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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

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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).

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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

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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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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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

Derek Griffith races to ARCA Menards Series career-best fifth-place finish in rain-shortened Menards 200

Toledo Speedway | Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands 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: Sixth (Based on Friday Lap 2 qualifying)

Finish: Fifth (127| 127 laps completed | rain-shortened event)

Derek Griffith Quote: “Mother Nature, unfortunately, didn’t want us to complete all 200 laps on Sunday. But we made a good change midway with our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion and the car woke up.

“We fought back up after being hung on the outside lane on one of the restarts and got to fifth before the rain came. I thought if we went back to green, we could have gotten a few spots, but it is what it is.

“I appreciate all the hard work of the Chad Bryant Racing team during a long weekend of racing. Look forward to the next opportunity.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Sun. Aug. 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (ET.) live on FOX Sports 1.