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Pocono a Home Race for Jersey Boy Joe Graf, Jr.

The ARCA Menards Series comes to Pocono Raceway after a Thursday night 150-miler at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a race most of the teams in the series consider to be their home race. But for Mahwah, New Jersey’s Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford), Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is his home race.

Mahwah is 100 miles from the 2.5-mile layout nestled in the Pocono Mountains. And like anyone who gets to play on a stage in front of their home crowd, including friends and family, Graf wants to put on a good show.

“It’s always gratifying to race so close to home,” said Graf. “Thankfully, we’re able to race at Pocono twice a year and we’re going to have guests at the track both weekends, which makes the race weekend more memorable. Of course, being so close to home also allows me to go home and see friends and family after the race, so that’s a bonus too.”

Graf has two previous starts at the Tricky Triangle. He finished seventh in the June race last season but was a disappointing 26th in the July race. Graf, who earned his first career win at Berlin Raceway last August, will be going for his second career victory and his first of 2019 at Pocono. Despite the track’s technical nature and challenging layout, Graf is looking at the race as a good chance to get his first win of the season.

“I like Pocono because of its uniqueness,” he said. “Each turn is different, so it’s very important to get into a rhythm. I ran OK the first race and then had some bad luck in the July race but I’m a bit more optimistic this time around. We plan to be really aggressive at the test this week and hope to get our car dialed in.

“We’ve had some bad luck the last two races which has really hurt our championship efforts. We’re not giving up by any means, but we’re going to Pocono this weekend knowing we need to get back on track and leave there with a top-five finish, if not a win.”

Graf has a busy summer ahead. The General Tire 200 is the third of seven races in a row, a stretch that will conclude with an off weekend over the Fourth of July weekend. Graf will be racing that weekend, however, as he will be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway for Richard Childress Racing. It will be his third series start, following races at Michigan and Iowa. Graf, a student at New York University, is also an intern with the marketing department at RCR. It’s a unique opportunity that blends driving the racecar with the behind-the-scenes work that makes it all happen.

“The Richard Childress Racing internship has been more than I’ve ever expected,” he said. “I can’t begin to describe how much I’ve learned and embraced both on and off the track. I can’t believe the internship is almost over – but I’m going to continue to be at the shop a lot this summer not only because I’ll be racing with them a little bit – but because I’m learning so much that I want to continue to gain more knowledge. That is never a bad thing.”

While he does have other racing opportunities, Graf remains focused on succeeding in the ARCA Menards Series. He’d like to find the path to victory lane for the second time in his career after notching his first career win at Berlin Raceway last August.

“I want to win again, I’m hungry to win,” Graf explained. “The competition is stiff in the ARCA Menards Series though right now. Chad Bryant Racing is coming off a big win at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week at Charlotte, so we’ve proven that we have the equipment to get the job done, it’s just a lot about circumstances and even luck too.

“Chad (Bryant), my crew chief (and owner) is working relentlessly with the guys in the shop. We’ll get there. Maybe even this week at Pocono. I know I’ll get back to Victory Lane in ARCA soon. It’s not a matter of if, but when.”

The battle for the ARCA Menards Series championship continues in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday, May 31. Practice starts at 9 am ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 12 noon. The race is scheduled to start at 5:45 pm ET and will be televised live on FS2 with a same day replay on FS1 at 8 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat for free at ARCARacing.com. New users may join for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For tickets, log on to PoconoRaceway.com or call 800-RACEWAY.

Focused and marching forward for Joe Graf Jr. in Pocono Raceway return

LONG POND, Pa. – After a two-race rough patch, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing team invade Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for Friday afternoon’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 looking to get their season back on track and thrust Graf Jr. back into the championship fight.

From a season-high sixth-place finish at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to being involved in a multi-car crash at Toledo and suffering engine woes last week at Charlotte – the setbacks have certainly shaken the team’s momentum – but not their faith.

On Wednesday, Graf Jr. joined his Chad Bryant Racing teammates Corey Heim and Ty Majeski for a several-hour test at the 2.5-mile triangle and while the speed in his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion was only 10th quickest overall, 20-year-old Graf Jr. isn’t worried.

“Overall, it was a productive test,” said Graf Jr. who sits fifth in the championship standings. “We were working on long-run speed in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford and we were preparing to make our mock qualifying run and then the storms came.

“So, while we ended the test 10th quickest overall, I’m optimistic that we can have a super performance on Friday afternoon.”

Graf made two starts at the “Tricky Triangle” in 2018, and while a track-best 11th wasn’t exactly satisfying for Graf and his CBR team, Graf Jr. believes his track experience will pay dividends in the 80-lap race Friday afternoon.

“Pocono is so unique, it’s a race track that I just embrace and love to race at,” added Graf. “Each of the three turns are so different and you really have to set yourself up perfectly to get through the turns to set you up for the run on the straightaways.

“We felt content with our lap times during our long race pace. I think we still have some work to do during practice on Friday morning, but I think we’ll get there and have a good day on Friday.”

For the eighth 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.

“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.”

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.

“While we were OK with our test results on Wednesday, we all want more and that’s a positive,” added Bryant. “Joe seems to get more comfortable with Pocono with every passing lap. We’ll make some tweaks on the car from the test to race day and hope Joe approves.

“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 Pocono, Graf will carry the in-car camera myFace logos for his third start at Pocono Raceway. 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 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 (80 laps | 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., May 31 with an hour practice session from 9:00 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 5:45 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) with same day coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 8:00 p.m. 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.

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

Toledo Speedway | Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Sixth
Finish: 10th; Running (146 | 152 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 10th

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a decent car today at Toledo. Struggled a good bit right through the center of the corner and the balance needed some work. We were running fifth when I noticed the motor start to give up.

“At that point forward, I had to hang on to the lead lap with no power to the motor. In the end, we ended up with a top-10.

“We definitely need to get better. No doubt about it. But I’m still proud of my Chad Bryant Racing guys for all the improvements they made over the weekend to give me a good race car.”

Next Up: General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Thurs. May 23, 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.

Joe Graf Jr. wants more than a podium finish in Toledo Speedway return

TOLEDO, Ohio – Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) is on a streak in ARCA Menards Series competition.

But like any race car driver, he’s not satisfied unless he’s winning.

He’ll get his chance when the series treks to Toledo Speedway for Sunday afternoon’s running of the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion for Mooresville, N.C.-based Chad Bryant Racing is seeking his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in his second start at the iconic half-mile oval. Amongst his championship contenders, no other driver carries an active streak as Graf Jr.

While his sophomore season of ARCA competition didn’t start off on the right foot, Graf Jr. and championship crew chief Chad Bryant have methodically been working on getting Graf’s race cars better and the veteran team feels like Toledo is the right opportunity to put themselves inside the top-five and continue their top-10 streak heading into the summer stretch.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Toledo this weekend,” said Graf Jr. who sits fourth in the championship standings after five races. “We came and tested at Toledo Speedway and by the end of the day, I was pretty happy with what we had.

“Toledo is a relatively flat race track with little banking. That fits into my style and I think I showcased that with my third-place finish last May. This weekend, we’re looking not only at the opportunity to put myself back on the podium – but a chance to get back in Victory Lane.

“That would be a huge boost for our team.”

Knowing that Toledo Speedway usually is a race that formats itself into long green flag runs, Graf said it’s important for him to work with Bryant to make sure their No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion is adjusted correctly as the race goes on.

“Believe it or not, Toledo can be a pretty weather sensitive race track,” explained Graf. “We have to be prepared for that and I think we will be. With the new procedure this weekend of not losing any spots on pit road under caution, we can focus solely on our on-track product and make sure we’re just as good when the checkered flag nears as we are on when the green flag flies.”

For the sixth 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 Toledo Speedway historically has been a good track for him from a crew chief role and is eager to work with Graf and put themselves back in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.

“Joe has worked tremendously hard over the last few weeks both in and out of the car,” offered Bryant. “At Nashville we came close to a top-five because Joe drove his guts out.

“After the test last week at Toledo, I feel like we’re in the ballpark of where we need to be with the other championship-caliber teams in ARCA and Joe can compete for a win on Sunday. It’s going to be a competitive race but I expect Joe to be in the thick of the battle and coming back to Charlotte satisfied with our Toledo weekend.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club on-board camera for his second start at Toledo 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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 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.

Corey Heim eyes first career ARCA win at Toledo Speedway

TOLEDO, Ohio – For ARCA Menards Series rookie Corey Heim (@coreyheim3) the thought of winning races is a daily occurrence.

His next opportunity, in reality, steers him to Toledo Speedway site of Sunday afternoon’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

And while the Marietta, Ga. native has never been to the half-mile speedway before his private test at the iconic Northern Ohio short track last Friday, you never would know based on Heim’s finesse and lap times in preparation for his fourth career start.

Testing alongside his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) teammate Joe Graf Jr., Heim, 16, and crew chief Paul Andrews spent the majority of the day focused on race runs. All said and done, the teenage sensation is confident his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion will be a contender in the sixth ARCA race of 2019.

“We threw a couple different things at the car all day and each adjustment seemed to make it better,” said Heim on the ARCA test. “It was a long, but successful day. I think we need a little bit more qualifying speed, but other than that we are in great shape.”

Heim heads to Toledo hoping to recover from an unfortunate circumstance at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville earlier this month when his seatbelts became unlatched forcing Heim to pit under green and lose valuable laps to the leader. He returned to the race, seven laps down and finished 11th.

“Nashville was one of those freaky things,” added Heim. “It’s a bummer – because we had a decent day going. Not a good day, but we thought we were going to walk away with a top-10. Nothing we can do about what happened, we aren’t focused on the past, but instead concentrated on the future.”

Part of his future which includes running a majority of the ARCA schedule behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford, Heim says he knows he needs a stellar run at Toledo to give him some momentum towards his next race at Madison International Speedway, nearly a month from now.

“Toledo was a fun experience,” added Heim. “The track has a ton of grip and has nearly no banking which suits my driving style well. I’m really happy with our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford as well.

“Our long-run speed is definitely a strong suit and I’m confident we have one of the cars to beat for this Sunday’s race.”

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

“Toledo will be our fourth race together and we keep getting better,” said Andrews. “I thought we had better speed at Nashville than Pensacola or Salem. We tested this past Friday and I feel like we keep making significant gains on what Corey needs to win.

“Chad Bryant Racing loves going to Toledo. It’s a fast-flat half-mile track, that’s also exceptionally hard to pass. That seems to fit into Corey’s wheelhouse and (hopefully) we can get that first win. It will be a great day though when it happens Toledo or another race this season. I think we’re that close to winning.”

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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 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).

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville | General Tire Music City 200 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: Fourth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “It was a solid race for the Chad Bryant Racing team. We didn’t start off too good, but we got better throughout the race and ended up with a decent finish.

“We still have some work to do but we’re making steps in the right direction and that’s encouraging. We’ll keep working hard at the upcoming Charlotte ARCA test and Toledo is coming next weekend and we’ll see if we can’t ourselves and EAT SLEEP RACE a win.”

Next Up: Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sun., May 19, 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.

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville | General Tire Music City 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Seventh
Finish: 11th; Running (193 | 200 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: 10th

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a pretty good run going at Nashville this past weekend. Paul (Andrews, crew chief) had a great strategy and decided to take two tires later than most people allowing us to come up through the field to the top-five near the middle portion of the race.

“After we put four tires on the car, we got very tight and we were stuck in seventh for a long time. With around 30 laps to go, we had a safety belt break and I had to pull off unfortunately.

“I’m looking forward to getting this monkey off our back at Toledo. I know the team has run very well there in recent years.”

Next Up: Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sun., May 19, 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.