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Joe Graf Jr.; EAT SLEEP RACE focused on Chicagoland Speedway return

JOLIET, Ill. – Continuing to grind through a seven-week consecutive ARCA Menards Series stretch at Chicagoland Speedway, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing team head to Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway focused on another top-five finish in Thursday night’s Bounty 150.

This past weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Graf led his second laps of the 2019 season, and while a late race gamble on fuel turned dry in the closing laps, the No. 77 team led by championship crew chief Chad Bryant is still upbeat heading to the Windy City.

“We feel pretty good despite our 11th place finish at Gateway,” said Graf. “I think as a team we executed a lot on Saturday, but we took a gamble and it just didn’t pan out. That’s racing sometimes. I’m eager to get to Chicago and end this stretch of ARCA racing on a positive note.”

20-year-old Graf will make his second start at Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval. Last June, he finished a respectable 13th after starting 14th in just his second intermediate track of his career.

“I’ve learned a lot since last year,” added Graf. “Just about how to handle these cars, move them around the air by myself or around other cars, you are always learning. We’ve shown that our Chad Bryant Racing cars have speed on the bigger tracks this year, I’m hoping to earn our second top-five of the year on Thursday night.”

For the 11th straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Chevrolet for the 150-mile race.

Bryant has elected to bring the same race car that Graf finished fourth earlier this month at Michigan International Speedway. Showcasing speed throughout his second trip to the Irish Hills, Graf is hoping for the same type of performance from his race car this week.

“We had a lot of speed at Michigan,” Graf mentioned. “We worked on the handling throughout the race – but I think we made some major strides. Hopefully, we can unload with the same type of speed in practice on Thursday and carry to the end of the race.”

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

“I’m really proud of the effort from everyone to help put EAT SLEEP RACE’s name out there on a weekly basis,” he added. “We’ve got some stuff up our sleeve for the rest of the year and can’t wait for all that to be unveiled soon.”

Bryant explains that while the No. 77 team finish at Gateway didn’t reflect their performance, it was a relatively good boost to the second half of the 2019 season.

“I’m proud of Joe,” Bryant said. “He wheeled that car at Gateway and was up front for a lot of that race. While we didn’t have the finish we had hoped, there’s a lot of good vibe around our team right now and I hope we can capitalize on that at Chicagoland.”

Entering Chicago, Graf Jr. has one win, seven top-five and 14 top-10s in 30 career ARCA Menards Series starts in two seasons of competition. A fourth-place qualifying effort at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May 2018 is his best time trials effort to date.

For the 12th race of the season, Graf will carry the in-car camera myFace logos for his second start at Chicagoland Speedway. myFace is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with craniofacial conditions.

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The Bounty 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs. June 27 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

About EAT SLEEP RACE:

EAT SLEEP RACE (eatsleeprace.com) is a racing lifestyle apparel company based out of New Jersey.  Since 2001 the brand has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies.  As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

The company has expanded to now offer a dedicated children’s product line of apparel and accessories branded as the Fast Kids Club with it’s hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

Ty Majeski; Chad Bryant Racing seek third ARCA win of 2019 at Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, Ill. – Returning to the seat of the No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion for his scheduled penultimate ARCA Menards Series race of the season, Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) seeks his third win of the season in his fifth start in Thursday night’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway.

Majeski returns to the No. 22 Ford team led by veteran and NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews on the heels of his CBR teammate Corey Heim delivering his career-best fourth place finish this past weekend at Word Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

With momentum beside him, Majeski turns to the Windy City and looks to continue to impress in his limited ARCA return which carries an average finishing position of 2.0.

“I feel really good about heading into Chicago,” said Majeski. “I feel like it is my best 1.5 mile track. It has a ton of character and you’re able to move around and find speed.

“We went for it in my last ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway and were just a corner short of our third win of the year. I think we can go to Chicago this weekend and look to finish what we started there.”

To stay fresh in the seat, Majeski took advantage of his off weekends in ARCA and competed in several Late Model events in the Midwest with similar results.

“Had a good couple of off weekends,” added Majeski. “We raced our Super Late Model three times and came home with two seconds and a win. It’s awesome to have a great opportunity to jump in competitive cars when I have a hole in my schedule. I love Super Late Models and I’ll always come back and run them when I can.”

Majeski enters Chicagoland Speedway with plenty of experience on his side at the 1.5-mile intermediate race track. In his two previous ARCA outings, Majeski has earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2016 and 2017 respectively – finishing a track best seventh after starting second in 2017 for car owner Briggs Cunningham.

“I have plenty of experience at Chicagoland I’m all hoping that will pay off for us this week,” added Majeski who sits 17th in the championship standings despite only competing in four races.

“Of course the track will have aged a little bit from the last time I’ve been there and the weather conditions will be different racing in the summer compared to the fall, but I know Paul (Andrews, crew chief) is going to bring a good car to the track and it will be up to me to capitalize on it.”

Following Chicagoland, Majeski isn’t scheduled to return to the No. 22 Ford until the season finale at Kansas Speedway in October. Majeski hopes an opportunity will present itself to race more in ARCA with CBR this season, but if not, it’s been a whirlwind season.

“When we started this program together, we all hoped it would go like this,” sounded Majeski. “It’s been a great few races and I think we’ve made the most of them. We still have two more we want to win!

“I think we have proved we are a force to be reckoned with each and every race we enter. We find a way to be in contention to win even if we don’t have the fastest car. That’s just a testament to Paul Andrews and the entire No. 22 team. I can’t wait for Thursday night.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who returns to the No. 22 Ford Fusion in two weeks for the Menards 250 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on July 13, 2019.

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The Bounty 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs. June 27 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

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Ty Majeski Looking for Third ARCA Menards Series Win of 2019 in Thursday’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland

It’s not too often that a professional athlete has a resurgence before their 25th birthday. After a difficult 2018 season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, that’s exactly what’s happening in 2019 for Ty Majeski.

Majeski is still two months away from his 25th birthday and he’s already four-time champion in the ARCA Midwest Tour for super late models. He started 2019 without a full-time ride in NASCAR after the team he drove a partial season for last year ceased operations, leaving him with nothing but his late model ride for the season.

A deal was reached for Majeski to take the reins of Chad Bryant Racing’s second car for six ARCA Menards Series races starting at Talladega, with races at Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, Chicago, and Kansas also on the schedule. Majeski has all but erased the memories of a tough 2018 with four impressive races, finishing fourth at Talladega, winning both Charlotte and Pocono, and finishing second at Michigan after running out of fuel while leading off turn four coming to the checkered flag.

While some observers may have written Majeski off after a tough season last year, he never gave up on himself and he believe his results this season can reopen some doors that may have otherwise have been closed.

“It’s been a great season so far and I’m incredibly thankful to Chad (Bryant) and Paul (Andrews) for the opportunity,” said Majeski. “We went into the season with a couple of goals – wanting to win a race and we’ve won two so far.

“For me, it’s been very positive to have a lot of success and build confidence and I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 22 Crestliner Ford Fusion this week at Chicago.”

With the previous success this season, that also gives Majeski high hopes for Thursday’s Bounty 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t think we have a good chance to win the race,” he said. “Paul and the guys have been working hard on the car and I like Chicago. We just need to go to Chicago and do what we’ve been doing and that’s been executing.”

Majeski, from Seymour, Wisconsin, will also have the chance to race in front of a lot of friends, family, and fans that may have been able to see him win a lot of those ARCA Midwest Tour races but didn’t get a chance to see him when he was racing in the XFINITY Series last season. While he’d like to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd, that doesn’t necessarily increase the pressure on him.

“It’s always a great feeling to have a lot of support at the race track and I’ve had that in 2019. My family and friends have been at both races I’ve won this year and obviously with this race being pretty close to Wisconsin – I’ll have a lot of support on Thursday night and that means a lot to me.”

The Midwest racing scene that Majeski has come through to get to this point has developed many of the top names in stock car racing history. Wisconsin has produced drivers like Dick Trickle and Alan Kulwicki, both of whom had tremendous success on the short tracks and went on to bigger things in NASCAR. Majeski has the opportunity not only to follow in Kulwicki’s footsteps as a driver, but he’s also working directly with Paul Andrews, who was Kulwicki’s crew chief when he won the NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1992.

“The chemistry between myself and Paul is very strong and that has made us very successful this season. His experience and knowledge is through the roof and we communicate very well. He believes in what I’m telling about the race car – so the changes he makes allows us to get faster and contender for wins.

“Right now, I’ve only got Chicagoland and Kansas left in the No. 22 car – so I want to go out there and see if we can’t get two more wins this season – because without Paul I know I wouldn’t be in Victory Lane.”

Practice at Chicagoland Speedway is set for 1 pm ET/12 noon CT, with General Tire Pole Qualifying set for 5:35 pm ET/4:35 pm CT. The Bounty 150 will take the green flag shortly after 8 pm ET/7 pm CT and will be televised live flag-to-flag on FS1. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New members can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted tickets are available at nearly 75 Chicagoland-area Menards locations for just $10. For more information, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.