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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).

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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 returns to Chad Bryant Racing for Lebanon’s I-44 Speedway

Kris Wright returns to Chad Bryant Racing for Lebanon’s I-44 Speedway

LEBANON, Mo: ARCA Menards Series Rookie Kris Wright and Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) have paired together again for Saturday night’s Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

The sports car standout and Chad Bryant Racing led by NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews plan to bounce back from transmission problems last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway that hindered Wright the opportunity to net his first career ARCA top-10 finish.

“Looking forward to this chance and getting back into an ARCA car for a second consecutive week,” said Wright. “Of course, we didn’t have the finish we were hoping for at Gateway, but it was a situation that was out of everyone’s hands.

“We’ll go to I-44 Speedway this weekend and look for an impressive rebound.”

The good news for Wright is unlike his two prior ARCA starts at Michigan International Speedway and Gateway where he had limited amounts of track time because of the COVID-19 protocols, the event schedule is stacked this weekend with nearly an hour of practice, two laps of qualifying and 200-laps of classic short track racing.

Being a rookie driver and learning to hone his craft in a stock car, the track time is priceless for the Wexford, Pa. native.

“I’m really thankful to have as much track time as we do this weekend at I-44 Speedway,” added Wright. “In making the transition to stock cars, nothing accounts more than actual track time behind the wheel.

“Luckily for us as a team, as far as we can tell have been to 1-44 Speedway in one of these cars – so everyone will be basically on the same playing field for practice and the day. We’re going to work hard in practice to get the car balanced to where I am comfortable and hopefully have some speed.

“From there, we’ll see how qualifying goes and look for a top-10 or better for the race on Saturday night. I appreciate the hard work of Paul (Andrews), Chad (Bryant) and the rest of the No. 22 CBR guys for helping make this weekend possible.”

No stranger to working with new drivers, team owner Chad Bryant believes the 25-year-old will impress the competition soon.

“Kris is a fierce competitor,” added Bryant. “He isn’t afraid to go fast. He showed that last weekend at Gateway. I think he is transitioning well from sports cars to stock cars and it won’t be long before he is contending for wins.”

In addition to I-44 Speedway, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, 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 this weekend at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

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 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 (200 laps | 75 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat. Sept. 5, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 4:00 p.m. – 4: 45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is slated for 6:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m., televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports’ Track Pass, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

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.

Parker Chase set to make ARCA Menards Series debut at Daytona Road Course

Parker Chase, No. 22 Vertical Bridge Ford Fusion Layout

Parker Chase set to make ARCA Menards Series debut at Daytona Road Course

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that development driver Parker Chase will drive the team’s No. 22 Ford Fusion in his ARCA Menards Series debut in this Friday’s General Tire 100 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course.

Chase, 19, will look to put on a show in his series debut as the New Braunfels, Tex. native is an experienced road course veteran and hopes to display his talent of turning lefts and rights in the 29-lap event.

Veteran crew chief Paul Andrews will oversee the effort for Chase’s ARCA debut.

“I’m really excited about my ARCA debut at the Daytona Road Couse this week,” said Chase. “When this race was added to the schedule, we knew we had to put the components in place to go out there and compete.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put the program together for this race and the relentless effort from the Chad Bryant Racing team should give us great direction in the series’ debut at the Daytona Road Course.”

Chase joined the Mooresville, N.C.-based Chad Bryant Racing team earlier this summer and has competed in select Late Model Stock races in the N.C.-region where he has impressed with speed and finishes inside the top-10.

With limited practice and no qualifying for the competitors, Chase may have a familiar advantage on his competition as the teenager ran in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in the GTD Series.

He also participated in a Global Rallycross Lites event at Daytona in 2016.

While the ARCA 14-turn road course is slightly different from his experience in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Chase still hopes his two years of experience in the coveted race will prove to be an advantage.

“It’s a very short race, so you don’t have a lot of time to make your moves,” added Chase. “You really have to be on your game from Lap 1 and even though we’ll be starting mid-pack, I think we can make some quick gains on the competition and put ourselves in a position to win the race.”

The Texan also rides the momentum of success in his first IMSA podium in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series at Road America (Wisc.)

VerticalBridge, Enertech Resources, NXTLVL Marine and Tige Boats will serve as the partners on Chase’s No. 22 Ford Fusion in the 12th race of the season.

Team owner Chad Bryant is upbeat about his rookie driver opportunity to earn the team their first ARCA win of the season on Friday afternoon.

“Parker is going to climb into the No. 22 VerticalBridge | Enertech Resources Ford Fusion and leave nothing on the table,” explained Bryant. “While he is still adjusting to these heavier cars, I think he can overcome the learning curve and carry our Chad Bryant Racing team to the front.

“We’re hungry to put ourselves in contention for a win and it would be awesome to be the inaugural winner of the ARCA Daytona Road Course race.”

For more on Parker Chase, please visit parkerchase.com, like him on Facebook (Parker Chase), Instagram (@parkerchase) and follow him on Twitter (@parker_chase19).

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

The General Tire 100 (29 laps | 103 miles) is the 12th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri. Aug. 14, 2020 with an hour group practice session from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.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 (Eastern).

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.

Derek Griffith delivers another top-10 for Chad Bryant Racing at Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway | Dawn 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: 12th (Lineup by 2020 ARCA Menards Series owner points)

Finish: Eighth (100 | 100 laps completed)

Derek Griffith Quote: “I feel like we made a lot more progress with our No. 22 Original Gourmet™ Food Company Ford Fusion at Kansas.

“We cracked the top-six and made some forward momentum and a ton of learning on how to race these stock cars on the bigger tracks. I cannot thank Paul (Andrews, crew chief), Chad (Bryant, team owner) and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their efforts on making Kansas possible.

“I look forward to the next opportunity.”

 ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Menards.com 200 presented by SPxE at Toledo Speedway on Sat. July 31, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (ET.) live on MAVTV and | or NBC Sports Gold.

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.

Parker Chase joins Chad Bryant Racing driver development program

Parker Chase joins Chad Bryant Racing driver development program

MOORESVILLE, N.C.: Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that the organization has added New Braunfels, Tex. native Parker Chase to its driver development lineup effective immediately.

Chase, 19, will compete in select Late Model Stock races for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the plan to eventually progress into the ARCA Menards Series as well.

Last weekend Chase made his oval debut in two Late Model Stock races at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where he led laps and earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in the events.

To assist with his desire to expand his sports car racing based skillset, Chase will continue an aggressive testing and racing schedule with CBR this season.

“I’m excited to join Chad Bryant Racing as I make the next steps in my racing career,” said Chase. “The team has been excellent to work with and have been very supportive of me from a driver standpoint. I could see that from the first time in the shop to the track, CBR has the right pieces in place for success.”

“I think we accomplished our goals in the Late Model race at Hickory, but I’m eager to continue my learning curve and competing for top-fives and hopefully a win or two by the end of the season.”

The Texan has spent a majority of his racing career on road courses and currently competes in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.

Already a champion in professional auto racing by age 17, Chase is quickly setting the tone as a driver to watch.

In 2018, just seven years after beginning his racing career at age 10, Chase clinched the Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX ProAm Championship with co-driver Ryan Dalziel, piloting an Audi R8 GT3.

From there, he has continued a presence in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class including participating in the historic Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019 and 2020.

Currently, he competes for Bryan Herta Autosport in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR.

Team owner Chad Bryant is no stranger to working with young prospects and has been instrumental in the success of several drivers who compete in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series today, including drivers Ty Majeski and Chase Briscoe.

“Parker has a lot of potential, he showed that quickly this past weekend at Hickory,” said Bryant. “It’s going to be a learning curve as he adjusts to competing at different types of oval tracks – but his determination and eagerness to learn and perform reminds me of a number of drivers that I’ve worked with before that have gone on to have a successful career.

“I hope we can do big things with Parker and show the world his talent.”

For more on Parker Chase, please visit parkerchase.com, like him on Facebook (Parker Chase), Instagram (@parkerchase) and follow him on Twitter (@parker_chase19).

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