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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.

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

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Corey Heim joins Chad Bryant Racing for 2019 ARCA season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today the signing of 16-year-old Corey Heim for 13 ARCA Racing Series events next season aboard the No. 22 Ford Fusion beginning with the Mar. 9 race at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.
Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Paul Andrews will guide Heim in 2019.

Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. will compete in all the short track events for the Mooresville, N.C-based team as well as the two expected dirt events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State (Ill.) Fairgrounds respectively.

“I cannot wait for next year,” said Heim. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for myself and my career to transition to the ARCA Racing Series and compete for Chad Bryant Racing.

“I know I have a lot to learn, but I’ll be driving for one of the powerhouse teams in the series with a lot of veteran leadership. It’s going to be a fun year.”

In addition to his 2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway Young Lions Legends Car championship and his 2017 Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Pro Series championship, the Georgian has spent this season competing in the Southern Super Series (SSS), the CARS Tour Super Late Model Series and the Pro All Star Series (PASS) tour.

Earlier this year, Heim finished third in the Super Late Model race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, while also producing a fourth-place finish in the South Boston 150 PASS Series event and a fifth-place result in 42nd annual Rattler 250 to kick off the Southern Super Series season.

Currently, with one race remaining, Heim is third in the CARS Super Late Model standings on the heels of a season-high second place finish in the Thrifty Tire | Puryear Tank Lines 300 at Orange County (N.C.) Speedway aboard his No. 78 Fab Specialties | Hickman Performance Ford for his family-owned organization. Overall, he has two top-five and five top-10 finishes in eight starts.

While additionally producing two top-five and four top-10 runs in the SSS, Heim also sits third in the Southern Super Series championship standings.

Last month, Heim also finished second after starting 30th in the prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model race at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

“I’ve had some good success on short tracks this year between the Southern Super Series, the CARS Tour and PASS, I’m hoping that experience will help in ARCA next year,” Heim added. “I know the transition isn’t going to be easy but having fast cars and someone like Chad Bryant as a driver coach will help me with that learning curve.

“I’m also embracing the idea of racing at new short tracks and even competing on the dirt. It would be nice to win a race or two next season but the most important thing for me is finishing the races and improving on the last one. If we can do that, we will have met our goals.”

Team owner Chad Bryant says he’s psyched about working with Heim and help him mold his craft in the next phase of his Motorsports career.

“Corey really has been impressive in a short amount of time,” he said. “I think his leap to the ARCA Racing Series will be successful behind the wheel of our No. 22 Ford Fusions. He’s already shown us he’s not afraid to learn, ask questions and improve his skills as a race car driver. At this point, we can’t ask for much more than that.

“He’ll be in great hands with Paul (Andrews) as his crew chief and I really think they can contend for wins right off the bat.”

Marketing partners for Heim’s limited ARCA schedule will be announced at a later date.

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

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Chad Bryant Racing taps Tom Hessert III to pinch-hit for Chase Briscoe at Lucas Oil Raceway

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – With the most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe committed to his program with Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, officials from Chad Bryant Racing confirmed that Tom Hessert III will drive the team’s No. 22 Nutri Chomps Ford in the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

Inclement weather forced the postponed of the Sept. 7 race to nearly a month later and with Briscoe unavailable, team owner Chad Bryant says Hessert is a perfect hit to drive the team’s second car in the Oct. 6 race.

“First, everyone at Chad Bryant Racing is incredibly proud of Chase (Briscoe) for winning the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend,” Bryant said. “We were still committed to running two cars at Lucas Oil Raceway – but with everything that’s occurred since Chase winning Charlotte and looking at the logistics we didn’t think it was fair to Chase or Nutri Chomps to ask him to pull double duty hundreds of miles apart on the same day.

“Tom is a great driver who had a lot of success when I worked at Cunningham Motorsports. He is a smart racer who knows what it takes to win, and I think he’ll make the most of this opportunity on Saturday night.”

“Chad and I talked about going and racing a couple of places this season, but he’s been focused on the 77 car and I’ve been busy selling cars,” Hessert said. “When the race at Lucas Oil got rained out, I thought ‘you know, Chase is probably going to need to be somewhere else’ and I gave Chad a call.

“He and I work really well together. We’ve stayed in touch and we’re great friends. I stopped by the shop earlier in the week to make sure all of my gear was ready to go, and everything felt just like it did before. It’s very comfortable. Like racing with your family.”

Hessert drove for CBM’s predecessor Cunningham Motorsports in 2010 and again from 2013 through 2015. Hessert made 81 of his 185 career ARCA starts in Cunningham Motorsports car with success. Team owners Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham sold the team to crew chief Bryant prior to the start of the 2018 season.

“Lucas Oil Raceway should be a lot of fun and I can’t thank everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and Nutri Chomps for the opportunity,” added Hessert.

Primary marketing partner Nutri Chomps is one of several product lines by Scott Pet Inc. Scott Pet is headquartered in Rockville, Ind. and is a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of quality pet products for over 40 years.

Throughout his storied career, Hessert has scored six wins, 55 top-five finishes, 110 top-10 finishes, and five General Tire Pole Awards. Four of Hessert’s six wins came with Cunningham Motorsports, including his first career win at Iowa Speedway in 2010.

Four of Hessert’s triumphs have come on short tracks, including the Iowa victory and three more at the historic Salem Speedway. His most recent victory came on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 2016. The Cherry Hill, N.J. driver finished fourth at Daytona earlier this season, his only other start of 2018 driving for another organization.

Chad Bryant Racing will also field an entry for its flagship car, the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Joe Graf Jr. in the penultimate short track race of the season.

The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 6 with an hour and a half session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag that night shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on ARCARacing.com with a to-be-announced air date on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also offer live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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