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Ty Majeski scores dominating win in Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway

Team: No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion
Driver: Ty Majeski
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @tymajeski
Start: Second
Finish: 1st; Winner!; Running (100 | 100 laps completed)

Event Notes:

• Majeski opened his return to the ARCA Menards Series at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway by leading practice Thursday afternoon at the 1.5-mile speedway.

• Majeski started second in his fifth ARCA Menards Series start of the season. He never ran worse than third the entire 100 laps.

• Minimal chassis adjustments allowed Majeski to keep his presence at the front of the field for a race-high 72 laps aboard the No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion.

• On older tires and battling a little bit of a tight race car, Majeski withstood challenges from his competitors on a Lap 81 restart and eventually pulled away to a 9.179 second triumph.

• In five ARCA races this season, Majeski has finished fourth, first, first, second and first respectively at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway respectively.

• Majeski is slated to run just one more ARCA Menards Series race this season, the season-finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18.

• The Bounty 150 marked Chad Bryant Racing’s fourth career ARCA Menards Series victory since acquiring the team from 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.

• Majeski’s teammate Graf Jr. finished 11th in a backup No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion.

Ty Majeski Quote:

“We’ve won all three races in a different way. “We didn’t have the best car at Charlotte and beat them on a couple of late race restarts, we got them in the pits at Pocono, we almost got them on fuel mileage at Michigan and we wore them out with the best car here tonight.

“I just wanted to hit my marks and keep the car out of trouble and bring it home. This is as much about showcasing Chad Bryant Racing and the stuff they build as it is showing the world what I can do and it would make me look horrible to throw away a car that dominant.

“Can’t thank my guys, Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews, crew chief) and Crestliner enough for the opportunity.”

ARCA Next Up: Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on July 12, 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.

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.

Joe Graf Jr.; EAT SLEEP RACE focused on Chicagoland Speedway return

JOLIET, Ill. – Continuing to grind through a seven-week consecutive ARCA Menards Series stretch at Chicagoland Speedway, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing team head to Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway focused on another top-five finish in Thursday night’s Bounty 150.

This past weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Graf led his second laps of the 2019 season, and while a late race gamble on fuel turned dry in the closing laps, the No. 77 team led by championship crew chief Chad Bryant is still upbeat heading to the Windy City.

“We feel pretty good despite our 11th place finish at Gateway,” said Graf. “I think as a team we executed a lot on Saturday, but we took a gamble and it just didn’t pan out. That’s racing sometimes. I’m eager to get to Chicago and end this stretch of ARCA racing on a positive note.”

20-year-old Graf will make his second start at Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Last June, he finished a respectable 13th after starting 14th in just his second intermediate track of his career.

“I’ve learned a lot since last year,” added Graf. “Just about how to handle these cars, move them around the air by myself or around other cars, you are always learning. We’ve shown that our Chad Bryant Racing cars have speed on the bigger tracks this year, I’m hoping to earn our second top-five of the year on Thursday night.”

For the 11th 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 Chevrolet for the 150-mile race.

Bryant has elected to bring the same race car that Graf finished fourth earlier this month at Michigan International Speedway. Showcasing speed throughout his second trip to the Irish Hills, Graf is hoping for the same type of performance from his race car this week.

“We had a lot of speed at Michigan,” Graf mentioned. “We worked on the handling throughout the race – but I think we made some major strides. Hopefully, we can unload with the same type of speed in practice on Thursday and carry to the end of the 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 the effort from everyone to help put EAT SLEEP RACE’s name out there on a weekly basis,” he added. “We’ve got some stuff up our sleeve for the rest of the year and can’t wait for all that to be unveiled soon.”

Bryant explains that while the No. 77 team finish at Gateway didn’t reflect their performance, it was a relatively good boost to the second half of the 2019 season.

“I’m proud of Joe,” Bryant said. “He wheeled that car at Gateway and was up front for a lot of that race. While we didn’t have the finish we had hoped, there’s a lot of good vibe around our team right now and I hope we can capitalize on that at Chicagoland.”

Entering Chicago, Graf Jr. has one win, seven top-five and 14 top-10s in 30 career ARCA Menards Series starts in two seasons of competition. A fourth-place qualifying effort at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2018 is his best time trials effort to date.

For the 12th race of the season, Graf will carry the in-car camera myFace logos for his second start at Chicagoland Speedway. 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 Bounty 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs. June 27 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:00 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 (Central).

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; Chad Bryant Racing seek third ARCA win of 2019 at Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, Ill. – Returning to the seat of the No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion for his scheduled penultimate ARCA Menards Series race of the season, Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) seeks his third win of the season in his fifth start in Thursday night’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway.

Majeski returns to the No. 22 Ford team led by veteran and NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews on the heels of his CBR teammate Corey Heim delivering his career-best fourth place finish this past weekend at Word Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

With momentum beside him, Majeski turns to the Windy City and looks to continue to impress in his limited ARCA return which carries an average finishing position of 2.0.

“I feel really good about heading into Chicago,” said Majeski. “I feel like it is my best 1.5 mile track. It has a ton of character and you’re able to move around and find speed.

“We went for it in my last ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway and were just a corner short of our third win of the year. I think we can go to Chicago this weekend and look to finish what we started there.”

To stay fresh in the seat, Majeski took advantage of his off weekends in ARCA and competed in several Late Model events in the Midwest with similar results.

“Had a good couple of off weekends,” added Majeski. “We raced our Super Late Model three times and came home with two seconds and a win. It’s awesome to have a great opportunity to jump in competitive cars when I have a hole in my schedule. I love Super Late Models and I’ll always come back and run them when I can.”

Majeski enters Chicagoland Speedway with plenty of experience on his side at the 1.5-mile intermediate race track. In his two previous ARCA outings, Majeski has earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2016 and 2017 respectively – finishing a track best seventh after starting second in 2017 for car owner Briggs Cunningham.

“I have plenty of experience at Chicagoland I’m all hoping that will pay off for us this week,” added Majeski who sits 17th in the championship standings despite only competing in four races.

“Of course the track will have aged a little bit from the last time I’ve been there and the weather conditions will be different racing in the summer compared to the fall, but I know Paul (Andrews, crew chief) is going to bring a good car to the track and it will be up to me to capitalize on it.”

Following Chicagoland, Majeski isn’t scheduled to return to the No. 22 Ford until the season finale at Kansas Speedway in October. Majeski hopes an opportunity will present itself to race more in ARCA with CBR this season, but if not, it’s been a whirlwind season.

“When we started this program together, we all hoped it would go like this,” sounded Majeski. “It’s been a great few races and I think we’ve made the most of them. We still have two more we want to win!

“I think we have proved we are a force to be reckoned with each and every race we enter. We find a way to be in contention to win even if we don’t have the fastest car. That’s just a testament to Paul Andrews and the entire No. 22 team. I can’t wait for Thursday night.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who returns to the No. 22 Ford Fusion in two weeks for the Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on July 13, 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 visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

The Bounty 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs. June 27 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:00 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 (Central).

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.

Ty Majeski Looking for Third ARCA Menards Series Win of 2019 in Thursday’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland

It’s not too often that a professional athlete has a resurgence before their 25th birthday. After a difficult 2018 season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, that’s exactly what’s happening in 2019 for Ty Majeski.

Majeski is still two months away from his 25th birthday and he’s already four-time champion in the ARCA Midwest Tour for super late models. He started 2019 without a full-time ride in NASCAR after the team he drove a partial season for last year ceased operations, leaving him with nothing but his late model ride for the season.

A deal was reached for Majeski to take the reins of Chad Bryant Racing’s second car for six ARCA Menards Series races starting at Talladega, with races at Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, Chicago, and Kansas also on the schedule. Majeski has all but erased the memories of a tough 2018 with four impressive races, finishing fourth at Talladega, winning both Charlotte and Pocono, and finishing second at Michigan after running out of fuel while leading off turn four coming to the checkered flag.

While some observers may have written Majeski off after a tough season last year, he never gave up on himself and he believe his results this season can reopen some doors that may have otherwise have been closed.

“It’s been a great season so far and I’m incredibly thankful to Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews) for the opportunity,” said Majeski. “We went into the season with a couple of goals – wanting to win a race and we’ve won two so far.

“For me, it’s been very positive to have a lot of success and build confidence and I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion this week at Chicago.”

With the previous success this season, that also gives Majeski high hopes for Thursday’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t think we have a good chance to win the race,” he said. “Paul and the guys have been working hard on the car and I like Chicago. We just need to go to Chicago and do what we’ve been doing and that’s been executing.”

Majeski, from Seymour, Wisconsin, will also have the chance to race in front of a lot of friends, family, and fans that may have been able to see him win a lot of those ARCA Midwest Tour races but didn’t get a chance to see him when he was racing in the XFINITY Series last season. While he’d like to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd, that doesn’t necessarily increase the pressure on him.

“It’s always a great feeling to have a lot of support at the race track and I’ve had that in 2019. My family and friends have been at both races I’ve won this year and obviously with this race being pretty close to Wisconsin – I’ll have a lot of support on Thursday night and that means a lot to me.”

The Midwest racing scene that Majeski has come through to get to this point has developed many of the top names in stock car racing history. Wisconsin has produced drivers like Dick Trickle and Alan Kulwicki, both of whom had tremendous success on the short tracks and went on to bigger things in NASCAR. Majeski has the opportunity not only to follow in Kulwicki’s footsteps as a driver, but he’s also working directly with Paul Andrews, who was Kulwicki’s crew chief when he won the NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1992.

“The chemistry between myself and Paul is very strong and that has made us very successful this season. His experience and knowledge is through the roof and we communicate very well. He believes in what I’m telling about the race car – so the changes he makes allows us to get faster and contender for wins.

“Right now, I’ve only got Chicagoland and Kansas left in the No. 22 car – so I want to go out there and see if we can’t get two more wins this season – because without Paul I know I wouldn’t be in Victory Lane.”

Practice at Chicagoland Speedway is set for 1 pm ET/12 noon CT, with General Tire Pole Qualifying set for 5:35 pm ET/4:35 pm CT. The Bounty 150 will take the green flag shortly after 8 pm ET/7 pm CT and will be televised live flag-to-flag on FS1. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New members can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted tickets are available at nearly 75 Chicagoland-area Menards locations for just $10. For more information, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway | Day to Day Coffee 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 11th
Finish: 11th; Running; (113 | 120 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “We are disappointed with our finish but not by our performance. We were able to use track position to our advantage to keep our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion near the front and even lead a couple laps.

“Unfortunately, we stretched ourselves hoping to get a caution and ran out of gas. We were then penalized by ARCA for intentionally causing a caution which was false.

“We were slapped with a five-race penalty which ultimately ruined our chances at a good finish. We’ll take the positives from Gateway though and move onto Chicagoland and see if we can get back in the top-five.”

Next Up: Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Thurs., Jun. 27 live on FS1.

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.

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway | Day to Day Coffee 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Third
Finish: Fourth; Running (120 | 120 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: 13th

Corey Heim Quote: “Solid race at Gateway. We ran up front all night long and had a couple chances to win the race.

“I learned a bunch about aero (dynamics) and qualities of the bigger race tracks. This was a great experience and I’m looking forward to more great runs with this Chad Bryant Racing team.”

ARCA Next Up: Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Thurs., Jun. 27 live on FS1.

Heim Next Up: Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on Sat., July 13 live on MAVTV.

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.

Back on track Joe Graf Jr. set to tackle Gateway

MADISON, Ill. – On the strength of three consecutive top-10 finishes in the ARCA Menards Series, sophomore Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) heads to World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) at Gateway for Saturday night’s Day to Day Coffee 150.

While Graf Jr. is eager to produce more top-fives than top-10 finishes as the series’ hits their halfway point in the 2019 season, Graf on the heels of his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this past weekend at Iowa Speedway believes his No. 77 Chad Bryant Racing team can close the gap and slide into Victory Lane.

“Madison wasn’t what we hoped, even though we came out of there with a top-10 finish,” said Graf Jr. who occupies fifth in the championship standings with 10 races remaining. “As a team, we’ve got to do a better job with execution and start running more consistently inside the top-five. Gateway would be a good place to kickoff the second half with that.”

To help prepare the 20-year-old for his second start at WWTR, Graf Jr. and his Chad Bryant-led team recently participated in a test at the 1.25-mile track where the team worked aggressively on setup in hopes of earning Graf his seventh top-10 of 2019.

“The test was productive,” added Graf Jr. “We were supposed to test on Wednesday and got rained out, so we had to push it back until Thursday. We weren’t able to test in the conditions that we’ll experience this week, but it was still productive to get on the track and get some seat time.”

Looking to better his eighth-place performance from 2018, the rising star enjoys racing in St. Louis.

“Gateway reminds me of a short track and intermediate track all in one. It has long straightaways and sweeping turns which produces good racing. While it can be sometimes hard to pass, there is room to pass but you just have to work hard and setup your passes. I think restarts will be pivotal on Saturday night, hopefully it’s a good night for us.”

For the 11th 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 150-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 the effort from everyone to help put EAT SLEEP RACE’s name out there on a weekly basis,” he added. “We’ve got some stuff up our sleeve for the rest of the year and can’t wait for all that to be unveiled soon.”

ARCA team owner and crew chief Chad Bryant explains that while the No. 77 hasn’t met their goals from the first half of the 2019 season, there’s still plenty of time to achieve them for the second half.

“Everyone is working day and night to make sure we’re bringing Joe the most competitive race cars we can,” Bryant said. “We’ve had plenty of ups and downs so far this year, but heading to Gateway, I really feel like we can turn the corner and get Joe back up near the front where he belongs.

“I’m proud of him for his solid effort in the Xfinity Series car at Iowa Speedway and hope he can carry that momentum back to the ARCA side on Saturday night.”

Entering Gateway, Graf Jr. has one win, seven top-five and 14 top-10s in 29 career ARCA Menards Series starts in two seasons of competition. A fourth-place qualifying effort at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2018 is his best time trials effort to date.

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 Day to Day Coffee 150 (120 laps | 150 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 22 with a 50-minute practice session from 11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. A final 55-minute practice has been slated from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:45 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).

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 eager for top-five performance in Gateway debut

MADISON, Ill. – Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) development driver Corey Heim heads to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway this weekend looking to return to top-five status in Saturday night’s Day to Day Coffee 150.

Last weekend at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway, Heim had a solid No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion but found himself being taken out by another competitor halfway through the race and left the team with a 10th place finish.

Eager to rebound and deliver Chad Bryant Racing’s third ARCA Menards Series win of the year, Heim is ready for business.

“I’m still pretty frustrated about last weekend at Madison to be honest,” said Heim. “These Chad Bryant Racing pour their guts out to put competitive cars on the track and for us to be taken out by someone is tasteless.

“But by the time the garage opens at Gateway this weekend, I need to put Madison behind me and focus on making my Gateway debut as positive as possible.”

To help the 16-year-old prepare for his WWTR debut, Heim’s Chad Bryant Racing team led by veteran crew chief Paul Andrews participated in a private test at the 1.25-mile track last week and even though their test was shortened by weather, Heim was appreciative of the track time.

“I think our test went great last week, added Heim. “We unloaded with a great car and got better with each and every run. I think we’ve got a great price for this weekend’s race. Gateway is a very unique track as it is, I’ve never raced on something like it. Both corners are completely different, and you have to downshift in turns one and two, which I’ve never done before. I think a good goal for us this weekend will be a top-five.”

Despite being in and out of the No. 22 seat and sharing it with teammate Ty Majeski, the Marietta, Ga. native says his relationship with Andrews continues to improve and he doesn’t believe it will be long before he’s in Victory Lane.

“My relationship with Paul only continues to get stronger with every race,” added Heim. “After Chicagoland next week, I’ll be in the car for the rest of the season besides Kansas. I think to be in the seat that often will be important for me to get in that position to win my first ARCA race.

“This is the first race on a speedway-like track for me and I think a top-five is a good goal for the Chad Bryant Racing team. The biggest thing I’ve learned in ARCA so far is how to drive a heavy car with a lot of horsepower. Late models are light and sleek, while ARCA cars are heavy with a lot of horsepower.

“It’s been a big learning curve for me, but I think we’ve made a lot of progress since the beginning of the season. I’m very excited to get under way at Gateway this weekend with my team, I think we’ve got a good shot to run up front and compete for the win.”

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

“Gateway will be our sixth race together – but like Corey said we are improving,” Andrews mentioned. “We weren’t happy with our car last weekend. We were off a little bit to start the race and when Corey was on a charge to get to the front, we got taken out.

“This weekend at Gateway, I think we’ll be in better shape, especially since Corey was able to test and get some laps under his belt. Hopefully, we can put ourselves in a good position to put Chad Bryant Racing back in the winners’ circle on Saturday night.”

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 Day to Day Coffee 150 (120 laps | 150 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 22 with a 50-minute practice session from 11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. A final 55-minute practice has been slated from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:45 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).

Madison International Speedway | Shore Lunch 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 10th
Finish: Ninth; Running; (198 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Disappointed with our finish. We just missed it a little bit with the handling and I thought when we had an opportunity to get better and improve it, we had issues with another car and got a flat tire and set us back even more.

“A top-10 is OK, but our team should be running in the top-five and that’s what we’ll strive to accomplish at Gateway.”

Next Up: Day to Day Coffee 150 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sat., June 22, 2019 live on MAVTV.

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:

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Madison International Speedway | Shore Lunch 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Seventh
Finish: 10th; Running (195 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 13th

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a decent car. I put our team in a hole in qualifying, starting seventh and found it hard to get through the field. We had a really long green flag run and the car seemed to get better in the mid-portion of the race.

“Then, I was passing for sixth place and got turned into the fence. I held my ground on the inside and couldn’t do anything different. From there, it was just hanging on to what we could get.

“Unfortunate end to the night but I know my team and I are getting better every race.”

Next Up: Day to Day Coffee 150 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sat., June 22, 2019 live on MAVTV.

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.