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Kansas Speedway | ARCA Kansas 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 21st
Finish: Ninth; Running; (99 |100 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “We had an unfortunate battery – alternator issue during qualifying, so we had to start at the rear of the field. We quickly worked our way towards the front but just couldn’t get the track position or the cautions to fall our way to make any further progress.

“We picked off a couple positions at the end and still soldiered on to a top-10 finish for everyone at EAT SLEEP RACE and Chad Bryant Racing. I appreciate everyone’s efforts and support in making the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season possible.”

ARCA Next Up: Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sat., Feb. 8, 2020.

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.

Kansas Speedway | ARCA Kansas 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Crestliner | Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion
Driver: Ty Majeski
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @tymajeski
Start: Third
Finish: Third, Running (100 | 100 laps completed)

Ty Majeski Quote: “What a season we’ve had in the ARCA Menards Series this year. Three wins, a second, a third and a fourth place. Just missed it a little on Friday night to compete for the win, but a huge thank you to Chad Bryant Racing, Paul Andrews (crew chief) and Crestliner Boats.

“Great season for everyone involved.”

ARCA Next Up: Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sat., Feb. 8, 2020.

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 look to end 2019 on high note at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan: The season-finale is upon the ARCA Menards Series and for sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr. and his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team, Friday night’s ARCA Kansas 150 provides one more opportunity to get back to Victory Lane.

And for the 21-year-old driver, there might not be more motivation than wondering what could have been. In the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway earlier this month, Graf Jr. appeared to be set to cruise to his second career ARCA victory but contact while battling another driver for the lead ultimately drew a caution and the advantage that Graf’s No. 77 Chad Bryant Racing team had was quickly a disadvantage.

Knowing the past can’t be changed, Graf’s team looks forward to having the opportunity to finish what they started under the lights at Kansas Speedway.

“Lucas Oil was tough to swallow,” said Graf Jr. who is all but assured of fifth in the final ARCA championship standings this season. “We had a great car. A fast car and we were letting the advantage of having tires be our ticket. Unfortunately, things quickly changed, and we were left with another top-10 finish instead of a likely win.

“We can’t dwell on what happened in the past though, we have to focus out the windshield and we’ll go to Kansas Speedway this week and give it our best.”

To help prepare Graf Jr. for his second stop at the 1.5-mile speedway, he recently participated in a private test with teammate Ty Majeski where both teams aggressively worked on different setups throughout the day hoping to return to the 20th race of the season with a fast setup and the chance to earn Chad Bryant Racing’s fourth win of 2019.

“The test went pretty good,” added Graf Jr. “I don’t think any driver or team leaves a test completely satisfied and I think that spoke well for us. We were pleased with the progress we made during the day, but knew we still had some work to do.

“The guys have been busting their tails getting our car ready for the race on Friday night and I’m looking forward to the chance to contend for our 13th top-10 finish of the year.”

Equipped with a Chevrolet SS for the ARCA Kansas 150, Graf Jr. believes track position will be critical for success on Friday night.

“There isn’t a lot of character when it comes to Kansas,” sounded Graf. “The track is very fast and looks like Chicagoland Speedway but doesn’t race like it all. It’s hard to get grip but with the cooler temperatures expected on Friday night, the track is going to be super-fast which means keeping ahead of the handling is going to come into play.

“We just need to keep ourselves out of trouble and be around for the closing laps. Traditionally, this race usually gets a caution within the final 20 laps of the race or so – we need to make sure we have something that we can use to our advantage for that final run to the checkered flag. It should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get there.”

For the 20th 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 100-lap race.

“I can’t begin to thank everyone at EAT SLEEP RACE for partnering with us this season and standing by us through all of our trials and tribulations,” added Graf. “I think we’ve done a good job to get the EAT SLEEP RACE name out there and I look forward to continuing to work with them during the off-season and keep everyone updated through our social media channels for our next rollouts.”

Between race cars, Graf Jr. has equally been busy in the books with his second fall semester at New York University (NYU) underway where he is pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve been able to manage my time pretty good,” added Graf Jr. “School is super important but so is doing the best job I can behind the wheel for my team and partners. I’m looking forward to going to Kansas Speedway and hopefully having an opportunity to contend for my second ARCA victory.”

Entering Kansas, Graf Jr. has 38 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 20 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 19 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with one race remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. made three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing this season earning a career-best 14th place finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway aboard the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro.

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 ARCA Kansas 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 18 with an hour and 55-minute session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 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 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

With strong test, Ty Majeski, Chad Bryant Racing look forward to Kansas season finale

KANSAS CITY, Kan: Returning to the ARCA Menards Series scene since winning his third race of the year at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway in June, Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) and his No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team head to Kansas Speedway eyeing win number four in Friday night’s season finale ARCA Kansas 150.

While Majeski has been quiet on the ARCA scene since picking up a dominating win in the Windy City nearly four months ago, the avid Late Model competitor has been tearing up the short track scenes in the Midwest with spectacular finishes, including the win in the final day of the 50th annual Oktoberfest at LaCrosse (Wisc.) Speedway – a win that catapulted him to the 2019 Oktoberfest Series champion.

Focused on returning to the ARCA scene with veteran and NASCAR Monster Cup Series championship crew chief Paul Andrews at his side, the Seymour, Wisc. native hopes to capitalize on a strong Kansas Speedway test session two weeks ago and earn his fourth career ARCA victory.

“The test went well,” said Majeski who has earned five top-five finishes in 2019. “We ran through a couple of different packages and made some changes that we would not have been able to do on race weekend.

“Overall, I think we are happy with the speed and the feel our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford had and hope we can capitalize on that during Friday night’s race.”

The 25-year-old Ford Performance driver will make his third start at Kansas’s 1.5-mile speedway on Friday night and look to better his track-best second-place effort in 2017 to fellow ARCA competitor Michael Self. To have another opportunity at victory, Majeski knows having track position will be vital to success in the final ARCA race of the 2019 season.

“Kansas is a newer paved race track and although it is similar in shape to Chicagoland Speedway, it drives and races completely different. There isn’t a whole lot of character which will make maintaining track position very important.

“We also have to keep up with track conditions. We’ll finish the race well into the night and the track will be a lot cooler than when we take the green flag, so if we can get our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion dialed in for the final run, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Win or not on Friday night, Majeski is thankful for the opportunity to drive for team owner Chad Bryant and crew chief Andrews. In five races in 2019, the No. 22 team has won four times, led 112 laps and maintains an average finishing position of 1.8.

“We’ve had a fantastic handful of races thus far,” offered Majeski who will make his 15th career ARCA start on Friday night. “Winning at Charlotte in the heart of racing and then at Chicagoland which is so close to where I grew up definitely are the highlights of the season for me.

“I said at the beginning of the season, I really wanted to win those two races. And we’ve been able to accomplish that and so much more. I’m really thankful to everyone who has made it possible.”

As for Kansas, Majeski replied, “our goal is to win (at) Kansas. We’ve proved to have a car capable of winning each race we have entered together, and I don’t see that changing. We all just have to do our job to get the car as close as we can and execute during the race.

“No matter what happens though, it’s been a fantastic year, especially in ARCA.”

Majeski, 25, has shared the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim this season who earned eight top-five and 12 top-10s in his rookie season. Together, both drivers have team owner Chad Bryant third in the 2019 ARCA car owner standings, 25 points behind second-place car owner Bill Venturini Sr. with one race remaining.

In his sixth ARCA race this season, Majeski will carry the General Tire onboard camera offering a fresh and perspective view from inside his No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford Fusion for the 100-lap event.

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 ARCA Kansas 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 18 with an hour and 55-minute session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 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 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Lucas Oil Raceway | Herr’s Potato Chips 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 11th
Finish: 10th; Running; (200 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “It was an eventful night for sure. We went down a lap early and had to work hard to get back on the lead lap. We gambled just past halfway and took tires and came through the field and got the lead and then the caution came out and we became a sitting duck.

“We learned a lot though. I can’t thank my Chad Bryant Racing guys enough. We can take another top-10 finish and go to Kansas Speedway and hope we can close out the year with a top-five finish for everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and our partner EAT SLEEP RACE.”

Next Up: ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, live on FOX Sports 2 at 8:30 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.

Lucas Oil Raceway | Herr’s Potato Chips 200 Race Recap

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

Corey Heim Quote: “A fourth place finish in my final ARCA start of the year. Can’t believe we pulled off a top-five after how much we struggled with the balance of our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion in the beginning of the race.

“Thanks to everyone involved and to the Chad Bryant Racing team for their hard work all year. Best of luck at Kansas with Ty (Majeski).”

Next Up: ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, live on FOX Sports 2 at 8:30 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.

All or nothing in final ARCA start of 2019 for Corey Heim

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind: No matter the outcome in Saturday night’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has been an impressive one for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) rookie Corey Heim.

The only thing that can make a terrific season even better for the gifted rookie would be Heim wheeling his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion to Victory Lane in the penultimate ARCA race of the season.

Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. invades Indianapolis on the heels of back-to-back career-best finishes of third at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the most recent race at the treacherous Salem (Ind.) Speedway last month.

With the guidance of NASCAR champion crew chief Paul Andrews calling the shots, Heim, 17, hopes to end the season as he started it by turning heads with his smooth dynamic driving style.

“We’ve had a few good finishes in a row now, and I’m excited to carry the momentum into my final ARCA start of the year,” said Heim who is ninth in the championship standings despite running a limited schedule this season.

“I feel like we’ve had an up and down year, some bad luck here and there, but I feel like I’ve improved in several ways and hope to showcase that in a huge way on Saturday night. The goal this year was to get better and learn and I feel that I’ve done that this year.

“Hopefully, we can end the year in style with another win for the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team.”

To help prepare Heim for his 13th career ARCA Menards Series start, Andrews recently took his pupil to the historic Indiana short track where they spent more than eight hours focused on their race setup.

As usual, Heim continued to get quicker and quicker with every lap turned. The Mooresville, N.C.-based team returns to the half-mile short track optimistic and eager to deliver under the lights for potentially Heim’s first career ARCA triumph.

“We tested at Lucas Oil recently, and it went pretty well,” explained Heim. “We need to improve in a few aspects to compete for the win, but I know we can make the changes to be there when we need too.”

If Heim can’t find himself in the hunt for the trophy, he wants to end the season with another strong finish. With the leadership of Andrews, Heim believes his 12th top-10 of 2019 is very realistic.

“I think another strong run is a good goal for us,” sounded Heim. “First time at Lucas Oil, if I can stay up front and race for the win on Saturday night and come home with a solid finish, I would be satisfied.

“I can’t thank Paul (Andrews), Chad (Bryant) and my guys on this No. 22 team enough for their hard work. I’ve had a blast all year and we definitely made some memories. It’s about focusing forward and leaving nothing on the table for our last race of 2019.”

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

In 12 career ARCA Menards Series finishes, Heim has scored seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a career-best of third twice (DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Salem Speedway). A third-place qualifying effort on three occasions is his best time trials to date. He has led 15 laps of competition in two events.

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 Herr’s Potato Chips (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Oct. 5 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 5:00 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 (Eastern).

Joe Graf Jr., EAT SLEEP RACE eyes sweet performance in penultimate ARCA race of 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind: With a productive ARCA Menards Series test in the books, sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr (@JoeGrafJr) returns to Lucas Oil Raceway for Saturday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 confident he can earn his second career victory for Chad Bryant Racing in the penultimate race of the 2019 season.

Carrying the confidence of a solid top-15 NASCAR Xfinity Series effort at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, Graf Jr. is focused on making the most of the final two ARCA races of the year for not only his Chad Bryant led team, but his partner EAT SLEEP RACE too.

“It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks, but you never complain about getting back in a race car,” said Graf Jr.

“We had a pretty good test a couple of weeks ago at Lucas Oil and even know that we had a little work to do, I think Chad and the guys went back to the shop, worked on the car a little more and are coming back optimistic.

“Hopefully, all the dots connect and we’re in a good spot to contend for the win.”

Eyeing his 12th top-10 finish of the season, the 21-year-old driver is eager to build on his prior performance at Lucas Oil last fall where he started and finished 13th.

“Lucas Oil isn’t your typical short track, you really need to hustle the car,” added Graf. “It’s a relatively flat surface, but tire wear is so important which makes track position crucial. I think we have a good game plan for Saturday, just need to see what happens between the green flag and the checkered flag.”

On the heels of a sixth-place finish in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Graf Jr. knows his team is capable of capitalizing on the Salem momentum and applying it to the final short track race on Oct. 5.

“Salem was a good boost for our team but need to carry it further at Lucas Oil and do it in a big way,” Graf Jr. explained. “We’ve had a lot of top-10 finishes this year, more than last year, but we’re lacking the performances in the top-five. We’ve got two races left and two opportunities to put ourselves in that spot – so that’s what we’ll do.”

For the 19th 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.

“I can’t begin to thank EAT SLEEP RACE for what they’ve done for me and our Chad Bryant Racing team this season,” sounded Graf Jr. “The amount of apparel they carry right now is unbelievable and with fall and winter seasons approaching, they’re going to roll out a lot of cool items.

“It’s been great to see EAT SLEEP RACE get all kinds of exposure this season between ARCA and NASCAR and I hope we’re able to continue our partnership moving forward.”

Between race cars, Graf Jr. has equally been busy in the books with his second fall semester at New York University (NYU) underway where he is pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve been able to manage my time pretty good,” added Graf Jr. “School is super important but so is doing the best job I can behind the wheel for my team and partners. I’m looking forward to going to Lucas Oil and having an opportunity to contend for my second ARCA victory.”

Entering Lucas Oil Raceway, Graf Jr. has 37 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 18 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with two races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. made three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing this season earning a career-best 14th place finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway aboard the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro.
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 Herr’s Potato Chips (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Oct. 5 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 5:00 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 (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.