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Chad Bryant Racing adds Toledo Speedway doubleheader to Derek Griffith’s ARCA schedule

TOLEDO, Oh: Chad Bryant Racing hadn’t planned to compete in this weekend’s ARCA Menards Series doubleheader at Toledo Speedway, but thanks to hard work from team owner Chad Bryant and rookie Derek Griffith, the team will show up at the northern Ohio racetrack and hope for the opportunity to compete for two wins on the same weekend.

Griffith, an accomplished Late Model racer in the northeast returns to short track form this weekend after a recent stint of larger track oval racing which saw the rising phenom participate at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and most recently last Friday night’s Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway.

While huge strides were made from Griffith, he is looking forward to the opportunity to return back to his forte and the chance to return the Mooresville, N.C.-based team back to Victory Lane.

“I am very excited to hit Toledo Speedway this weekend,” said Griffith. “The track looks like a fast and fun place to race and it is right up my alley for track size as well, so hopefully good things are in store for our team this weekend.”

Of course, it was a short track in February at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, where Griffith and CBR took the series’ by storm when Griffith in his series’ debut won the pole, led a dominating 144 of 175 laps – but was penalized late in the race for a pit road infraction. Still, the Hudson, N.H. native recovered to finish second.

This weekend in sorts, Griffith is hoping to finish what he started at New Smyrna and add another strong Toledo Speedway result to Chad Bryant Racing’s track record at the historic half-mile ARCA owned track.

“It has been an amazing experience so far with Chad Bryant Racing,” added Griffith. “Really hoping we can add even more races to our schedule this season – but as far as Toledo goes, the short tracks are something I prefer. With limited practice, I am struggling a little bit at the larger tracks, so the chance to get back to some normalcy is the perfect opportunity for our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team to make some noise.

“We have two chances to get into Victory Lane this weekend too. So, that is big. Can’t wait to get to Toledo and just get things started.”

Although Griffith realizes he will have tough competition at Toledo this weekend from the likes of fellow teams Venturini Motorsports, DGR-Crosley and Bret Holmes Racing, the 23-year-old believes his team can strut its stuff this weekend and he can make up for his inexperience in 400 laps of competition.

“I think we are all ready for a win,” Griffith expressed. “It would mean the world to cement my name down as a winner in the ARCA Menards Series and hopefully looked at as a good competitor from the other series’ drivers and teams.

“Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews, crew chief) know what it takes to be successful at Toledo Speedway and I’m just hoping that I can live up to our expectations this weekend and it will give us some momentum for the future.”

This weekend marks the fifth and sixth events with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, Original Gourmet™ has been innovating in the sweets and snack industry since 1994. Their story started with a recipe and a vision.

Their curiosity for making special blends of flavors and colors of candy became a passion for providing people with bold tasting lollipops.

Griffith’s car will be covered in a variety of the company’s 26 lollipops flavors.

Original Gourmet’s lollipops are the largest pops sold with a bright taste and bright colors – standing out from all the rest. Weighing in at 1.1 oz., these lollipops are gluten and peanut free delights that have a plastic stick and will not get soggy like all the other lollipops do.

Team owner Chad Bryant is looking forward to having Griffith back on normal turf and setting his driver loose on the competition.

“We expect to be fast this weekend and contending for the win,” offered Bryant. “All season long I’ve been super impressed with Derek, but getting the chance to add both Toledo Speedway races to our schedule gives us that extra motivation to go there and not only try to get both wins – but put our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company inside the top-five all race long.

“Looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish at ARCA’s home track.”

For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

For more on Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their products, please visit ogfc.net.

The MENARDS.com 200 presented by SPxE (200 laps | 100 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Jul. 31 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 6:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

The MENARDS 200 presented by Crosley Brands (200 laps | 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Aug. 1 with a half-hour practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

Derek Griffith delivers another top-10 for Chad Bryant Racing at Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway | Dawn 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion

Driver: Derek Griffith

Follow on Social Media: For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

Start: 12th (Lineup by 2020 ARCA Menards Series owner points)

Finish: Eighth (100 | 100 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I feel like we made a lot more progress with our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion at Kansas.

“We cracked the top-six and made some forward momentum and a ton of learning on how to race these stock cars on the bigger tracks. I cannot thank Paul (Andrews, crew chief), Chad (Bryant, team owner) and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their efforts on making Kansas possible.

“I look forward to the next opportunity.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE at Toledo Speedway on Sat. July 31, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and | or NBC Sports Gold.

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing upbeat for Kansas ARCA challenge

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing upbeat for Kansas ARCA challenge

KANSAS CITY, Kan: Set for their fourth ARCA Menards Series race of the season together, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) and rookie driver Derek Griffith trek west hunting for a top-five finish in Friday night’s Dawn 150 at Kanas Speedway.

The likable Griffith returns to the scene on the heels of a career-best seventh-place finish two weeks ago at Kentucky Speedway in the General Tire 150. And while his first intermediate debut was quite the learning experience, the Hudson, N.H. native is eager to pick up right where he left off from Kentucky.

“I am super excited to hit another mile and a half-track with some experience behind me,” said Griffith. “I’m hoping with some of the seat time I’ve had, we can roll out and be good off the start and I can get racing!”

At Kentucky and because of COVID-19 protocol, Griffith had limited practice aboard his No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion before throwing the 23-year-old into a hungry pack of wolves – most who had prior experience on bigger tracks.

Griffith, though held his own throughout the 100-lap race, turning some of his fastest laps of the event in the closing laps. With another limited practice on deck at Kansas, Griffith has a better baseline than Kentucky.

“Although the tracks are different, the mindset is still the same,” added Griffith. “I know I’ll be able to trust the car and we can keep working on it. The more the race went on at Kentucky the more comfortable I became.

“I have to get into that frame of mind as if I’m competing in those last couple of laps at Kentucky during practice at Kansas to put us in a good spot for the race.”

Still, while the fundamentals are the same, Kansas Speedway will run under the lights, providing a new element for Griffith.

“I think it’s going to be a blast racing under the light at Kansas,” sounded Griffith. “Yes, I think the handling has the opportunity to change itself depending on the track conditions, but that’s why I have Paul (Andrews) in my corner to help make it all seem seamless.

“I really think with what I learned at Kentucky and our determination as a team should put us in a good spot for the race.”

Saturday’s race will mark the fourth race with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, Original Gourmet™ has been innovating in the sweets and snack industry since 1994. Their story started with a recipe and a vision.

Their curiosity for making special blends of flavors and colors of candy became a passion for providing people with bold tasting lollipops.

Griffith’s car will be covered in a variety of the company’s 26 lollipops flavors.

Original Gourmet’s lollipops are the largest pops sold with a bright taste and bright colors – standing out from all the rest. Weighing in at 1.1 oz., these lollipops are gluten and peanut free delights that have a plastic stick and will not get soggy like all the other lollipops do.

Team owner Chad Bryant says Griffith is doing everything he needs to do behind the wheel and hopes to continue to showcase his ability in his second stint with a mile-and-a-half track this weekend.

“Derek has done a great job in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” offered Bryant. “I was super impressed of the job he did at Kentucky with the lack of actual on-track time. If the race was 50 laps longer, we would have been able to get a few more spots on the track.

“The gains he made at Kentucky will be put on display at Kansas and I look forward to seeing our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion contending for a stronger finish.”

For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

For more on Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their products, please visit ogfc.net.

The Dawn 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Jul. 24 with a one-hour group practice session from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag 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 entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Central).

Kody Swanson delivers top-10 finish in ARCA Menards Series debut at Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway | Shore Lunch 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Fatheadz Eyewear Ford Fusion

Driver: Kody Swanson

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kody Swanson, please visit kodyswansonracing.com, like him on Facebook (Swanson Kody and follow him on Twitter (@KodySwanson).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

Start: Ninth (Lineup by 2020 ARCA Menards Series owner points)

Finish: Eighth (150| 150 laps completed)

Kody Swanson Quote: “I am grateful for the opportunity and everyone who helped make Iowa Speedway happen. I learned a lot, including more since the checkered flag has flown.

“Crew chief Paul Andrews, Chad Bryant and the entire team worked all day to help me improve and feel comfortable in the No. 22 Fatheadz Eyewear Ford Fusion and I really appreciate all of their efforts.

“I continue to learn throughout the race, but ultimately need to improve and be more comfortable on restarts and the close quarters in traffic

“Thanks again to everyone who helped make my first day in a stock car happen and hoping for another chance someday to get this team the type of finish they deserve.”

 Next Up: Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway on Fri. July 24, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. (ET.) live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

USAC champion Kody Swanson to make ARCA debut at Iowa Speedway for Chad Bryant Racing

NEWTON, Ia.: Five-time and defending USAC Silver Crown Series champion Kody Swanson (@KodySwanson) will make his ARCA Menards Series debut for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) in Saturday afternoon’s Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway.

A three-time and reigning Little 500 winner, Swanson will drive the No. 22 Fatheadz Eyewear Ford Fusion and is eager to add success in the ARCA Menards Series to an already impressive Motorsports resume.

Following his first USAC Silver Crown Series championship in 2014, Swanson had the opportunity to test an ARCA car at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in preseason testing, but Saturday’s race will be the first in the series’ composite-style race car.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me,” said Swanson. “I’m excited to take this next leap in my racing career and compete in the ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway with a winning-race team.”

Longtime marketing partner Fatheadz Eyewear has expanded its relationship with Swanson for his ARCA debut in a primary role.

Founded in March 2004 under the direction of Rico Elmore, Fatheadz first started by catering to men with heads too large to fit in standard width sunglasses comfortably. To solve this issue, Elmore created a product line with four oversized sunglasses available in varying colors.

Fatheadz has now grown to encompass five distinct lines of eyewear of all sizes for both men and women. With over 1000 unique product offerings, innovation continues to drive Fatheadz’s customer centric business.

“We are excited to extend and grow our relationship with Kody this year as he embarks on this next opportunity in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Rico Elmore, Founder and CEO of Fatheadz Inc.

“Kody has been a great ambassador of our brands for the past few years and we’re excited to be associated again with him as he transitions into stock car racing with Chad Bryant Racing.”

While Swanson, 32, does not have any prior stock car experience at Iowa, the Kingsburg, Calif. native has turned laps at the 0.875-mile race track in open-wheel competition.

A 29-time race winner in Silver Crown competition (all-time leader), he also holds the track record at Iowa Speedway in Silver Crown competition, as well as boasting two-second place efforts and a third.

While the vehicles are quite different, Swanson is hoping that some of his prior track knowledge will pay some dividends during his ARCA debut weekend.

“I’m sure that our only hour of practice will go by really fast,” added Swanson, who resides near Indianapolis, Ind. “I’m thankful to have some experience with this racetrack and hoping that background will help me feel comfortable in my new surroundings and transition to the different characteristics of these ARCA Menards cars more quickly.”

ARCA will not hold General Tire pole qualifying this weekend, so Swanson will likely start by owners’ points – putting him just outside the top-10 to start.

With the 150-lap race being broken into three segments with a competition caution at the end or near Laps 50 and 100, Swanson realizes if his car isn’t to his liking at the start, veteran and championship-winning crew chief Paul Andrews will have the ability to adjust on it.

“With no qualifying, it definitely changes your perspective.  Looking at the positives, with a short practice schedule already, we can continue to work through that entire session on getting me comfortable in the car, and what I should expect in the race.  I hope that I can become familiar enough with the car to provide Paul with good information, and we can continue to improve every chance we get.

“I’d like to get this team a win on Saturday – that’s what every racer sets out to do, but I realize that I will have an awful lot to learn in a short amount of time.  I am thankful to have this opportunity with the Chad Bryant Racing team, and I know they are familiar with Victory Lane in the ARCA Menards series and Iowa Speedway. I hope I can adapt quickly, continue to improve with each lap, and can be in a good position to contend for a win for this team.

“I am extremely grateful for the effort Chad Bryant and Rico Elmore have made to give me an opportunity like this, and thankful for everyone who has joined us to help make it happen.”

Team owner Chad Bryant is ecstatic to work with a driver of Swanson’s potential and be the platform for his first stock car start.

“To bring Kody onboard to our Chad Bryant Racing team to Iowa is huge,” offered Bryant. “He comes from an open-wheel discipline, but I think he will capitalize on it tremendously this weekend in Iowa.

“He’s a deeply knowledgeable driver and wants to perform not only for the team but his partners too. Paul and the guys have been working hard on his race car and I cannot wait to get to the race track and see what kind of performance he can put together. I think we can contend for a win.”

In other open-wheel accolades, Swanson, the 2009 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year joined Al Unser Sr. in 2018 as one of the only two drivers in history to win four consecutive Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown Series race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

In addition to Fatheadz, Rosewood Machine & Tool, Lyons Transportation, Matthews Family Racers, Beyond Designs and Radio Hospital will serve as additional sponsors on the No. 22 Ford Fusion for the 14th ARCA race held at the 0.0875-mile oval.

For more on Kody Swanson, please visit kodyswansonracing.com, like him on Facebook (Swanson Kody and follow him on Twitter (@KodySwanson).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

For more on Fatheadz and their products, please visit Fatheadz.com, like them on Facebook (Fatheadz Eyewear) or follow them on Twitter (@fatheadz).

The Shore Lunch 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Jul. 18 with a one-hour practice session from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Central).

Derek Griffith earns career-best ARCA Menards Series finish in Kentucky Speedway debut

Kentucky Speedway | General Tire 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion

Driver: Derek Griffith

Follow on Social Media: For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

Start: 13th

Finish: Seventh (100 | 100 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I was really excited to get my first opportunity to compete on a high-banked race track. The best lobster of the day for us were the last few laps where we really made some significant gains.

“I learned a lot in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion and had a decent showing. Looking forward to Kansas Speedway in a few weeks and building on our seventh-place finish.”

Next Up: Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway on Sat. July 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold.

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

SPARTA, Ky: Attacking their third ARCA Menards Series race of the season together, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) and rookie driver Derek Griffith hunt for a top-five finish in Saturday afternoon’s General Tire 150.

Griffith will make another debut at a track that he’s never competed at, but thankfully, the 23-year-old has plenty of experience surrounding him for his intermediate debut at the 1.5-mile speedway, but the New Hudson, N.H. native has the motivation to earn his first career ARCA Menards Series victory.

“Excited to hit the track again in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” said Griffith. “Kentucky Speedway looks like an extremely fast and fun racetrack. Hopefully, we can keep our car balanced and be near the front when it counts the most.”

Unlike last week, where the series’ resumed to a traditional schedule of practice, qualifying and the race – the ARCA Menards Series shifts back into COVID-19 protocol mode – where the series’ will have a limited practice session – no qualifying and then shift directly into race mode.

While the schedule is relatively quick, the on-track time is something for a rookie driver like Griffith craves. However, he is making the most of the scenario and has spent the week studying – whether it is reviewing previous races, studying pictures or picking up the telephone and communicating.

All things considered, Griffith is ready for the 100-lap challenge.

“I’ve been watching a lot of videos and doing a lot of studying to get ready for the race,” added Griffith. “That’s all important but nothing accounts for actual track time. Practice is going to be about getting me comfortable and getting our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion handling well and then turn all of our focus to the race.”

In his two previous ARCA races this season, Griffith delivered a career-best eighth place in his series’ debut at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last month and contended for a top-five at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 3., but power steering gremlins shuffled the team to a 12th place finish at the checkered flag.

Looking ahead to ARCA’s return to Kentucky for the first time since 2017, Griffith believes his Chad Bryant Racing team can contend for the victory.

“Chad Bryant Racing knows how to master Kentucky, so I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” added Griffith. “Luckily, Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews) and the rest of the team are very patient and we know that if things go the way they should – and we have a little luck on our side, we could sneak our first win of the season.”

Saturday’s race will mark the third race with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, Original Gourmet™ has been innovating in the sweets and snack industry since 1994. Their story started with a recipe and a vision.

Their curiosity for making special blends of flavors and colors of candy became a passion for providing people with bold tasting lollipops.

Griffith’s car will be covered in a variety of the company’s 26 lollipops flavors.

Original Gourmet’s lollipops are the largest pops sold with a bright taste and bright colors – standing out from all the rest. Weighing in at 1.1 oz., these lollipops are gluten and peanut free delights that have a plastic stick and will not get soggy like all the other lollipops do.

Team owner Chad Bryant says Griffith is doing everything he needs to do behind the wheel and hopes to continue to showcase his ability in his mile-and-a-half debut this weekend.

“Derek has done a great job in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” offered Bryant. “Last weekend, we were biding our time but felt like we had a car capable of winning but didn’t have the track position and later got hit with power steering issues that stalled our finish.

“But these Chad Bryant Racing boys are ready to go and we think with Derek’s smart racer instincts we can contend for a win at Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.”

For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

For more on Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their products, please visit ogfc.net.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Jul. 11 with a forty-five-practice session from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 2:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern)

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Power steering failure seizes opportunity for Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway

Lucas Oil Raceway | Calypso Lemonade 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion

Driver: Derek Griffith

Follow on Social Media: For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

Start: Fifth

Finish: 12th (188 | 200 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “Totally a bummer that we had power steering issues late in the race that hindered our finish in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion.

“We had a really good car and I felt like we could have contended for a top-five finish, but lady luck was not on our side. We’ll try again at Kentucky Speedway next weekend!”

 Next Up: General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway on Sat. July 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. (ET) live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

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Parker Chase joins Chad Bryant Racing driver development program

Parker Chase joins Chad Bryant Racing driver development program

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that the organization has added New Braunfels, Tex. native Parker Chase to its driver development lineup effective immediately.

Chase, 19, will compete in select Late Model Stock races for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the plan to eventually progress into the ARCA Menards Series as well.

Last weekend Chase made his oval debut in two Late Model Stock races at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where he led laps and earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in the events.

To assist with his desire to expand his sports car racing based skillset, Chase will continue an aggressive testing and racing schedule with CBR this season.

“I’m excited to join Chad Bryant Racing as I make the next steps in my racing career,” said Chase. “The team has been excellent to work with and have been very supportive of me from a driver standpoint. I could see that from the first time in the shop to the track, CBR has the right pieces in place for success.”

“I think we accomplished our goals in the Late Model race at Hickory, but I’m eager to continue my learning curve and competing for top-fives and hopefully a win or two by the end of the season.”

The Texan has spent a majority of his racing career on road courses and currently competes in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.

Already a champion in professional auto racing by age 17, Chase is quickly setting the tone as a driver to watch.

In 2018, just seven years after beginning his racing career at age 10, Chase clinched the Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX ProAm Championship with co-driver Ryan Dalziel, piloting an Audi R8 GT3.

From there, he has continued a presence in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class including participating in the historic Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019 and 2020.

Currently, he competes for Bryan Herta Autosport in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR.

Team owner Chad Bryant is no stranger to working with young prospects and has been instrumental in the success of several drivers who compete in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series today, including drivers Ty Majeski and Chase Briscoe.

“Parker has a lot of potential, he showed that quickly this past weekend at Hickory,” said Bryant. “It’s going to be a learning curve as he adjusts to competing at different types of oval tracks – but his determination and eagerness to learn and perform reminds me of a number of drivers that I’ve worked with before that have gone on to have a successful career.

“I hope we can do big things with Parker and show the world his talent.”

For more on Parker Chase, please visit parkerchase.com, like him on Facebook (Parker Chase), Instagram (@parkerchase) and follow him on Twitter (@parker_chase19).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

Derek Griffith looking forward to short track racing with Chad Bryant Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway

CLERMONT, Ind.: Fresh off a top-10 finish in his ARCA Menards Series debut at the monstrous Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Derek Griffith and his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team trek to Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) looking for their first victory of the season in Friday night’s Calypso Lemonade 200.

Digesting a big track like Pocono last weekend can be intimidating to any rookie driver, but thankfully Lucas Oil Raceway Park is home to 0.686-mile short track, where tire conservation is critical, and handling is premium.

Two characteristics that Griffith and his No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford team plan to perfect in the fifth race of the season.

“I am looking forward to getting back to a short track for sure,” said Griffith. “Last weekend at Pocono Raceway was great experience for myself and I look forward to getting back to a bigger track soon, but I’m focused on Friday night and the chance to put our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford in Victory Lane.”

Unlike last week, Griffith will not have to make his Lucas Oil Raceway debut with just a few practice laps and no qualifying.

This weekend, the ARCA Menards Series shifts to a more traditional schedule which Griffith believes his Chad Bryant Racing team can capitalize on.

“I have a lot of “studying” to do this week in watching previous races, taking notes and talking to my team, but I’m eager to get on the track and experience Lucas Oil Raceway for myself,” added Griffith.

“Having the opportunity to practice and qualify on Friday is something I think we can execute well and get a good feel of where we need to be for the race.

“It’s going to be important for me to know how the track reacts throughout the day and with the race being run at night, I know I can give my feedback to Paul (Andrews, crew chief) and he’ll make the right adjustments that will keep us in contention.”

Friday night’s race will mark the second race with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

Headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, Original Gourmet™ has been innovating in the sweets and snack industry since 1994. Their story started with a recipe and a vision.

Their curiosity for making special blends of flavors and colors of candy became a passion for providing people with bold tasting lollipops.

Griffith’s car will be covered in a variety of the company’s 26 lollipops flavors.

Original Gourmet’s lollipops are the largest pops sold with a bright taste and bright colors – standing out from all the rest. Weighing in at 1.1 oz., these lollipops are gluten and peanut free delights that have a plastic stick and will not get soggy like all the other lollipops do.

“After a sold first run at Pocono, everyone at Original Gourmet is excited to see our bright yellow No. 22 Ford Fusion hit the track again. They are a great new partner for the sport and bring a product that race fans can enjoy while watching our Chad Bryant Racing compete for race wins.”

Team owner Chad Bryant says he is ecstatic to have Griffith at the wheel for Chad Bryant Racing’s return to Lucas Oil Park.

“I know we can go there and win on Friday night,” offered Bryant. “Derek is a quick learner and I think he’ll get comfortable with the track much like he did with New Smyrna and put us in a position to win.

“Derek is a smart racer and his instincts I think will be pivotal to our success. We’ve had fast cars all season long and I know we can continue to showcase that on Friday night.”

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The Calypso Lemonade 200 (200 laps | 137 miles) is the fifth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 3 with a forty-five practice session from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 5:45 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, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).