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).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

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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Kris Wright optimistic about Bristol Motor Speedway debut

Kris Wright optimistic about Bristol Motor Speedway debut

BRISTOL, Tenn: On the heels of his career-best finish two weeks ago at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, Kris Wright is heading to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Thursday night’s Bush’s Beans 200 realizing it will likely be his biggest ARCA Menards Series challenge yet.

Embracing a road course, a high-speed 2.0-mile track and a couple of short tracks this summer between ARCA and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Wright is quickly adding tracks to his stock car resume but when it comes to Thunder Valley, the rookie understands he’s about to tackle a whole new world.

“I’m actually excited about heading to Bristol Motor Speedway this week,” said Wright who will make his fourth career ARCA start in the No. 12 Chevrolet.

“I realize Bristol is going to be like nothing that I’ve experienced before, but I’m heading there with an open mind and a lot of confidence that I can get the job done for our partners and the Chad Bryant Racing team.”

With the ARCA Menards Series race embedded with the competitors of the ARCA Menards Series East on Thursday night, Wright will have to tackle nearly double the competition in the Bush’s Beans 200, but the sports car standout sees the extra competition as a good thing.

“The more the competition the better I feel like it can help me become a better stock car racer,” he said. “My track time is going to be limited on Thursday before the race, but I know that there is going to be several different drivers in the race that have turned laps at Bristol in the past.

“I need to use that to my advantage. In practice, I need to get behind an experienced driver and just follow and see if I can run their line. It’s also about getting our car dialed in. Without any qualifying, we’re going to be starting mid-pack and I just want to make sure the car feels good so we can get after it when the green flag waves.”

As an added benefit this week at Bristol will be the addition of a teammate for Wright at Chad Bryant Racing. Derek Griffith, the impressive short track phenom will also make his ARCA Menards Series debut at Bristol this week.

But, with Griffith’s background hailing from short tracks around the country, Wright is keen at having the opportunity to chat with his teammate about the fundamentals of not only Bristol but short track racing as a whole.

“I’ve heard a lot about Derek and look forward to racing with him on Thursday night at Bristol,” mentioned Wright. “I know he’s never been at Bristol before – but his forte his short tracks so I know there’s going to be a number of things that I can learn from him for not only Bristol but hopefully down the road too.”

In addition to Bristol, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series races at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and the season-finale at Kansas Speedway.

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. 17 at Bristol.

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 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).

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).