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Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | ARCA Pensacola 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 11th
Finish: 11th; Running (198 | 200 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Obviously, the finish wasn’t what we were hoping for in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion. We made some strides during the race, but with the limited number of cautions, we weren’t able to get to pit road and keep adjusting on the car to put ourselves in the top-10.

“We are a winning race team and we are winners together, so an 11th place finish is unacceptable. Our team, however, is resilient and we will bounce back at Salem Speedway next month.

“I can’t thank EAT SLEEP RACE, GRIME BOSS Wipes and all of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their continued support, it means a lot.”

Next Up: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sat., Apr. 14 2019.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

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

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with its hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

About Grime Boss

Grime Boss is a product of Nice-Pak. Nice-Pak, founded in 1957, is the global leader in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of premium quality branded and private label pre-moistened wipes. Nice-Pak is a global company with over 2,500 associates and six plants with approximately 3MM square feet of manufacturing and distribution space in strategically located facilities around the world.

Headquartered in Orangeburg, NY, Nice-Pak has a track record of introducing innovative products that help to improve people’s health and wellness through the consumer, healthcare and professional business channels. Nice-Pak’s brands include NICE ‘N CLEAN®, GRIME BOSS®, SANI-HANDS®, PET-NAPS ® and WET-NAP®.

Visit: http://www.grimeboss.com

Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | ARCA Pensacola 200 Race Recap

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

Corey Heim Quote: “It was a very strong night for our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion. I can’t thank Chad (Bryant, team owner), Paul (Andrews, crew chief) and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing guys enough for bringing me a fast race car.

We were unloaded pretty good in practice, got better in qualifying and had a top-five car during the race. I learned a lot. A ton. We needed a little more drive there at the end of the race, but I still had a blast.

I think with what I learned on Saturday night, it will make be a better driver for our next race at Salem.”

Next Up: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sat., Apr. 14 2019.

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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

Chad Bryant Racing gets back to business at Five Flags Speedway

PENSACOLA, Fla. – After nearly a four-week break the ARCA Menards Series returns to action for Saturday night’s ARCA Pensacola 200 where Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) drivers Joe Graf Jr. and Corey Heim look for strong performances at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.

To prepare the team for the second race of the season, both drivers and former ARCA champion Grant Enfinger tested at the historic half-mile facility, where they dialed in their Ford Fusions hoping to give them an added boost prior to a full day of practice, qualifying and the race on March 9.

For Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, the race is an opportunity to get his sophomore season back on track after a plastic bag caused the engine to overheat during the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last month, hindering the 20-year-old driver’s finishing position.

“I’m looking forward to Five Flags this weekend,” said Graf Jr. “It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me – but I’m eager to get back behind the wheel of my No. 77 Eat Sleep Race Ford Fusion and have an opportunity to get my second ARCA win.”

A rising star in stock cars, Graf Jr. says the test in Pensacola last weekend helped him get a footing for the track’s abrasive surface and a chance to get acquainted with his new teammate.

“The test went good for us,” Graf Jr. added. “Five Flags is a new venue for ARCA and that’s a great thing but for all of us, but it will be a very competitive race. We spent last week tweaking with the setup in both qualifying and race mode to make sure we were in a good spot to come back and unload.

“If we can find another tenth or two, we’ll be in great shape. Getting to the end of the race will be important for us as we want a shot to bring home the trophy.”

After joining CBR at Daytona, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford Fusion for the 200-lap race.

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies. As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

“Super pumped to have EAT SLEEP RACE back on board this weekend at Pensacola,” offered Graf Jr. “We are working with them on several different projects and just launched a new campaign centered around our Daytona adversity and much more, it’s going to be a fun season.”

Heim will take the reins of the No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion and look to impress in his ARCA Racing Series debut under the direction of crew chief Paul Andrews.

“I’ve been counting down the days to get to Pensacola,” said Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. “We had a really productive test with the guys last week and I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off this weekend.”

As for a goal for his ARCA debut on Saturday, Heim isn’t being overconfident – but believes his CBR team portrays the equipment and personnel to win.

“I’d like to think that I can win the race on Saturday night,” he said. “Joe (Graf Jr.) could too. Chad Bryant Racing always brings fast cars to the track. The guys have been great to work with and we’re proud to have Speedway Children Charities on the car this weekend. Just need to have a good showing to give us some momentum to our next race at Salem.”

Andrews who led the team in the test said he was impressed with Heim’s efforts.

“We unloaded fastest of the cars that were there,” said Andrews. “We spent the day working on race runs and set up options to get feedback and to get to know Corey’s driving style. At the end of the night, we made a mock qualifying run that had good speed and feel like we can go back this weekend and be faster.

“Most of all, Corey has experience at Five Flags Speedway in Snowball Derby competition and that will be an asset to all of us this weekend.”

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 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 ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions (200 laps | 100 miles) is the second of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Mar. 9 with an hour and a half session from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The race for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later that night at 7:00 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 (CT).

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.

Joe Graf Jr. ready for Daytona ARCA debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The last time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) participated in a restrictor plate ARCA race – he found himself as a runner-up in the closest finish in series’ history last April at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

This weekend, Graf Jr. hopes to have a role of reversal as he treks to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.

Joining the ARCA tour after Daytona last year, Graf Jr. will compete for the series’ championship aboard Chad Bryant Racing’s No. 77 Ford Fusion and with tough competition anticipated for the 20-race crown, Graf Jr. is ready to get down to business at the “World Center of Racing.”

“This is certainly a bucket list item to race at Daytona,” said Graf Jr. who finished eighth in the 2018 points standings despite missing one race. “We’re racing for a championship this season and a good run on Saturday will help our efforts. I know though when it comes to plate racing, finishing can sometimes come down to luck.”

Paired with 2016 ARCA championship crew chief and team owner Chad Bryant for his sophomore season of competition, Graf Jr. says he taken the steps to ensure he’s ready for the battle ahead and believes the guidance of Bryant will continue to accelerate his learning curve in ARCA.

“During the offseason, I really started to work out hard and make some adjustments in my lifestyle to make sure I’m ready to do my part this year,” Graf Jr. added. “I know that Chad (Bryant) and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team are going to do their best to bring fast race cars to the track and I need to make sure I’m giving the team more than 100 percent behind the wheel.”

Graf Jr. and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team participated in the two-day open test session at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in mid-January and while his No. 77 EatSleepRace.com Ford Fusion wasn’t at the top of the charts, the 20-year-old knows that this weekend is when speed and finesse count most.

“We learned a lot at the test,” he continued. “Chad and the guys made many adjustments during the two-day test and with every lap on the track we were gathering data to get back. We’ve made a lot modifications to our car since then and I’m eager to get on the track and see what we can do.”

As for his goals for his Daytona debut, Graf Jr. says he wants to earn his second career ARCA win – but also knows he’ll have to be realistic if that can’t happen.

“We all go to the track every weekend with the intention and goal to win,” Graf Jr. sounded. “We have the cars and people to win many races this year, we just need to see how the race pans out. If we don’t win and can leave Daytona with a top-10 finish – we’ll take that as a positive for the big picture.”

After joining CBR at the Daytona test, 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 80-lap race.

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

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.

“It means a lot to me to continue my relationship with Eat Sleep Race at Daytona this weekend,” said Graf. “Being from New Jersey, we share a common bond and have great ideas on how we can enhance our partnership as the season rolls on. Looking forward to carrying their colors this weekend at Daytona!”

Bryant says Graf Jr.’s focus during the test and his approach to the impending season has the morale at CBR in a good place.

“We’re excited to have Joe for another season,” Bryant said. “He is so focused on going out there and succeeding, there doesn’t appear anything can stand in his way. We will continue to do our job as a team and support one another on and off the track and plan to have a great season starting at Daytona this weekend.”

In 19 ARCA races, Graf Jr. has one career ARCA win (Berlin Raceway, August 2018), six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He earned a career-best qualifying effort of fourth at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2018.

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 Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 7 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 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.

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.

Contact: [email protected]

EAT SLEEP RACE launches contest for ARCA driver Joe Graf Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In an effort to expand their Motorsports program with ARCA Racing Series driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr), EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company announced today with Graf Jr. the start of a social media contest that will allow race fans from all forms of Motorsports an opportunity to win a free t-shirt.

Race fans who visit EATSLEEPRACE.com/win will have the opportunity to enter the contest by simply submitting their email address.

Afterwards, the applicant will have the opportunity to increase their number of submissions by sharing the contest through their social media channels or following Joe Graf Jr. or EAT SLEEP RACE on their specific social media platforms.

Entries can be submitted daily to increase their odds of winning the limited-edition t-shirt valued at $23.99.

Following the conclusion of the contest on Feb. 28, 2019, a computer will randomly select the 100 winners.

“This contest is one of the many ideas that we have in store for the 2019 season,” said Graf Jr. who will drive the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion in Saturday afternoon’s ARCA season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“Brian and everyone at EAT SLEEP RACE are excited to venture into another form of Motorsports and we feel that giving away an exclusive t-shirt will allow race fans to get some cool swag early in the season and cheer us on as we chase the ARCA championship at Chad Bryant Racing.

“I can’t wait to show everyone over the coming months what else we have up our sleeve for the racing season. Things are just getting started!”

To enter the EAT SLEEP RACE contest, please visit and sign up at EATSLEEPRACE.com/win.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 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.

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 mens 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 childrens product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club (fastkidsclub.com) with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

Connor Hall joins Chad Bryant Racing for Daytona ARCA opener

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that Connor Hall (@connorhall77)has joined the veteran ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Hall will make his series’ debut about the No. 22 Ford Fusion with support from Marlow Yachts and Healing Hands. NASCAR championship winning crew chief Paul Andrews will call the shots for Hall in the 80-lap season opener.

“I am ecstatic that I get to work with Chad Bryant Racing some this year,” Hall said. “I am beyond thankful for my sponsors and I’m extremely happy to represent them for this event, as well as the rest of the 2019 season.

“I look forward to what the 2019 season will bring for myself as a driver and also for my partners. I hope this is going to be our biggest and best year yet.”

Hall, 21, participated in the ARCA open-test at the “World Center of Racing” in January with another team where he earned crucial drafting experience readily preparing him for his superspeedway debut.

Team owner Chad Bryant said he kept an eye on Hall during the two-day session and was impressed with his ability to get up to speed quickly.

“We had a lot going on during the test at Daytona, but you always keep an eye on the competition,” said Bryant. “Connor was very smooth and attentive during the test and when he approached us about the running the race, it made sense.

“He knows in order to have an opportunity to win, he has to be around for the finish. He’ll make a great teammate to our other car driven by Joe Graf Jr. and we look forward to a strong start to the 2019 ARCA season.”

Hall’s partners are equally enthused about being a part of Speedweeks 2019.

“Marlow Yachts is happy to announce their partnership with Connor Hall and Chad Bryant Racing for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway,” said Marlow Yachts president David Marlow. “We are hoping for much success from Connor and the people at Chad Bryant Racing.”

“Connor is a talented race car driver and we are looking forward to what the future will hold for Marlow Yachts and Connor Hall in the ARCA Racing Series as well as the higher levels in NASCAR.”

Healing Hands vice president Sid Lakhani offered, “Healing Hands is excited to get to work with Connor Hall during his ARCA Racing Series debut at Daytona International Speedway. “This is going to be our first race partnered with Connor and the Chad Bryant Racing team and we feel great about what our partnership with each of them will bring.

“We believe partnering with Connor will provide our company with a new great ambassador. We look forward to being in Daytona and following the green tree around the track!”

In addition to the ARCA opener, Hall will participate in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 10 aboard the No. 31 Chevrolet for Marsh Racing. The Virginian will make his fourth series’ start and look to better his seventh-place finish at Langley (Va.) Speedway last April.

For more on Connor Hall, please like him on Facebook(Connor Hall Racing) and follow him on Instagram(@connorhall77) andTwitter(@connor_hall77).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook(Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter(@ChadBryantRace) and stay tuned for a brand new CBR website.

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 7 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67thconsecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.comwill stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

Joe Graf Jr. returns to Chad Bryant Racing for ARCA championship run

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Making waves during a nearly full-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule in 2018 which included his first career stock car win at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) will seek the series’ championship in 2019 after reupping with Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) for the full 20-race schedule beginning with the Lucas Oil 200 presented by General Tire on Feb. 9, 2019 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Read moreJoe Graf Jr. returns to Chad Bryant Racing for ARCA championship run

Chad Bryant Racing inhales productive preseason test at Daytona International Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – One of the last ARCA Racing Series presented Menards teams to leave the grounds of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this past Sat., Jan. 12, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) wrapped up a productive two-day test with their No. 22 and No. 77 Ford Fusions in preparation for next month’s season opening Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based team hosted four drivers between their two vehicles with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and former ARCA race winner Parker Kligerman shaking down the team’s No. 22 Ford on Friday – before handing the steering wheel to newcomer Corey Heim.

The team’s flagship entry, the No. 77 Sleep Eat Race Ford Fusion driven primarily by Joe Graf Jr. – also had stints with Stefan Parsons, son of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series television analyst Phil Parsons make his first laps around the “World Center of Racing.”

Focused on setup and engineering, team owner and Graf’s crew chief Chad Bryant explained the test was productive and will make his team better for the first race of the season on Feb. 9, 2019.

“The test was very productive,” said Bryant. “With the help of Parker, Corey, Joe and Stefan we were able to make significant gains from start to finish and feel confident in the direction of our superspeedway program for the race.

“We know that we weren’t the fastest bunch, but I make a promise when we come back to the track in about a month – everyone will know that we came to win the race.”

For Graf Jr., who will drive the team’s No. 77 Ford Fusion in his Daytona debut says the test allowed him to get a head start on Speedweeks.

“Daytona is a lot different than Talladega,” explained Graf who found himself a part of the closest finish in ARCA Racing Series history last April at Talladega edged by Zane Smith by a mere .029 seconds.

“While they are some similarities, there is a lot that is different too. We spent times in solo runs and in the draft and by the end of the test on Saturday – I feel like we made some steady gains that have me upbeat to get back for race weekend.

“I appreciate Sleep Eat Race jumping onboard for the test as our sponsor and hopefully they’ll be a part of my Daytona debut.”

For Heim who used the session to jumpstart his ARCA career embraced the opportunity to drive around the historic track. Heim won’t be able to race Daytona because of an age restriction – but will quickly return to the team controls for the second race of the year at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway in early March.

“I’m extremely grateful for Chad (Bryant) and the team allowing me to come to Daytona and get used to an ARCA car,” said Heim who will compete in 13 ARCA races this season for CBR.

“It will be a few years before I’m able to compete at Daytona – but the test offered some opportunity for me to get used to drafting on a big track and have some fun too. I was grateful to spend some time with my crew chief Paul (Andrews) and the opportunity to work together a little bit.”

For NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series competitor Parsons, 20, he utilized preseason thunder as the chance to earn his superspeedway clearance in ARCA should an opportunity arise to race at Daytona in February or Talladega in April.

“It was an amazing experience going down to Daytona and making laps at such a legendary racetrack,” said Parsons. “To be able to hit the ground running and make my first laps in the draft was great.

“Chad Bryant has built up one of the best operations in ARCA and to be able to drive one of his cars was a great privilege. I can’t thank Chad and Joe (Graf Jr.) enough for the opportunity.”

Chad Bryant Racing plans to field two cars in the 80-lap race on Feb. 9.

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire is the first of 20 events on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series schedule. The season opener will air live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace) and stay tuned for a brand new CBR website.

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Race car driver and NYU student Joe Graf Jr. donates portion of race winnings to Craniofacial Organization, myFace

NEW YORK – New Jersey native Joe Graf Jr. spent most of 2018 racing cars at some of the country’s most prestigious race tracks.

While Graf Jr. was making waves as an up and coming driver in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, his younger sister was quietly blazing a different path. Andreah Graf, a senior in High School was soundlessly raising money for a cause she felt was not getting the proper attention.

“My sister started a foundation last year, Kids Face It, whose sole purpose is to help children with different faces,” explained Joe Graf Jr, who competes for Chad Bryant Racing in ARCA.

“Kids Face-It supports a vision to see kids with facial differences have an easier journey to acceptance, greater self-esteem, a healthy life balance and feel empowered to achieve their dreams.

She was telling me about the great work myFace has been doing and its affiliation with NYU, where I am a freshman college student.” myFace’s focus is on children with facial differences and getting them the medical and psychosocial care they need to live full and productive lives. “It seemed to be a perfect match with her foundation.”

“She mentioned she was donating $20,000 of the money she raised to myFace. To help with her cause, I thought it was a fantastic idea to donate $10,000 of my race winnings from the 2018 season as well.”

Graf Jr. continued, “I had read the book Wonder, written by R. J. Palacio, when I was in High School. It was really a powerful book that makes a (heartfelt) impression. The movie was fantastic too. When you see the emotional challenges these children and their families face it is heartbreaking. Although Wonder is a work of fiction it definitely captures the reality of the situation.

“I just hope that more children can experience the acceptance Auggie ultimately gets in the movie. That is really the goal Andreah and I have in mind. Help these children have greater self-esteem and greater acceptance from their peers.”

In late December, Graf Jr. and his sister stopped by myFace headquarters in New York City to present them with the donations.

“When I met with Priscilla Ma (Executive Director of myFace) and Karen Lazurus (Director of Development of myFace), it was amazing to learn of all the initiatives they are undertaking,” sounded Graf. “It really reinforced my decision to donate. I look forward to donating more in 2019.”

“I am also so proud of my sister Andreah. To see how she handles herself in meetings and seeing the results she is getting in fundraising is really inspirational. I am definitely going to try and do more to help her in the future.”

“I was so impressed and moved after meeting the Graf Family and hearing their story. Andreah and Joe are bright and thoughtful individuals who care about giving back and helping others,” said Priscilla Ma, Executive Director, myFace.

“We are grateful for their generosity and look forward to working with both of them to generate more awareness for the craniofacial community. They exude the essence of spreading empathy, acceptance and kindness to all.”

Approaching the start of his sophomore campaign, Graft Jr, a winner in ARCA competition is exploring opportunities to host a charity event for the myFace children and their families at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this summer.

“This is such a good cause and I am sure the kids and their families would love to experience the excitement of a race and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

IIf you are interested in learning more about this fantastic organization you can check out www.myface.org.

About myFace:

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 over 65 years, myFace has worked with these patients and their families to provide comprehensive care by funding medical, surgical, dental, speech and psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness. myFace provides a holistic approach through access to a highly personalized team at the world-renowned myFace Center for Craniofacial Care at NYU Langone Health in New York City. All myFace patients receive the highest level of care, regardless of the type or severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s financial situation.

Without our support, having a facial difference can impede the basic functions a child needs to survive and grow, and those affected often experience social isolation or even bullying.

In this past fiscal year, myFace supported and facilitated approximately 7,000 patient consultations and procedures.

About Kids Face-it:

Kids Face It is a nonprofit organization founded by Andreah Graf. She is a high school student who recognized a need for children with different faces to have access to counseling close to home.

Kids Face It provides financial resources for local counseling and learning services to kids who need to face all of the emotional effects of facial differences.

Our mission is to help them emotionally and empower them to achieve a healthy life balance.

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Chad Bryant Racing holds productive ARCA test for newcomer Corey Heim

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – To jumpstart his 2019 ARCA Racing Series season, newcomer Corey Heim (@coreyheim3) recently participated in an aggressive test with his Chad Bryant Racing team at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway in preparation for his series debut at the historic short track on March 9, 2019.

Under the direction of championship crew chief Paul Andrews, Heim spent the day aggressively working on setups and “feel” aboard his No. 22 Ford Fusion. In addition to adjustments, the team worked on comfort, restarts, pit stop simulations and more.

“We had a very productive day of testing,” said Corey Heim who will compete in all the short track events and the two dirt races for the organization next year.
“The team made sure I was very comfortable behind the wheel – before we aggressively started working on setup, handling, tires and more.

“It was a day full of learning and inhaling a wealth of knowledge from the team. I was pretty happy with our lap times and I believe Paul and Chad have a good feeling about next year.”

Chad Bryant, a championship winning ARCA crew chief turned ARCA owner said Heim exceeded the team’s expectations at the test.

“Corey was able to pick up on everything so quick,” Bryant said. “I was impressed with his feedback, questions and his willingness to absorb the information that was being given to him. Our lap times were very strong and consistent, and I feel like we should be able to go back to the track next year and have a successful debut.”

Bryant will return with his new driver at the Pensacola, Fla. short track this week as Heim will attempt to compete in the prestigious Snowflakes 100 and Snowball Derby on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 respectively.

An accomplished short track racer, the 16-year-old hopes to turn heads and compete for his first Tom Dawson trophy aboard his No. 78 Speedway Children’s Charities – Atlanta Ford Fusion.

On Friday night, Nov. 30, he qualified his No. 78 Ford 29th for the significant Snowball Derby event.

“I was really nervous for the longest time, being on the cut line, there were a ton of people left to go,” Heim said. “I’m really glad we made it, but I’m somewhat surprised just because I didn’t quite think that lap was going to make it in. I overdrove it a little bit just trying to get everything out of it, but for the most part, that’s all I could get.

“I’m really looking forward to the races this weekend at Five Flags,” he added. “We are proud to support the Speedway Children’s Charities for my home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway down in Florida too. The holiday season is here and it’s important for us to reflect on those in need and less fortunate.

“We should have two really good cars this weekend and I appreciate everyone for helping make this a reality.”

Bryant sounded, “It’s going to be a stout field for the Snowball Derby this weekend, but Corey should be one of the drivers to watch. He finished second in prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model race at Martinsville (Speedway), so I have doubt he can show that same strength and patience on Sunday.

“I look forward to watching him and assisting in any way possible.”

Fab Specialties and Hickmon Performance will serve as associate marketing partners for Heim this weekend in Pensacola.

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