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Grant Enfinger settles for fifth after dominating day in Pensacola

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

Team: No. 77 Champion Power Equipment | Breland Homes Ford Fusion

Driver: Grant Enfinger

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Start: First

Finish: Fifth (206 | 206 laps completed; 175 laps led)

Grant Enfinger Quote: “Had a good time at Five Flags Speedway with Chad Bryant Racing. Led a lot of laps, but not the one that counted. Used the tires up a little too much at the end. Thanks, Champion Power Equipment and Breland Homes for making the race possible.”

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.

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

Chad Bryant Racing adjusts ARCA Menards Series East plans

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that the coronavirus pandemic has forced the organization to adjust its 2020 ARCA Menards Series East schedule which includes their withdraw from competition in Saturday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, CBR and newcomer Derek Griffith was slated to run the full ARCA Menards Series East schedule, but with current protocols and procedures in place, the team will now run select races in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East.

Griffith, 23 and Chad Bryant Racing embraced an outstanding performance in their series’ debut together in February at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The talented Late Model ace from the Northeast had one of the fastest cars in practice; won the pole, led a whopping 144 of the race’s 175 laps, but a late-race pit stop penalty relegated Griffith to start at the rear of the field.  With 31 laps remaining he was able to come from last to second.

Knowing the team will now forgo a championship, the team under the leadership of Paul Andrews will now focus on race wins.

“This was a difficult decision for our Chad Bryant Racing team,” said team owner Chad Bryant. “We weighed the options and without the opportunity to race and interact with fans right now, we had to adjust our plans in the best interest of Original Gourmet™ Food Company and their initiatives.

“While we’re disappointed that we’ll no longer be able to compete for an ARCA Menards Series East championship, we’re upbeat knowing that we can go to the race track each week with a young, flourishing and talented driver.”

In lieu of Toledo, CBR and Griffith will now compete in the ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 26 with the No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion.

An updated 2020 schedule for Griffith will be released in the near future.

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.

Derek Griffith looking to put a ‘licking’ on the ARCA Menards Series East competition

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that a new partnership agreement with Original Gourmet™ Food Company will propel the team into a fulltime ARCA Menards Series East schedule with driver Derek Griffith beginning with this weekend’s Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.

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 No. 2 Ford Fusion 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.

Original Gourmet™ prides themselves on the wide variety of flavors they offer because they are a great treat for everyone in the family.

“I am so blessed for this opportunity to represent Original Gourmet™ Food Company and compete for the ARCA Menards Series East championship,“ said Griffith. “This is a great chance to bring a new partner into the sport and bring a product that race fans can enjoy while watching our Chad Bryant Racing compete for the championship title.

“I’m eager to get to Five Flags this weekend and finish what we started at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

Griffith, 23, returns to Chad Bryant Racing on the heels of an outstanding performance in their series’ debut together last month at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

The talented Late Model ace from the Northeast had one of the fastest cars in practice; won the pole, led a whopping 144 of the race’s 175 laps, but a late race pit stop penalty relegated Griffith to start at the rear of the field.   With 31 laps remaining he was able to come from last to second.

This weekend, Griffith, a two-time finalist in the Kulwicki Driver Development program will look for his first career ARCA Menards Series East victory under the leadership of former NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Paul Andrews.

“It’s going to be a fun season,” added Griffith. “With the support of the Original Gourmet™ Food Company, we’ll not only have the opportunity to win races, but we will also contend for the series’ championship – something I didn’t think we’d be able to do. Hopefully with the strength of our team, we can put a ‘licking’ on the rest of the competition.”

Team owner Chad Bryant says he’s ecstatic to have Griffith apart of his team’s driver development program, and their performance at New Smyrna was just the start of things to come from the No. 2 Chad Bryant Racing team this season.

“Derek impressed a lot of people at New Smyrna and he’ll only continue to turn heads as the ARCA Menards Series East season marches on,” offered Bryant. “He is extremely talented and our performance last month is just a taste of what is to come from our No. 2 Chad Bryant Racing team.

“We’re happy to carry the Original Gourmet™ colors and look forward to celebrating with them a lot in 2020.”

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 second of eight races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East schedule. Practice is set for Sat., Mar. 14, 2020 beginning at 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. with a final forty-five-minute session scheduled for 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.. Qualifying is slated 5:00 p.m., while the race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on NBC Sports’ TrackPass on NBC Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. The event will be televised on the NBC Sports Network on Monday, Mar. 23 at 6:00 p.m. All times are local (CT).