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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Our vision is 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.

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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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.

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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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