Derek Griffith ready for second ARCA Menards Series East start at Five Flags Speedway

Derek Griffith ready for second ARCA Menards Series East start at Five Flags Speedway

PENSACOLA, Fla.: A prime opportunity awaits Derek Griffith and the Chad Bryant Racing team in Saturday night’s Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.

Returning to the ARCA Menards Series East scene for the first time since competing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February, Griffith and the CBR team led by crew chief Paul Andrews are looking to finish what they started.

Griffith had a dominating performance at New Smyrna, but a late-race setback on pit road changed the complexion of the race and Griffith ran out of laps to get back to the lead before the checkered flag waved.

While Griffith eventually settled for second at New Smyrna, Five Flags is a second chance and an opportunity to capture the win.

“I’m pumped about Five Flags this weekend,” said Griffith. “It is such an amazing track. We have been there for the Snowball Derby a couple of times and I feel like my prior experience will pay off.”

Knowing that he has experience at Five Flags Speedway in a Super Late Model, Griffith is hoping to capitalize on the track time and use it to his advantage in the ARCA Menards Series East finale.

“I’d love to close out the year with some good runs,” added Griffith who will also compete in the ARCA Menards Series finale at Kansas Speedway next weekend. “It’s been such a huge honor and a blessing to be able to drive for Chad Bryant Racing. We’ve been able to have a lot of success together, but we haven’t been able to get into Victory Lane, yet.

“I think this weekend is our best chance to make that happen. I know what it takes to be fast at Five Flags and even though the competition is going to be pretty stout, I feel like the communication between myself and my crew chief Paul (Andrews) is really strong. We just have to keep our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Lollipops Ford near the front and then just see what happens.”

This week marks the first ARCA Menards Series East 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.

“Halloween is coming up later this month and the Original Gourmet™ Lollipops make an excellent treat – just saying,” Griffith said with a smile.

Team owner Chad Bryant is looking forward to having Griffith back on the ARCA Menards Series East scene this weekend.

“We’re going to Five Flags Speedway with some unfinished business in the ARCA Menards Series East,” offered Bryant. “All season long I’ve been super impressed with Derek and he I know he will continue to showcase that this weekend.

“Hopefully, the weather holds out and we can have a successful weekend.”

In addition to Griffith, Grant Enfinger will drive a second-Chad Bryant Racing car in Saturday night’s race aboard the No. 77 Champion Power Equipment | Breland Homes Ford Fusion.

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 Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions (200 laps | 100 miles) is the eighth of eight races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 10, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., with qualifying set for 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m., televised live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Grant Enfinger to drive for Chad Bryant Racing at Five Flags Speedway

Grant Enfinger to drive for Chad Bryant Racing at Five Flags Speedway

PENSACOLA, Fla.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that 2015 ARCA Menards Series champion Grant Enfinger will return to the ARCA platform and compete in Saturday’s Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions, the season finale for the ARCA Menards Series East at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.

This weekend’s race marks Enfinger’s ARCA East debut and his return to an ARCA-sanctioned event since competing at Toledo Speedway in 2018.

The No. 77 Ford Fusion will be backed by longtime Enfinger supporters Champion Power Equipment and Breland Homes with team owner and former ARCA championship-winning crew chief Chad Bryant calling the shots.

Enfinger, a native of Fairhope, Ala. is taking advantage of an off-week in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – where he sits fourth in the Playoff standings entering the semi-final round at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 17.

“I grew up racing at Five Flags, so I’m extremely excited about coming home to the ARCA race at Five Flags Speedway this weekend,” said Enfinger. “I really appreciate the opportunity from Chad Bryant Racing and it’s great to have Champion Power Equipment and Breland Homes onboard our No. 77 Ford.

“It should be a great short track race, so we need to have a great crowd and keep this series coming back to Pensacola every year.”

Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From their original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada.

Today, Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters.

Breland Homes was founded more than 40 years ago and is now one of the most trusted names in the home building industry. Breland Homes is one of the Southeast’s top new construction home builders, offering affordable single-family and luxury townhomes with exceptional value throughout Alabama and Northern Florida.

Team owner Chad Bryant says having Enfinger is a prime opportunity for the team to make a statement and contend for the win at the historic short track.

“We are excited to have Grant representing Chad Bryant Racing this weekend at Five Flags Speedway,” offered Bryant. “He is a tremendous driver who knows what it takes to win at Five Flags, and we look forward to giving him the opportunity of winning in his ARCA Menards Series East debut aboard the No. 77 Champion Power Equipment | Breland Homes Ford.”

In 95 ARCA Menards Series starts, Enfinger has captured six poles, 16 wins, 47 top-five and 66 top-10 finishes and captured the 2015 championship title for GMS Racing.

For more on Grant Enfinger, please visit grantenfinger.com, like him on Facebook (Grant Enfinger) and follow him on Twitter (@grantenfinger).

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

About Champion Power Equipment:

Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada.

Today Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field.

For more information visit: ChampionPowerEquipment.com.

Breland Homes:

Breland Homes was founded more than 40 years ago, and is now one of the most trusted names in the home building industry. Breland Homes is one of the Southeast’s top new construction home builders, offering affordable single-family and luxury townhomes with exceptional value throughout Alabama and Northern Florida.

Buying a new home with us is a one-of-a-kind experience; where our homes speak for themselves and our people make the difference.

For more information visit: BrelandHomes.com

Kris Wright delivers Chad Bryant Racing another top-10 finish at Memphis International Raceway

Memphis International Raceway | Sioux Chief PowerPEX 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: 10th (198 | 200 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “Not a bad night, but we were looking for a little more.

“Memphis was definitely a learning experience with the tires, but the Chad Bryant Racing team worked hard on our No. 22 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet throughout the day and we were able to finish with another top-10 finish.

“Look forward to climbing back in an ARCA next month at Kansas Speedway.”

ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Illinois Truck & Equipment Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State on Sun., Oct. 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) live on MAVTV and stream live on TrackPass on NBC Gold.

Kris Wright takes ARCA learning curve to Memphis

Kris Wright takes ARCA learning curve to Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn: While his ARCA Menards Series (AMS) finish last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway may not show it, rookie Kris Wright made tremendous gains throughout the Bush’s Beans 200 that he hopes to carry over to Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway for Saturday’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

After starting 13th, Wright encountered radio issues aboard his No. 12 First National Bank Corporation Chevrolet and turning laps at Bristol in less than 17-seconds, communication was essential for the gifted Sports Car racer.

With the issue corrected, Wright returned to the race but was multiple laps down.

Even though the opportunity to contend for a career-best effort was short-lived, Wright showed immense short track improvement during the 200-lap event which included turning laps that were comparable to other ARCA drivers inside the top-10, including his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) teammate Derek Griffith.

With Bristol over, Wright and the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team trek to Memphis, where the ARCA Menards Series will make their first trip to the 0.750-mile paved oval since 2001.

And while only a handful of drivers have experience at Memphis, Wright is leaning on the experience of his Chad Bryant Racing team to help him continue to adapt to the learning curve at a race track where he will be on an equal playing field with a majority of the field.

“I really enjoyed Bristol, despite our finish,” said Wright. “But that race is behind us but the momentum from it is not. I feel like as a rookie driver I’ve made some big gains over the last month or so and I plan to continue to showcase that during Saturday’s race at Memphis.”

Unlike Bristol, the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 event weekend will offer its competitors valuable track time with both practice and General Tire pole qualifying.

The two sessions in itself will prove to be precious for Wright.

“It’s very hard for a rookie driver to jump into a race without any practice or qualifying,” added Wright. “You’re expected to learn the track, adjust your car and be competitive. But we’ve made it work to the best of our ability.

“Thankfully at Memphis this weekend that’s a scenario we are not facing. We’ll have time to dial in our No. 22 First National Bank Corporation Chevrolet during practice, make some changes and hopefully get ourselves in a strong position to start near the front and stay there.”

With a best finish of seventh at Lebanon I-44 Speedway earlier this month, Wright is hunting for his first top-five ARCA finish.

“I know we are capable of bettering our finish from I-44 Speedway,” added Wright. “This is a good team, a winning team. We just need to have a mistake free-race and making gains near the end of the race. I’d love to leave Memphis with a top-five and carry that momentum to Kansas next month.”

In addition to Memphis, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series season-finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 16, 2020.

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. 26 at Memphis.

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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (200 laps | 150 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Sept. 26, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is slated for 3:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m., televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports TrackPass Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

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

Follow on Social Media: For more on Derek Griffith, please visit derekgriffith.com, like him on Facebook (Derek Griffith Motorsports) and follow him on Twitter (@DerekGriffith12).

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

Start: 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).

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

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).