownership of what was Cunningham Motorsports at the beginning of the 2018 season.

“We have some fast cars,” offered Bryant. “But we always want to be faster. The drivers worked hard and Ty (Majeski) was a good asset to help both drivers. A lot of ARCA teams tested at Salem and no doubt will come back better, so we need to too.

“It would be great to get Joe a good finish to keep his season pointed in the right direction and a strong effort for Corey in his first ARCA start at Salem will only give the No. 22 team more momentum for the next race.

“It’s going to be a competitive race – but no reason we can’t be contenders.”

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 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 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (200 laps | 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr. 13 with an hour and a half session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., Apr. 14 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

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.