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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).

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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.”

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 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).

Derek Griffith earns solid top-10 finish in ARCA Menards Series debut at Pocono Raceway

Pocono (Pa.) Raceway | General Tire 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: 15th (Lineup based on 2020 ARCA Menards Series owner points)

Finish: Eighth (80 | 80 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I can’t thank the Chad Bryant Racing guys enough for their hard work on Friday at Pocono Raceway. I had a good No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion, but we just battled a tight condition throughout the race.

“Paul (Andrews, crew chief) did a great job with adjustments and we really came to life at the end of the race but didn’t have the track position to capitalize.

I also learned a lot on Friday. It was a big adjustment from a short track to a speedway, but I got more comfortable with every lap.

“I can’t wait for the next opportunity with the Chad Bryant Racing team.”

Next Up: Calypso Lemonade 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on Fri. July 3, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) live on MAVTV.

Derek Griffith leaning on Chad Bryant Racing team ahead of Pocono debut

Derek Griffith leaning on Chad Bryant Racing team ahead of Pocono debut

LONG POND, Pa.: Derek Griffith’s 2020 season may have been reshuffled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Friday afternoon’s General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is a prime opportunity for the Chad Bryant Racing development driver.

Chad Bryant Racing is the defending winner of the 80-lap race and although the 23-year-old Griffith has never been to the tough and treacherous 2.5-mile triangle, the Hudson, N.H. native has developed a reputation for conquering challenges in spectacular fashion.

His ARCA Menards Series debut may be his biggest challenge yet.

“I’m excited to get to Pocono on Friday,” said Griffith. “It’s going to be a big challenge as it will be the largest track that I’ve ever competed on, but I feel like I’m heading there with one of the best teams in the garage.

“It’s going to take a few laps to get comfortable, but I think with some confidence in myself and the leadership of the Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews, crew chief) we can turn some heads.”

Traditionally before the June ARCA race, the series’ host an open-test session allowing rookie drivers the prime opportunity to get comfortable with the “Tricky Triangle,” but with COVID-19 changing the protocols of the season, Griffith will have just one hour to find his comfort zone – just hours before the race.

“I’ve been doing all I can to get ready for Pocono,” added Griffith. “Reviewing notes, talking to people, watching old races, you name it, I’ve been all over it. It’s important for us to have a good outing in our first race with Original Gourmet™ Food Company, so we’ll take the hour practice session and hope it gives us a good direction for the race.”

Friday will also mark the debut of 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.

“I am so blessed for this opportunity to represent Original Gourmet™ Food Company and compete in the ARCA Menards Series,” added Griffith. “This is a great chance to bring a new partner into 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 onboard for Pocono and thinks he will impress many in the fourth race of the season.

“Derek impressed a lot of people at New Smyrna and he’ll only continue to turn heads in the ARCA Menards Series,” offered Bryant. “He is extremely talented, and I think he’ll be able to showcase that whether it’s on a short track or a big track.

“We’re going to win some races before the end of the 2020 season, I promise ya.”

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 #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 (80 laps | 200 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 26 with an hour session from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:00 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 (Eastern).

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Blown tire liner spoils solid showing for Brandon Lynn in Chad Bryant Racing debut

Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway | General Tire 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Carolina Excavation & Grading Ford Fusion

Driver: Brandon Lynn

Follow on Social Media: For more on Brandon Lynn, please like him on Facebook (Brandon Lynn Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@blynnracing) and Twitter (@blynnracing).

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

Start: 16th (Random Draw)

Finish: 15th (69 | 76 laps completed)

Brandon Lynn Quote: “Well, not how we expected the day to go, but that’s racing. Chad Bryant Racing gave me a great car and we planned to run toward the front but unfortunately, a blown tire liner in the right rear put us down multiple laps.

“It was great to be back at a race track but hate we could not capitalize on what we sought out to do.”

Next Up: General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri. Jun. 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) live on FOX Sports 1.

Brandon Lynn ready to execute in Chad Bryant Racing debut at Talladega

Brandon Lynn ready to execute in Chad Bryant Racing debut at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala.: With his first ARCA Menards Series appearance on deck this weekend for Saturday afternoon’s General Tire 200 with Chad Bryant Racing, series’ veteran Brandon Lynn hopes to not only showcase his ability but put the team back in Victory Lane.

Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway will be the first of a minimum two-race deal for Lynn who will pilot the team’s flagship No. 22 Ford Fusion entry.

“I’ve been ready to get to Talladega,” said Lynn. “I’ve been staying busy with work but have been checking in with the team and doing what I can to prepared myself for the race on Saturday.

“Honestly, I just feel lucky to be able to race this weekend at Talladega considering all that has transpired in 2020.”

Carolina Excavation will support the effort for his 12th career ARCA Menards Series race.

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Carolina Excavation is equipped with the latest and greatest in GPS technology to build the ideal site for developers wanting the perfect product.

Originally slated as a mid-April event, the coronavirus pandemic has forced ARCA Menards Series officials to adjust the 2020 schedule with Saturday’s 76-lap race becoming the opening act for a doubleheader for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

As for Lynn, he is no stranger to Talladega’s 2.66-mile high banks.

Lynn will make his fifth consecutive ARCA start at the famed Alabama race track. In his previous four efforts, he has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes including a career-best third place finish last April after winning the pole.

“I feel like I have some unfinished business at Talladega, and I would like to finish what I started last year in a couple weeks. I know the circumstances will be different with limited on-track activity – but I think the years of experience between myself and the team will pay off.”

With the race distance being altered from a traditional 94 laps to now just 76, Lynn believes strategy will be key to success this weekend and with the knowledge of veteran crew chief Paul Andrews, he believes he has one of ARCA’s finest on the box.

“Chad Bryant Racing is a huge player when it comes to the ARCA Menards Series,” Lynn stated.

“Whether it is raw speed or using strategy to outwit their competitors, I know whatever situation we find ourselves in on Saturday, we should have a good chance of contending for the win. Strategy will be a factor this weekend, it’s just going to be fascinating to see how it all unravels.”

Team owner Chad Bryant says he is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Lynn.

“Brandon is an exceptional superspeedway racer and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do in our equipment,” Bryant said. “His experience should put us in good position to contend for our first win of the season.

“We had a lot of speed at Daytona even though we don’t have the finishes to show for it. Last year at Talladega, our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford ran inside the top-five the entire race with Ty Majeski and I know with a little luck we can backup or better our fourth-place effort with Brandon this weekend.”

In addition to Talladega, Lynn will return with Chad Bryant Racing later this summer for the scheduled Aug. 14 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

For more on Brandon Lynn, please like him on Facebook (Brandon Lynn Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@blynnracing) and Twitter (@blynnracing).

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

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 20 with a half-hour session from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:00 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Bryant Racing adjusts ARCA Menards Series East plans

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that the coronavirus pandemic has forced the organization to adjust its 2020 ARCA Menards Series East schedule which includes their withdraw from competition in Saturday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, CBR and newcomer Derek Griffith was slated to run the full ARCA Menards Series East schedule, but with current protocols and procedures in place, the team will now run select races in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East.

Griffith, 23 and Chad Bryant Racing embraced an outstanding performance in their series’ debut together in February at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The talented Late Model ace from the Northeast had one of the fastest cars in practice; won the pole, led a whopping 144 of the race’s 175 laps, but a late-race pit stop penalty relegated Griffith to start at the rear of the field.  With 31 laps remaining he was able to come from last to second.

Knowing the team will now forgo a championship, the team under the leadership of Paul Andrews will now focus on race wins.

“This was a difficult decision for our Chad Bryant Racing team,” said team owner Chad Bryant. “We weighed the options and without the opportunity to race and interact with fans right now, we had to adjust our plans in the best interest of Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their initiatives.

“While we’re disappointed that we’ll no longer be able to compete for an ARCA Menards Series East championship, we’re upbeat knowing that we can go to the race track each week with a young, flourishing and talented driver.”

In lieu of Toledo, CBR and Griffith will now compete in the ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 26 with the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion.

An updated 2020 schedule for Griffith will be released in the near future.

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.

Brandon Lynn to drive for Chad Bryant Racing at Talladega Superspeedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) officially announced today that Polkton, N.C. native Brandon Lynn will drive the team’s mainstay No. 22 Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on June 20, 2020.

The upcoming race will mark the return of competition in the ARCA Menards Series since being on hiatus since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Carolina Excavation will support the 25-year-old’s efforts as the primary partner of his 12th career ARCA race.

Carolina Excavation is a residential subdivision total site development company for the developers around the Charlotte region. They specialize in site cleaning work, mass grading, fine grading, utility work, asphalt, and curb.

Carolina Excavation is equipped with the latest and greatest in GPS technology to build the ideal site for developers wanting the perfect product.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity with Chad Bryant Racing,” said Lynn. “The team has always had a lot of speed at the superspeedways and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do on the track. Talladega has always been one of my better tracks in ARCA competition and I hope I’m able to showcase that with Chad Bryant Racing and contend for the win in a few weeks.”

Lynn is no stranger to Talladega’s 2.66-mile high banks.

Lynn will make his fifth consecutive ARCA start at the famed Alabama race track. In his previous four efforts, he has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes including a career-best third place finish last April after winning the pole.

“I feel like I have some unfinished business at Talladega, and I would like to finish what I started last year in a couple weeks. I know the circumstances will be different with limited on-track activity – but I think the years of experience between myself and the team will pay off.”

In addition to Talladega, Lynn will return with Chad Bryant Racing later this summer for the scheduled Aug. 14 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Team owner Chad Bryant says he is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Lynn.

“Brandon is an exceptional superspeedway racer and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do in our equipment,” Bryant said. “His experience should put us in good position to contend for our first win of the season.

“We had a lot of speed at Daytona even though we don’t have the finishes to show for it. Last year at Talladega, our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford ran inside the top-five the entire race with Ty Majeski and I know with a little luck we can backup or better our fourth-place effort with Brandon here soon.”

NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Paul Andrews will serve as crew chief for the third ARCA Menards Series race of 2020.

For more on Brandon Lynn, please like him on Facebook (Brandon Lynn Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@blynnracing) and Twitter (@blynnracing).

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

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., June 20 with a half-hour session from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:00 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).