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).

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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

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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.

Derek Griffith matches career-best ARCA Menards Series with Chad Bryant Racing at Toledo Speedway

Toledo Speedway | Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE 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: Seventh

Finish: Seventh (200 | 200 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “We fought hard tonight. We just could not get the balance that we needed on our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion to run in the top-five and contend for the win.

“We made some gains though, especially following the second segment. I know that Paul (Andrews, crew chief) and Chad (Bryant, team owner) are going to talk and bounce ideas off each other and we’ll make some adjustments ahead of Saturday’s race and hope to be a lot more competitive and leave Toledo with a top-five finish.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands at Toledo Speedway on Sat. Aug. 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and | or NBC Sports Track Pass Gold.

Chad Bryant Racing adds Toledo Speedway doubleheader to Derek Griffith’s ARCA schedule

TOLEDO, Oh: Chad Bryant Racing hadn’t planned to compete in this weekend’s ARCA Menards Series doubleheader at Toledo Speedway, but thanks to hard work from team owner Chad Bryant and rookie Derek Griffith, the team will show up at the northern Ohio racetrack and hope for the opportunity to compete for two wins on the same weekend.

Griffith, an accomplished Late Model racer in the northeast returns to short track form this weekend after a recent stint of larger track oval racing which saw the rising phenom participate at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and most recently last Friday night’s Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway.

While huge strides were made from Griffith, he is looking forward to the opportunity to return back to his forte and the chance to return the Mooresville, N.C.-based team back to Victory Lane.

“I am very excited to hit Toledo Speedway this weekend,” said Griffith. “The track looks like a fast and fun place to race and it is right up my alley for track size as well, so hopefully good things are in store for our team this weekend.”

Of course, it was a short track in February at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, where Griffith and CBR took the series’ by storm when Griffith in his series’ debut won the pole, led a dominating 144 of 175 laps – but was penalized late in the race for a pit road infraction. Still, the Hudson, N.H. native recovered to finish second.

This weekend in sorts, Griffith is hoping to finish what he started at New Smyrna and add another strong Toledo Speedway result to Chad Bryant Racing’s track record at the historic half-mile ARCA owned track.

“It has been an amazing experience so far with Chad Bryant Racing,” added Griffith. “Really hoping we can add even more races to our schedule this season – but as far as Toledo goes, the short tracks are something I prefer. With limited practice, I am struggling a little bit at the larger tracks, so the chance to get back to some normalcy is the perfect opportunity for our No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team to make some noise.

“We have two chances to get into Victory Lane this weekend too. So, that is big. Can’t wait to get to Toledo and just get things started.”

Although Griffith realizes he will have tough competition at Toledo this weekend from the likes of fellow teams Venturini Motorsports, DGR-Crosley and Bret Holmes Racing, the 23-year-old believes his team can strut its stuff this weekend and he can make up for his inexperience in 400 laps of competition.

“I think we are all ready for a win,” Griffith expressed. “It would mean the world to cement my name down as a winner in the ARCA Menards Series and hopefully looked at as a good competitor from the other series’ drivers and teams.

“Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews, crew chief) know what it takes to be successful at Toledo Speedway and I’m just hoping that I can live up to our expectations this weekend and it will give us some momentum for the future.”

This weekend marks the fifth and sixth events 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 on normal turf and setting his driver loose on the competition.

“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 getting the chance to add both Toledo Speedway races to our schedule gives us that extra motivation to go there and not only try to get both wins – but put our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company inside the top-five all race long.

“Looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish at ARCA’s home track.”

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 MENARDS.com 200 presented by SPxE (200 laps | 100 miles) is the ninth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Jul. 31 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 6:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

The MENARDS 200 presented by Crosley Brands (200 laps | 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Aug. 1 with a half-hour practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing upbeat for Kansas ARCA challenge

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing upbeat for Kansas ARCA challenge

KANSAS CITY, Kan: Set for their fourth ARCA Menards Series race of the season together, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) and rookie driver Derek Griffith trek west hunting for a top-five finish in Friday night’s Dawn 150 at Kanas Speedway.

The likable Griffith returns to the scene on the heels of a career-best seventh-place finish two weeks ago at Kentucky Speedway in the General Tire 150. And while his first intermediate debut was quite the learning experience, the Hudson, N.H. native is eager to pick up right where he left off from Kentucky.

“I am super excited to hit another mile and a half-track with some experience behind me,” said Griffith. “I’m hoping with some of the seat time I’ve had, we can roll out and be good off the start and I can get racing!”

At Kentucky and because of COVID-19 protocol, Griffith had limited practice aboard his No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion before throwing the 23-year-old into a hungry pack of wolves – most who had prior experience on bigger tracks.

Griffith, though held his own throughout the 100-lap race, turning some of his fastest laps of the event in the closing laps. With another limited practice on deck at Kansas, Griffith has a better baseline than Kentucky.

“Although the tracks are different, the mindset is still the same,” added Griffith. “I know I’ll be able to trust the car and we can keep working on it. The more the race went on at Kentucky the more comfortable I became.

“I have to get into that frame of mind as if I’m competing in those last couple of laps at Kentucky during practice at Kansas to put us in a good spot for the race.”

Still, while the fundamentals are the same, Kansas Speedway will run under the lights, providing a new element for Griffith.

“I think it’s going to be a blast racing under the light at Kansas,” sounded Griffith. “Yes, I think the handling has the opportunity to change itself depending on the track conditions, but that’s why I have Paul (Andrews) in my corner to help make it all seem seamless.

“I really think with what I learned at Kentucky and our determination as a team should put us in a good spot for the race.”

Saturday’s race will mark the fourth race 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 says Griffith is doing everything he needs to do behind the wheel and hopes to continue to showcase his ability in his second stint with a mile-and-a-half track this weekend.

“Derek has done a great job in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” offered Bryant. “I was super impressed of the job he did at Kentucky with the lack of actual on-track time. If the race was 50 laps longer, we would have been able to get a few more spots on the track.

“The gains he made at Kentucky will be put on display at Kansas and I look forward to seeing our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion contending for a stronger finish.”

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 Dawn 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Jul. 24 with a one-hour group practice session from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Central).

Kody Swanson delivers top-10 finish in ARCA Menards Series debut at Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway | Shore Lunch 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Fatheadz Eyewear Ford Fusion

Driver: Kody Swanson

Follow on Social Media: For more on Kody Swanson, please visit kodyswansonracing.com, like him on Facebook (Swanson Kody and follow him on Twitter (@KodySwanson).

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Start: Ninth (Lineup by 2020 ARCA Menards Series owner points)

Finish: Eighth (150| 150 laps completed)

Kody Swanson Quote: “I am grateful for the opportunity and everyone who helped make Iowa Speedway happen. I learned a lot, including more since the checkered flag has flown.

“Crew chief Paul Andrews, Chad Bryant and the entire team worked all day to help me improve and feel comfortable in the No. 22 Fatheadz Eyewear Ford Fusion and I really appreciate all of their efforts.

“I continue to learn throughout the race, but ultimately need to improve and be more comfortable on restarts and the close quarters in traffic

“Thanks again to everyone who helped make my first day in a stock car happen and hoping for another chance someday to get this team the type of finish they deserve.”

 Next Up: Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway on Fri. July 24, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. (ET.) live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

Derek Griffith earns career-best ARCA Menards Series finish in Kentucky Speedway debut

Kentucky Speedway | General Tire 150 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: 13th

Finish: Seventh (100 | 100 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I was really excited to get my first opportunity to compete on a high-banked race track. The best lobster of the day for us were the last few laps where we really made some significant gains.

“I learned a lot in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion and had a decent showing. Looking forward to Kansas Speedway in a few weeks and building on our seventh-place finish.”

Next Up: Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway on Sat. July 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold.

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

Derek Griffith and Chad Bryant Racing set for Kentucky challenge

SPARTA, Ky: Attacking their third ARCA Menards Series race of the season together, Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) and rookie driver Derek Griffith hunt for a top-five finish in Saturday afternoon’s General Tire 150.

Griffith will make another debut at a track that he’s never competed at, but thankfully, the 23-year-old has plenty of experience surrounding him for his intermediate debut at the 1.5-mile speedway, but the New Hudson, N.H. native has the motivation to earn his first career ARCA Menards Series victory.

“Excited to hit the track again in our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” said Griffith. “Kentucky Speedway looks like an extremely fast and fun racetrack. Hopefully, we can keep our car balanced and be near the front when it counts the most.”

Unlike last week, where the series’ resumed to a traditional schedule of practice, qualifying and the race – the ARCA Menards Series shifts back into COVID-19 protocol mode – where the series’ will have a limited practice session – no qualifying and then shift directly into race mode.

While the schedule is relatively quick, the on-track time is something for a rookie driver like Griffith craves. However, he is making the most of the scenario and has spent the week studying – whether it is reviewing previous races, studying pictures or picking up the telephone and communicating.

All things considered, Griffith is ready for the 100-lap challenge.

“I’ve been watching a lot of videos and doing a lot of studying to get ready for the race,” added Griffith. “That’s all important but nothing accounts for actual track time. Practice is going to be about getting me comfortable and getting our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion handling well and then turn all of our focus to the race.”

In his two previous ARCA races this season, Griffith delivered a career-best eighth place in his series’ debut at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last month and contended for a top-five at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 3., but power steering gremlins shuffled the team to a 12th place finish at the checkered flag.

Looking ahead to ARCA’s return to Kentucky for the first time since 2017, Griffith believes his Chad Bryant Racing team can contend for the victory.

“Chad Bryant Racing knows how to master Kentucky, so I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” added Griffith. “Luckily, Chad (Bryant), Paul (Andrews) and the rest of the team are very patient and we know that if things go the way they should – and we have a little luck on our side, we could sneak our first win of the season.”

Saturday’s race will mark the third race 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 says Griffith is doing everything he needs to do behind the wheel and hopes to continue to showcase his ability in his mile-and-a-half debut this weekend.

“Derek has done a great job in the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion,” offered Bryant. “Last weekend, we were biding our time but felt like we had a car capable of winning but didn’t have the track position and later got hit with power steering issues that stalled our finish.

“But these Chad Bryant Racing boys are ready to go and we think with Derek’s smart racer instincts we can contend for a win at Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.”

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 General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Jul. 11 with a forty-five-practice session from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 2:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern)

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