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Madison International Speedway | Shore Lunch 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 10th
Finish: Ninth; Running; (198 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Disappointed with our finish. We just missed it a little bit with the handling and I thought when we had an opportunity to get better and improve it, we had issues with another car and got a flat tire and set us back even more.

“A top-10 is OK, but our team should be running in the top-five and that’s what we’ll strive to accomplish at Gateway.”

Next Up: Day to Day Coffee 150 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sat., June 22, 2019 live on MAVTV.

For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

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

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.

Madison International Speedway | Shore Lunch 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Seventh
Finish: 10th; Running (195 | 200 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 13th

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a decent car. I put our team in a hole in qualifying, starting seventh and found it hard to get through the field. We had a really long green flag run and the car seemed to get better in the mid-portion of the race.

“Then, I was passing for sixth place and got turned into the fence. I held my ground on the inside and couldn’t do anything different. From there, it was just hanging on to what we could get.

“Unfortunate end to the night but I know my team and I are getting better every race.”

Next Up: Day to Day Coffee 150 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Sat., June 22, 2019 live on MAVTV.

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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

Busy weekend for Joe Graf Jr. starts with Madison ARCA return

MADISON, Wisc. – On the heels of his first top-five finish of the year last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team trek to Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway for some good ole’ short track racing in Friday night’s Shore Lunch 200.

Appearing to be back on track after a two-race slide at Toledo Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway respectively, Graf Jr. and his Chad Bryant led No. 77 team reach the halfway point of the 2019 season and look to put the pedal to the metal as the summer tour ramps up.

“After a few speedways, short track racing is a nice relief this weekend,” said Joe Graf Jr. who sits fifth in the championship standings after nine races. “Last weekend’s fourth-place finish was really good for our team – but we played some strategy and it worked out for us.

“We still have some work to do – and hopefully the hard work that everyone is putting in at Chad Bryant Racing will continue to be front and center Friday night at Madison.”

It’s a busy week for Graf Jr.

On the way to Madison, Graf Jr. and his Chad Bryant Racing participated in a private test at World Wide Technology Speedway (Gateway) to prepare for the upcoming ARCA race at the 1.25-mile track. And from Madison, Graf Jr. will make the nearly four-hour trip to Iowa Speedway to participate in Sunday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race for Richard Childress Racing.

“It’s another busy weekend, but at least I’ll be in the race car a lot and that’s not always a bad thing,” explained Graf who finished 12th at Madison last season. “We really need to have a good run in the ARCA car and hopefully things will go better in the NASCAR Xfinity Series side too and I can have a productive weekend all the way around.”

For the 10th 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 Ford Fusion for the 100-mile 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 how we’ve been able to get the EAT SLEEP RACE name out there in a short amount of time,” added Graf. “I’m really happy to be representing them as their brand really fits my lifestyle.

“It won’t be long before we have some new apparel available and I think everyone is really going to like it. This weekend is another chance at double-dose of exposure for them with EAT SLEEP RACE being on the Xfinity car too and I think will introduce their brand into a much broader audience being a part of NASCAR.”

As for Iowa, Graf said, “I’m looking forward to Iowa Speedway this weekend. It’s one of my favorite tracks to race, you can race top to bottom, there’s not just one groove.

I’m hoping that my past experience in an ARCA car will give me a jumpstart in the Xfinity car and we can have a productive weekend and get some redemption from my mistake in Michigan qualifying last Saturday.

“Can’t thank Richard Childress Racing and EAT SLEEP RACE enough for the opportunity.”

ARCA team owner and crew chief Chad Bryant says he is seeing calmness and focus out of his sophomore ARCA driver and he hopes his determination will lead to on-track success.

“Joe did a nice job last weekend at Michigan and that has the entire No. 77 team upbeat about Madison this weekend,” said Bryant. “When it comes to short track racing, Joe isn’t afraid to apply the pressure and use the fenders to make his way through the field.

“Madison – typically can be a track position race, so we’ll have to see how the race pans out, but I feel pretty good about the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford we’re bringing to the track this weekend. It would be awesome to get Joe back in Victory Lane.”

Entering Madison, Graf has one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10s in 28 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 more on Joe Graf Jr., please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

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

The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 14 with an hour and a 45-minute practice session from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. 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.

Corey Heim returns to Chad Bryant Racing at Madison International Speedway

MADISON, Wisc. – Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) protégé Corey Heim returns to ARCA Menards Series action for the first time in nearly a month in Friday night’s Shore Lunch 200 at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

Splitting the No. 22 Ford Fusion with Ford Performance driver Ty Majeski, in the last three ARCA races, Majeski has won twice at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and finished second last Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway after running out of fuel on the last lap of the VizCom 200.

With teenage phenom Heim back behind the wheel, Heim is eager to saddle inside his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion and continue to tally the strong results the Mooresville, N.C.-based team has endured the past three weeks.

“Going into Madison, there is definitely a sense of urgency for me to show some good results in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Heim. “I’m far from satisfied on my results in my four starts this season and I feel like I need to show that I’m better than what I’ve shown.”

While some may be satisfied with Heim’s two top-fives and three top-10s and finishing no worse than 11th in his rookie season of ARCA competition, the Marietta, Ga. native sees his Madison debut as the perfect opportunity to propel Chad Bryant Racing into Victory Lane for the third time in the last four races.

“Madison is a great place to turn my season around, considering I’ll have some friends and family there as well,” Heim added. “I’ve done a lot of studying on that race track, and it’s definitely going to be a huge challenge for me. It’s a one day show and I didn’t get any practice or testing on that track, so I need to be on my game all day long.”

Despite his apprehension of the limited track time, 17-year-old Heim believes working with crew chief Paul Andrews, they’ll be able to find the perfect balance for their race to better his 7.8 average finish in his fifth race of 2019.

“I’m very excited to be back with group,” explained Heim. “They’ve had a great month or so and its’ a lot of pressure for me to get back in the seat and keep their momentum alive – but I’m ready for the challenge and ready to help them fight for the owner’s championship.”

Andrews a former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief concurs with his young driver.

“Madison will be our fifth race together, but we are determined to keep improving,” said Andrews. “Corey has shown a lot of speed at all the race tracks this season; we just need a little luck on our side to recover from our most recent race at Toledo Speedway.

“Even though Corey has not been to Madison, I think he’ll adapt quickly, and we can find ourselves in the hunt for another win for our No. 22 team this season.”

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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

The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 14 with an hour and a 45-minute practice session from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Chad Bryant Racing taps Tom Hessert III to pinch-hit for Chase Briscoe at Lucas Oil Raceway

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – With the most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chase Briscoe committed to his program with Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, officials from Chad Bryant Racing confirmed that Tom Hessert III will drive the team’s No. 22 Nutri Chomps Ford in the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

Inclement weather forced the postponed of the Sept. 7 race to nearly a month later and with Briscoe unavailable, team owner Chad Bryant says Hessert is a perfect hit to drive the team’s second car in the Oct. 6 race.

“First, everyone at Chad Bryant Racing is incredibly proud of Chase (Briscoe) for winning the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend,” Bryant said. “We were still committed to running two cars at Lucas Oil Raceway – but with everything that’s occurred since Chase winning Charlotte and looking at the logistics we didn’t think it was fair to Chase or Nutri Chomps to ask him to pull double duty hundreds of miles apart on the same day.

“Tom is a great driver who had a lot of success when I worked at Cunningham Motorsports. He is a smart racer who knows what it takes to win, and I think he’ll make the most of this opportunity on Saturday night.”

“Chad and I talked about going and racing a couple of places this season, but he’s been focused on the 77 car and I’ve been busy selling cars,” Hessert said. “When the race at Lucas Oil got rained out, I thought ‘you know, Chase is probably going to need to be somewhere else’ and I gave Chad a call.

“He and I work really well together. We’ve stayed in touch and we’re great friends. I stopped by the shop earlier in the week to make sure all of my gear was ready to go, and everything felt just like it did before. It’s very comfortable. Like racing with your family.”

Hessert drove for CBM’s predecessor Cunningham Motorsports in 2010 and again from 2013 through 2015. Hessert made 81 of his 185 career ARCA starts in Cunningham Motorsports car with success. Team owners Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham sold the team to crew chief Bryant prior to the start of the 2018 season.

“Lucas Oil Raceway should be a lot of fun and I can’t thank everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and Nutri Chomps for the opportunity,” added Hessert.

Primary marketing partner Nutri Chomps is one of several product lines by Scott Pet Inc. Scott Pet is headquartered in Rockville, Ind. and is a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of quality pet products for over 40 years.

Throughout his storied career, Hessert has scored six wins, 55 top-five finishes, 110 top-10 finishes, and five General Tire Pole Awards. Four of Hessert’s six wins came with Cunningham Motorsports, including his first career win at Iowa Speedway in 2010.

Four of Hessert’s triumphs have come on short tracks, including the Iowa victory and three more at the historic Salem Speedway. His most recent victory came on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 2016. The Cherry Hill, N.J. driver finished fourth at Daytona earlier this season, his only other start of 2018 driving for another organization.

Chad Bryant Racing will also field an entry for its flagship car, the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Joe Graf Jr. in the penultimate short track race of the season.

The Shore Lunch 200 (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Oct. 6 with an hour and a half session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag that night shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on ARCARacing.com with a to-be-announced air date on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also offer live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please follow them on Twitter @ChadBryantRace.