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Chad Bryant Racing sets sights on Daytona ARCA test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.: The season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on February 8, 2020, is the ARCA Menards Series’ Super Bowl event and Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) is eyeing one of the most coveted trophies of the season.

To help prepare the Mooresville, N.C.-based team for the first race of the season, the organization will partake in this weekend’s open ARCA Menards Series test session at the 2.5-mile superspeedway with two familiar faces and a promising young rookie.

Chad Bryant Racing will field three automobiles during the two-day test on January 10th and 11th while planning to return to the “World Center of Racing” in a month with at least two entries eyeing the team’s first win of the season.

ARCA Menards Series veteran Tom Hessert III (@tomhessert) will drive the team’s No. 2 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion this weekend. Hessert, a native of Cherry Hill, N.J. is a six-time ARCA winner, four with Cunningham Motorsports, the predecessor of Chad Bryant Racing.

The 33-year-old is a former pole sitter at Daytona and owns three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 11 career starts between 2008 to 2018.

“I am extremely excited to get back to Daytona this weekend,” offered Hessert. “Chad and I are great friends and when he asked me to come test, I jumped at the opportunity.

“It’s kind of a reunion for me, as I spent so much time racing out of that shop with Chad and Paul (Andrews, crew chief and team manager). I hope to be able to lend some of my experience to my teammates this weekend and help prepare them for the race next month.”

Returning to Chad Bryant Racing at Daytona is Hampton, Va. native Connor Hall (@connor_hall77).

An exceptional short track racer – Hall burst onto the ARCA Menards Series scene last February with an impressive showing in his ARCA debut driving the No. 22 Ford Fusion for CBR.

Recovering from a mid-race spin to finish a strong 11th in his first superspeedway race last February, the 22-year-old is thrilled to reunite with Andrews and improve on what they started nearly 12 months ago.

LetLoveLive Animal Rescue will support Hall in his third career ARCA Menards Series start, while Breeden Concrete, Knot Done Yet Sportfishing and Structural Steel Products will serve as associate partners for Daytona.

“I’m extremely happy and fortunate to be back with Chad Bryant Racing,” said Hall. “As always, I’m looking forward to working with Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews) and the No. 22 team. The test and next month’s race wouldn’t be possible without LetLoveLive and their initiative, as well as Breeden Concrete, Knot Done Yet Sportfishing and Structural Steel Products. I’m ready to get to work but have some fun too.”

Newcomer Jacob Heafner (@JacobHeafner) will round out the trio of cars this weekend at Daytona for CBR.

Heafner, a native of Dallas, N.C. will turn his first laps in an ARCA Menards Series car this weekend and return to the facility to partake in his series’ debut aboard the No. 77 Ford Fusion in February.

Heafner, 20, efforts will be supported by PowerHouse Recycling, a marker leader in certified electronics recycling and IT asset management services.

The veteran Late Model Stock racer and 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model champion is eager for his first laps around the historic Daytona high banks.

“I’m so blessed to have this incredible opportunity to drive for Chad Bryant Racing at Daytona,” sounded Heafner. “While I’m very eager to get on track, I understand the magnitude of this race and I’ll be incredibly focused on working with Chad (Bryant) and the rest of my Chad Bryant Racing team to take in as much knowledge as I can, while following the advice and guidance of my teammates.

“Looking forward to a strong weekend of testing and gaining some momentum for the actual race.”

Team owner Chad Bryant, who is also a championship-winning ARCA crew chief says his team lineup for the Daytona test is full of experience and talent – two potent combinations needed to make Daytona successful.

“We’re heading to Daytona and ready to get another year underway,” he said. “I can’t thank all the people on this Chad Bryant Racing team including Paul (Andrews) and Todd (Myers) for their dedication and leadership to bring a strong fleet of cars to the race track.

“Tom is going to be a great asset to assist Connor and Jacob who are not only eager to learn but focused on going fast and turning heads. My goal is to come out of the test with our goals conquered and the bigger picture on the race next month.”

For more on Tom Hessert III, please follow him on Twitter (@tomhessert).

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Chad Bryant Racing taps Tom Hessert III to pinch-hit for Chase Briscoe at Lucas Oil Raceway

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – With the most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe committed to his program with Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, officials from Chad Bryant Racing confirmed that Tom Hessert III will drive the team’s No. 22 Nutri Chomps Ford in the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

Inclement weather forced the postponed of the Sept. 7 race to nearly a month later and with Briscoe unavailable, team owner Chad Bryant says Hessert is a perfect hit to drive the team’s second car in the Oct. 6 race.

“First, everyone at Chad Bryant Racing is incredibly proud of Chase (Briscoe) for winning the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend,” Bryant said. “We were still committed to running two cars at Lucas Oil Raceway – but with everything that’s occurred since Chase winning Charlotte and looking at the logistics we didn’t think it was fair to Chase or Nutri Chomps to ask him to pull double duty hundreds of miles apart on the same day.

“Tom is a great driver who had a lot of success when I worked at Cunningham Motorsports. He is a smart racer who knows what it takes to win, and I think he’ll make the most of this opportunity on Saturday night.”

“Chad and I talked about going and racing a couple of places this season, but he’s been focused on the 77 car and I’ve been busy selling cars,” Hessert said. “When the race at Lucas Oil got rained out, I thought ‘you know, Chase is probably going to need to be somewhere else’ and I gave Chad a call.

“He and I work really well together. We’ve stayed in touch and we’re great friends. I stopped by the shop earlier in the week to make sure all of my gear was ready to go, and everything felt just like it did before. It’s very comfortable. Like racing with your family.”

Hessert drove for CBM’s predecessor Cunningham Motorsports in 2010 and again from 2013 through 2015. Hessert made 81 of his 185 career ARCA starts in Cunningham Motorsports car with success. Team owners Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham sold the team to crew chief Bryant prior to the start of the 2018 season.

“Lucas Oil Raceway should be a lot of fun and I can’t thank everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and Nutri Chomps for the opportunity,” added Hessert.

Primary marketing partner Nutri Chomps is one of several product lines by Scott Pet Inc. Scott Pet is headquartered in Rockville, Ind. and is a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of quality pet products for over 40 years.

Throughout his storied career, Hessert has scored six wins, 55 top-five finishes, 110 top-10 finishes, and five General Tire Pole Awards. Four of Hessert’s six wins came with Cunningham Motorsports, including his first career win at Iowa Speedway in 2010.

Four of Hessert’s triumphs have come on short tracks, including the Iowa victory and three more at the historic Salem Speedway. His most recent victory came on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 2016. The Cherry Hill, N.J. driver finished fourth at Daytona earlier this season, his only other start of 2018 driving for another organization.

Chad Bryant Racing will also field an entry for its flagship car, the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Joe Graf Jr. in the penultimate short track race of the season.

The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 6 with an hour and a half session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag that night shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on ARCARacing.com with a to-be-announced air date on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also offer live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please follow them on Twitter @ChadBryantRace.