Kris Wright matches career-best ARCA Menards Series finish at Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway | Speediatrics 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 12 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet

Driver: Kris Wright

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Start: Eighth (2020 ARCA owner points)

Finish: Seventh (100 | 100 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “I really felt like we learned a lot Friday at Kansas. In the second segment, we were just as fast as the leaders. I tried to learn as much as I can every single lap and with every setup.

“We definitely played with the setup and it gave me the extra speed that I needed. I can’t thank everyone on this Chad Bryant Racing team for their hard work and look forward to Phoenix next month.”

ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sat., Feb. 13, 2021, live on FOX Sports 1.

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Derek Griffith set to close out ARCA Menards Series season at Kansas Speedway

Derek Griffith set to close out ARCA Menards Series season at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan: There’s a lot on the line for everyone heading to Kansas Speedway for Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation, including rookie driver Derek Griffith.

The Hudson, N.H. native is poised to make his eighth start of the 2020 season and eyes a victory in the season finale driving for Chad Bryant Racing.

Griffith, 23, also returns to Kansas Speedway hoping to better his eighth-place run at the 1.5-mile speedway in July after starting 12th.

“I am excited for Kansas Speedway this weekend for sure,” said Griffith. “Finally, a place I have laps at, and I believe that experience should be pivotal to having a good night for our Chad Bryant Racing team this weekend.”

Completing all 100 laps this summer at Kansas was crucial in the learning curve for Griffith as he seeks his second top-five finish in ARCA competition and the first on a bigger track.

“I think the biggest thing I am happy about is returning to a place where I’ve made laps. It’s been challenging at times to go to a new track with limited practice and even some no qualifying and then just go out and race.

“We’ve made it work and did a good job – but going make to a place for a second time is going to pay off for us this weekend. I’ve learned so much on these bigger tracks this year and I hope we get an opportunity to showcase that on Friday night.”

Griffith also heads to Kansas fired up.

Taking advantage of an off weekend in the ARCA Menards Series competition, Griffith and the Chad Bryant Racing team participated in the ARCA Menards Series East finale at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway this past Sunday, where Griffith contended for the win but was eliminated from contention after being spun out by an impatient driver late in the race.

“I’m still a little frustrated about Pensacola,” added Griffith. “Just because we had such a good car and our team worked hard and we were right where we needed to be and got wiped out for no reason. A lot of people worked hard, and we left there nothing to show for our efforts.

“To make up for it, I really want a good finish in our No. 22 Original Gourmet Ford Fusion. A top-three finish would really make my season come to a good end.”

This week marks the eighth ARCA Menards Series 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.

“I can’t thank Chad Bryant, Paul Andrews and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing team for all their efforts this year. This has been a crazy year, but it’s been a lot of fun to work with them!”

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

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 Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20th races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group Practice begins Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m., televised live on either FOX Sports 1 or 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Kris Wright excited for Kansas Speedway debut

Kris Wright excited for Kansas Speedway debut

KANSAS CITY, Kan: Fresh off a top-10 finish in his most recent race at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway last month, Kris Wright returns to Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) set to compete in the ARCA Menards Series season finale at Kansas Speedway in the Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation.

Wright, a talented sports car ace has spent 2020 adjusting to stock car racing competing in both the ARCA Menards Series and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and while he has enjoyed modest success on both platforms, Wright is eager to get to Kansas Speedway and contend for a top-five finish.

Wright has never been to Kansas Speedway, let alone a 1.5-mile speedway track in ARCA competition, but being a rookie driver on the tour, Wright is used to change and challenges but being surrounded by experience from top to bottom, Wright is upbeat and excited about his Midwest stop.

“I’m optimistic about Kansas Speedway this weekend,” said Wright. “I don’t have a lot of big track experience in the ARCA Menards Series but I’m ready for the challenge. “I’m appreciative of the opportunity to be racing at Kansas and it’s our goal to leave the track on Friday with a top-10 finish or better.”

Luckily for Wright, the ARCA Menards Series will have a short forty-five-minute practice which will allow Wexford, Pa. an opportunity to turn crucial laps around Kansas but also find a balance on his No. 12 First National Bank Chevrolet that he is comfortable racing with.

“I’m thankful for any track time in the year 2020,” Wright said with a chuckle. “We’ll use the 45 minutes to our advantage on Friday and then regroup and get ready for the race.”

While four of his five ARCA starts this season has come at tracks 1.25-miles or shorter in length, he did make his debut at Michigan International Speedway, a fast 2.0-mile speedway, where speeds approach 200 miles per hour.

His Michigan finish wasn’t an indicator of his performance, but the thrill of speed and his finesse on the bigger tracks is a task that Wright is eager to continue to perfect.

“I loved everything about Michigan except the finish,” Wright said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to those fast speeds and intense racing. I had a lot of fun in Michigan and I know Kansas is going to be similar territory.”

Stacking up resources, Wright will also be able to relay feedback on his car with Chad Bryant Racing teammate Derek Griffith who returns to Kansas with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team after an eighth-place finish in July.

“I enjoy racing with Derek,” added Wright. “He’s a hardcore racer like I am and I plan to talk to him after practice and see what his car is doing and bounce some ideas off each other. Hopefully, we can get both Chad Bryant Racing cars inside the top-10 on Friday night.”

In addition to Kansas, Wright 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 Oct. 16 at Kansas.

Industry veteran Donnie Richeson, a three-time ARCA Menards Series-winning crew chief will call the shots on Friday night for Wright.

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 Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20th races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group Practice begins Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m., televised live on either FOX Sports 1 or 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Strong run thwarted for Derek Griffith at Five Flags Speedway

Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | Pensacola 200 Race Recap

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

Driver: Derek Griffith

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Start: Eighth

Finish: 13th (205 | 206 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “Well a good day turned bad. Paul Andrews and the Chad Bryant Racing team made the right call with 55 laps to go and we were battling for the lead when we just got flat out wrecked.

“Sucks for sure, because we had a GOOD No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion. We will try to rebound at Kansas Speedway and the end the year on a high note.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation at Kansas Speedway on Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. (ET) live on FOX Sports 1 (or 2) and the Motor Racing Network.

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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

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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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.