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Another top-10 for Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway | Bush’s Bean 200 Race Recap

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

Driver: Derek Griffith

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Start: 11th (2020 ARCA owner points)

Finish: Ninth (200 | 200 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “Bristol was an amazing experience. I needed some more seat time for sure, but I had a blast with our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion.

“Overall, though we were happy with the night. We made a change late in the race that hurt for sure. We were better in the middle of the race for sure, but that’s racing.

“I’m appreciative of everyone on this Chad Bryant Racing team and look forward to Kansas in a couple of weeks.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Toyota 200 presented by Crosley Brands at Winchester Speedway on Sat., Sept. 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) live on MAVTV.

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Kris Wright overcomes early race issue to earn top-15 finish in Bristol Motor Speedway debut

Bristol Motor Speedway | Bush’s Bean 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 12 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet

Driver: Kris Wright

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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Start: 13th (2020 ARCA owner points)

Finish: 15th (183 | 200 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “It’s such a bummer that we had radio issues with our No. 12 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet. Our car was really fast, but we lost a bunch of laps trying to correct the radio issues.

“Still, I really liked the track. I like the way it raced. I learned a lot and hopefully, I’ll have another chance to race at Bristol in the future.

“Focused now on getting ready for Memphis next weekend.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Toyota 200 presented by Crosley Brands at Winchester Speedway on Sat., Sept. 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. (ET) live on MAVTV.

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Kris Wright optimistic about Bristol Motor Speedway debut

Kris Wright optimistic about Bristol Motor Speedway debut

BRISTOL, Tenn: On the heels of his career-best finish two weeks ago at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, Kris Wright is heading to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Thursday night’s Bush’s Beans 200 realizing it will likely be his biggest ARCA Menards Series challenge yet.

Embracing a road course, a high-speed 2.0-mile track and a couple of short tracks this summer between ARCA and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Wright is quickly adding tracks to his stock car resume but when it comes to Thunder Valley, the rookie understands he’s about to tackle a whole new world.

“I’m actually excited about heading to Bristol Motor Speedway this week,” said Wright who will make his fourth career ARCA start in the No. 12 Chevrolet.

“I realize Bristol is going to be like nothing that I’ve experienced before, but I’m heading there with an open mind and a lot of confidence that I can get the job done for our partners and the Chad Bryant Racing team.”

With the ARCA Menards Series race embedded with the competitors of the ARCA Menards Series East on Thursday night, Wright will have to tackle nearly double the competition in the Bush’s Beans 200, but the sports car standout sees the extra competition as a good thing.

“The more the competition the better I feel like it can help me become a better stock car racer,” he said. “My track time is going to be limited on Thursday before the race, but I know that there is going to be several different drivers in the race that have turned laps at Bristol in the past.

“I need to use that to my advantage. In practice, I need to get behind an experienced driver and just follow and see if I can run their line. It’s also about getting our car dialed in. Without any qualifying, we’re going to be starting mid-pack and I just want to make sure the car feels good so we can get after it when the green flag waves.”

As an added benefit this week at Bristol will be the addition of a teammate for Wright at Chad Bryant Racing. Derek Griffith, the impressive short track phenom will also make his ARCA Menards Series debut at Bristol this week.

But, with Griffith’s background hailing from short tracks around the country, Wright is keen at having the opportunity to chat with his teammate about the fundamentals of not only Bristol but short track racing as a whole.

“I’ve heard a lot about Derek and look forward to racing with him on Thursday night at Bristol,” mentioned Wright. “I know he’s never been at Bristol before – but his forte his short tracks so I know there’s going to be a number of things that I can learn from him for not only Bristol but hopefully down the road too.”

In addition to Bristol, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and the season-finale at Kansas Speedway.

He will also compete in the last race of the ARCA Menards Series West season at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in November.

PPG, Mastertech, iHeart Radio and First National Bank will all support Wright’s efforts on Sept. 17 at Bristol.

For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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

The Bush’s Beans 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group practice begins Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:30 p.m., televised live on FOX Sports 1, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

Derek Griffith returns to ARCA Menards Series competition at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn: Competing in his first ARCA Menards Series race in nearly seven weeks, newcomer Derek Griffith heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Thursday night’s Bush’s Beans 200 hoping to pick up right where he left off in his most recent at Toledo Speedway at the beginning of August.

Adding the doubleheader at the legendary half-mile track of Toledo Speedway, Griffith was able to capitalize on back-to-back days of racing which yielded his career-best performance of fifth in the Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands.

With some fire under his belt with a string of four straight top-10 finishes dating back to Kentucky Speedway in July, Griffith is looking forward to invading Bristol and knocking off one of his bucket list items while searching for his first career ARCA Menards Series victory.

“I am super excited for Bristol Motor Speedway this week,” said Griffith. “First time there, but definitely a bucket list deal. I feel like I have a ton of momentum right now and hope we can capitalize on it Thursday night.”

Much like Griffith has had to embrace this season in ARCA competition because of COVID-19 protocols, track time will be limited which may seem like a downfall for Griffith – but knowing he’s largely touted as one of the finest short track racers in the country, he’s hoping to step up to the plate and deliver.

“I’d love to have a full practice and even some qualifying, but that’s just not in the cards for ARCA right now,” added Griffith. “It’s unfortunate yes, but I think I’ve proven to be a pretty fast learner this year and Bristol will be no different.

“Thankfully, I am surrounded by people who have plenty of knowledge and success at Bristol in the past, so my worry level isn’t very high at all.”

With the added mix of the ARCA Menards Series East at Bristol this week, there is no doubt that it will likely be the most stacked field of the 2020 season, but Griffith is primed and ready.

“I believe the competition is tough everywhere we go, no matter how many cars are racing,” Griffith explained. “I think we just go into the race with a level head, race hard and see how we come out.”

The ARCA Menards Series is eyeing its stretch drive for the final races of the season and while Griffith will be apart of at least two of those events at Bristol and the season-finale at Kansas Speedway, he does have goals he wants to carry out before the checkered flag waves.

“I am happy with what we’ve accomplished this season,” sounded Griffith. “I’d really like to get a real solid run at one of these bigger tracks, a top-three, ideally a win. That would be awesome.”

Between Toledo and Bristol, Griffith has been staying busy between operating his business and racing Late Models which included two wins at Claremont Motorsports Park and Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire respectively.

This week marks the seventh event with Original Gourmet™ Food Company as the primary partner of Griffith’s No. 22 Ford Fusion.

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

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

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

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

Team owner Chad Bryant is looking forward to having Griffith back behind the wheel this week and tackling Thunder Valley.

“We expect to be fast this weekend and contending for the win,” offered Bryant. “All season long I’ve been super impressed with Derek, but heading to Bristol, he’s in a good place and I think he’ll find that Bristol is a place that fits his niche.

“Looking forward to seeing what we and bother our Chad Bryant Racing cars can do on Thursday night.”

In addition to Griffith, Kris Wright will drive a second-Chad Bryant Racing car in Thursday night’s race aboard the No. 12 vehicle.

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 Bush’s Beans 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 16th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group practice begins Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:30 p.m., televised live on FOX Sports 1, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

Kris Wright earns career-best ARCA Menards Series finish at Lebanon I-44 Speedway

Lebanon I-44 Speedway | Zinsser SmartCoat 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet

Driver: Kris Wright

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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

Start: Ninth

Finish: Seventh (198 | 200 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “We made some gains with our No. 22 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet.

I-44 Speedway was definitely a unique track for sure and even though we had rough patches throughout the race, we still were able to finish the race and have a finish that we can build on for Bristol in a couple of weeks.

“I appreciate the work of Paul (Andrews), Chad (Bryant) and all the guys on this No. 22 team for their hard work and the marketing partners for allowing the race to happen.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Toledo ARCA 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sat. Sept. 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV.

Kris Wright returns to Chad Bryant Racing for Lebanon’s I-44 Speedway

Kris Wright returns to Chad Bryant Racing for Lebanon’s I-44 Speedway

LEBANON, Mo: ARCA Menards Series Rookie Kris Wright and Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) have paired together again for Saturday night’s Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

The sports car standout and Chad Bryant Racing led by NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews plan to bounce back from transmission problems last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway that hindered Wright the opportunity to net his first career ARCA top-10 finish.

“Looking forward to this chance and getting back into an ARCA car for a second consecutive week,” said Wright. “Of course, we didn’t have the finish we were hoping for at Gateway, but it was a situation that was out of everyone’s hands.

“We’ll go to I-44 Speedway this weekend and look for an impressive rebound.”

The good news for Wright is unlike his two prior ARCA starts at Michigan International Speedway and Gateway where he had limited amounts of track time because of the COVID-19 protocols, the event schedule is stacked this weekend with nearly an hour of practice, two laps of qualifying and 200-laps of classic short track racing.

Being a rookie driver and learning to hone his craft in a stock car, the track time is priceless for the Wexford, Pa. native.

“I’m really thankful to have as much track time as we do this weekend at I-44 Speedway,” added Wright. “In making the transition to stock cars, nothing accounts more than actual track time behind the wheel.

“Luckily for us as a team, as far as we can tell have been to 1-44 Speedway in one of these cars – so everyone will be basically on the same playing field for practice and the day. We’re going to work hard in practice to get the car balanced to where I am comfortable and hopefully have some speed.

“From there, we’ll see how qualifying goes and look for a top-10 or better for the race on Saturday night. I appreciate the hard work of Paul (Andrews), Chad (Bryant) and the rest of the No. 22 CBR guys for helping make this weekend possible.”

No stranger to working with new drivers, team owner Chad Bryant believes the 25-year-old will impress the competition soon.

“Kris is a fierce competitor,” added Bryant. “He isn’t afraid to go fast. He showed that last weekend at Gateway. I think he is transitioning well from sports cars to stock cars and it won’t be long before he is contending for wins.”

In addition to I-44 Speedway, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and the season-finale at Kansas Speedway.

He will also compete in the last race of the ARCA Menards Series West season at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in November.

PPG, Mastertech, iHeart Radio and First National Bank will all support Wright’s efforts this weekend at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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

The Zinsser SmartCoat 200 (200 laps | 75 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat. Sept. 5, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 4:00 p.m. – 4: 45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is slated for 6:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m., televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports’ Track Pass, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Transmission woes hinder finish for Kris Wright at Chad Bryant Racing at World Wide Technology Raceway

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway | Dutch Boy 150 Recap

Team: No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Chevrolet

Driver: Kris Wright

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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Start: Eighth (Based on ARCA owner points)

Finish: 18th (109 | 120 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “It’s disappointing that we had transmission issues after the first segment. I feel like we were just an adjustment or two away from allowing us to challenge for a top-five finish.

“I appreciate the support of the Chad Bryant Racing team and look forward to the next opportunity to compete in the ARCA Menards Series.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Sat. Sept. 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. (CT.) live on MAVTV.

Kris Wright to make Chad Bryant Racing debut at World Wide Technology Raceway

Kris Wright to make Chad Bryant Racing debut at World Wide Technology Raceway

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Officials from Chad Bryant Racing announced today that sports car standout Kris Wright will make his ARCA Menards Series team debut in Saturday night’s Dutch Boy 150 at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Wright will make his second ARCA Menards Series start of the season after competing in the VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month for GMS Racing.

The 25-year-old will pilot the team’s flagship No. 22 entry in the 150-lap event under the leadership of veteran crew chief Paul Andrews.

Wright is transitioning to stock cars following a successful stint in sports cars, including a second-place finish in the LMP2 class in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Wexford, Pa. naïve also claimed the IMSA Prototype Challenge championship (LMP3) in 2019 after scoring the IMSA Prototype Challenge Rookie of the Year honors in 2017.

In addition to two ARCA Menards Series West starts at Utah Motorsports Campus where he finished second and third in June, he also made his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) debut two weeks ago at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to drive for Chad Bryant Racing this weekend at Gateway,” said Wright. “Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews) are giving me an opportunity to continue to build a stock car resume with their organization.

“The team has shown over the years that not only do they have fast race cars, but they are a winning and championship-caliber team. I hope we can have a successful debut at Gateway on Saturday night.”

Bryant, a championship-winning ARCA Menards Series crew chief is looking forward to seeing Wright showcase his craft.

“Kris is eager to learn and his personality fits our mold here at Chad Bryant Racing,” offered Bryant. “He has had a successful career in and he is eager to come to ARCA and showcase his ability.

“Gateway isn’t the easiest track, but I feel it’s a place he can quickly find his groove and be a contender for the race on Saturday night.”

For more on Kris Wright, please visit, kriswrightmotorsports.com, like him on Facebook (Kris Wright Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@kriswrightraces).

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

The Dutch Boy 150 (120 laps | 150 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 with a half-hour group practice session from 10:30 a.m. – 11: -00a.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Parker Chase set for a busy double-duty weekend

Parker Chase set for a busy double-duty weekend

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: On the heels of his first career top-10 finish in the ARCA Menards Series last weekend at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) development driver Parker Chase will continue to enhance his learning curve with a busy doubleheader this weekend.

Chase, 19, will start the weekend with two back-to-back practice sessions in the IMSA Virginia is for Racing Lovers Grand Prix at the famed VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) on Friday and Saturday before making the trek to Hickory, N.C. where he’ll climb behind the wheel of a Chad Bryant Racing prepared-Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS).

Chase will drive the No. 77 Vertical Bridge car for a twin 40-lap event hoping to improve off his two prior starts at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway short track.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend, but I’m excited about it,” said. Chase. “I’m determined to be competitive in anything I drive. The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to competition – but both offer the opportunity for me to race with the best and to become a better driver.

“I’m also thankful I’m with two really good teams like Bryan Herta Autosport and Chad Bryant Racing and look forward to capitalizing on the opportunity with strong efforts if not wins on Saturday and Sunday.”

Following the CT Dickinson Service Center-supported event Saturday night at Hickory, Chase will make the 153-mile trip east to Alton, Va. where he and teammate Spencer Brockman are looking to capitalize on their runner-up performance at Road America (Wisc.) at the beginning of the month with a victory aboard his No. 29 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR in Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers Grand Prix.

While continuing an aggressive schedule in the IMSA-sanctioned Michelin Pilot Challenge Series, the New Braunfels, Tex. native is hopeful for another chance to return to the ARCA Menards Series in 2020 with Chad Bryant Racing.

“We were running in the top-five last week at the Daytona Road Course but had some bad luck near the end of the race with the transmission that hindered our performance,” explained Chase.

“Despite the misfortune, I had a lot of fun and the Chad Bryant Racing team gave me a good piece.”

“I’m hoping in addition to IMSA with Bryan Herta Autosport and the Late Model with CBR, there’s an opportunity to compete in a race or two in the ARCA Series later this year.”

Team owner and ARCA championship-winning crew chief Chad Bryant says he has seen tremendous growth in Chase over the past two and a half months and only sees his finesse behind the wheel of the race car to improve even more down the road.

“Parker is a very versatile driver,” Bryant said. “It’s not easy to compete on a very demanding road course like VIR and then come to Hickory and climb behind the wheel of these heavier Late Model where you have to get up on the wheel and drive.

“He never complains. He wants to win and wants to prove to everyone that he belongs here. He has made massive strides over the last couple of months and I believe his hard work will pay off with a win or two very soon.”

In addition to Vertical Bridge, Enertech Resources and NXTLVL Marine will serve as additional partners for Chase’s double duty endeavors at VIR and Hickory.

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).

Late race transmission woes hinder better finish for Parker Chase and Chad Bryant Racing at Daytona Road Course

Daytona International Speedway Road Course | General Tire 100 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 VerticalBridge | Enertech Resources Ford Fusion

Driver: Parker Chase

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

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Start: Eighth (Based on ARCA owner points)

Finish: 10th (28 | 28 laps completed)

Parker Chase Quote: “Our race didn’t go as we had hoped. I thought we were in a good position at the end of the first segment, but it turns out that that was the best part of our race.

“On the restart for the second segment, a couple of cars got together and I had to get into the grass to avoid them and lost a lot of time to the others ahead. Then, we were plagued by the transmission getting stuck in second gear which really spoiled our night.

“Still, I’m thankful for the opportunity of my ARCA Menards Series debut with Chad Bryant Racing and to represent VerticalBridge, Enertech Resources and all of our partners. I look forward to the next chance.”

ARCA Menards Series Next Up: ARCA Menards Series 150 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (CT.) live on MAVTV.