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Kris Wright delivers Chad Bryant Racing another top-10 finish at Memphis International Raceway

Memphis International Raceway | Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet

Driver: Kris Wright

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Start: Ninth

Finish: 10th (198 | 200 laps completed)

Kris Wright Quote: “Not a bad night, but we were looking for a little more.

“Memphis was definitely a learning experience with the tires, but the Chad Bryant Racing team worked hard on our No. 22 First National Bank | Mastertech Chevrolet throughout the day and we were able to finish with another top-10 finish.

“Look forward to climbing back in an ARCA next month at Kansas Speedway.”

ARCA Menards Series Next Up: Illinois Truck & Equipment Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State on Sun., Oct. 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) live on MAVTV and stream live on TrackPass on NBC Gold.

Kris Wright takes ARCA learning curve to Memphis

Kris Wright takes ARCA learning curve to Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn: While his ARCA Menards Series (AMS) finish last weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway may not show it, rookie Kris Wright made tremendous gains throughout the Bush’s Beans 200 that he hopes to carry over to Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway for Saturday’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

After starting 13th, Wright encountered radio issues aboard his No. 12 First National Bank Corporation Chevrolet and turning laps at Bristol in less than 17-seconds, communication was essential for the gifted Sports Car racer.

With the issue corrected, Wright returned to the race but was multiple laps down.

Even though the opportunity to contend for a career-best effort was short-lived, Wright showed immense short track improvement during the 200-lap event which included turning laps that were comparable to other ARCA drivers inside the top-10, including his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) teammate Derek Griffith.

With Bristol over, Wright and the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team trek to Memphis, where the ARCA Menards Series will make their first trip to the 0.750-mile paved oval since 2001.

And while only a handful of drivers have experience at Memphis, Wright is leaning on the experience of his Chad Bryant Racing team to help him continue to adapt to the learning curve at a race track where he will be on an equal playing field with a majority of the field.

“I really enjoyed Bristol, despite our finish,” said Wright. “But that race is behind us but the momentum from it is not. I feel like as a rookie driver I’ve made some big gains over the last month or so and I plan to continue to showcase that during Saturday’s race at Memphis.”

Unlike Bristol, the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 event weekend will offer its competitors valuable track time with both practice and General Tire pole qualifying.

The two sessions in itself will prove to be precious for Wright.

“It’s very hard for a rookie driver to jump into a race without any practice or qualifying,” added Wright. “You’re expected to learn the track, adjust your car and be competitive. But we’ve made it work to the best of our ability.

“Thankfully at Memphis this weekend that’s a scenario we are not facing. We’ll have time to dial in our No. 22 First National Bank Corporation Chevrolet during practice, make some changes and hopefully get ourselves in a strong position to start near the front and stay there.”

With a best finish of seventh at Lebanon I-44 Speedway earlier this month, Wright is hunting for his first top-five ARCA finish.

“I know we are capable of bettering our finish from I-44 Speedway,” added Wright. “This is a good team, a winning team. We just need to have a mistake free-race and making gains near the end of the race. I’d love to leave Memphis with a top-five and carry that momentum to Kansas next month.”

In addition to Memphis, Wright will drive a Chad Bryant Racing car in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series season-finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 16, 2020.

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. 26 at Memphis.

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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (200 laps | 150 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Sept. 26, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is slated for 3:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m., televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports TrackPass Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Toledo Speedway | Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion
Driver: Corey Heim
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @CoreyHeim3
Start: Sixth
Finish: 10th; Running (146 | 152 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: 10th

Corey Heim Quote: “We had a decent car today at Toledo. Struggled a good bit right through the center of the corner and the balance needed some work. We were running fifth when I noticed the motor start to give up.

“At that point forward, I had to hang on to the lead lap with no power to the motor. In the end, we ended up with a top-10.

“We definitely need to get better. No doubt about it. But I’m still proud of my Chad Bryant Racing guys for all the improvements they made over the weekend to give me a good race car.”

Next Up: General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Thurs. May 23, 2019.

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

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Joe Graf Jr. wants more than a podium finish in Toledo Speedway return

TOLEDO, Ohio – Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) is on a streak in ARCA Menards Series competition.

But like any race car driver, he’s not satisfied unless he’s winning.

He’ll get his chance when the series treks to Toledo Speedway for Sunday afternoon’s running of the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion for Mooresville, N.C.-based Chad Bryant Racing is seeking his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in his second start at the iconic half-mile oval. Amongst his championship contenders, no other driver carries an active streak as Graf Jr.

While his sophomore season of ARCA competition didn’t start off on the right foot, Graf Jr. and championship crew chief Chad Bryant have methodically been working on getting Graf’s race cars better and the veteran team feels like Toledo is the right opportunity to put themselves inside the top-five and continue their top-10 streak heading into the summer stretch.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Toledo this weekend,” said Graf Jr. who sits fourth in the championship standings after five races. “We came and tested at Toledo Speedway and by the end of the day, I was pretty happy with what we had.

“Toledo is a relatively flat race track with little banking. That fits into my style and I think I showcased that with my third-place finish last May. This weekend, we’re looking not only at the opportunity to put myself back on the podium – but a chance to get back in Victory Lane.

“That would be a huge boost for our team.”

Knowing that Toledo Speedway usually is a race that formats itself into long green flag runs, Graf said it’s important for him to work with Bryant to make sure their No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion is adjusted correctly as the race goes on.

“Believe it or not, Toledo can be a pretty weather sensitive race track,” explained Graf. “We have to be prepared for that and I think we will be. With the new procedure this weekend of not losing any spots on pit road under caution, we can focus solely on our on-track product and make sure we’re just as good when the checkered flag nears as we are on when the green flag flies.”

For the sixth 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 200-lap 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.

“We’ve done a lot when it comes to activation at the race track and on social media and it helped the bigger picture. Our plastic bag awareness campaign from Daytona was a monstrous success and we’ll look to do things like that throughout the season.”

Bryant says Toledo Speedway historically has been a good track for him from a crew chief role and is eager to work with Graf and put themselves back in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.

“Joe has worked tremendously hard over the last few weeks both in and out of the car,” offered Bryant. “At Nashville we came close to a top-five because Joe drove his guts out.

“After the test last week at Toledo, I feel like we’re in the ballpark of where we need to be with the other championship-caliber teams in ARCA and Joe can compete for a win on Sunday. It’s going to be a competitive race but I expect Joe to be in the thick of the battle and coming back to Charlotte satisfied with our Toledo weekend.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club on-board camera for his second start at Toledo Speedway. The Fast Kids Club is the designated youth division of EAT SLEEP RACE.

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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

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 eyes first career ARCA win at Toledo Speedway

TOLEDO, Ohio – For ARCA Menards Series rookie Corey Heim (@coreyheim3) the thought of winning races is a daily occurrence.

His next opportunity, in reality, steers him to Toledo Speedway site of Sunday afternoon’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

And while the Marietta, Ga. native has never been to the half-mile speedway before his private test at the iconic Northern Ohio short track last Friday, you never would know based on Heim’s finesse and lap times in preparation for his fourth career start.

Testing alongside his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) teammate Joe Graf Jr., Heim, 16, and crew chief Paul Andrews spent the majority of the day focused on race runs. All said and done, the teenage sensation is confident his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion will be a contender in the sixth ARCA race of 2019.

“We threw a couple different things at the car all day and each adjustment seemed to make it better,” said Heim on the ARCA test. “It was a long, but successful day. I think we need a little bit more qualifying speed, but other than that we are in great shape.”

Heim heads to Toledo hoping to recover from an unfortunate circumstance at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville earlier this month when his seatbelts became unlatched forcing Heim to pit under green and lose valuable laps to the leader. He returned to the race, seven laps down and finished 11th.

“Nashville was one of those freaky things,” added Heim. “It’s a bummer – because we had a decent day going. Not a good day, but we thought we were going to walk away with a top-10. Nothing we can do about what happened, we aren’t focused on the past, but instead concentrated on the future.”

Part of his future which includes running a majority of the ARCA schedule behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford, Heim says he knows he needs a stellar run at Toledo to give him some momentum towards his next race at Madison International Speedway, nearly a month from now.

“Toledo was a fun experience,” added Heim. “The track has a ton of grip and has nearly no banking which suits my driving style well. I’m really happy with our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford as well.

“Our long-run speed is definitely a strong suit and I’m confident we have one of the cars to beat for this Sunday’s race.”

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

“Toledo will be our fourth race together and we keep getting better,” said Andrews. “I thought we had better speed at Nashville than Pensacola or Salem. We tested this past Friday and I feel like we keep making significant gains on what Corey needs to win.

“Chad Bryant Racing loves going to Toledo. It’s a fast-flat half-mile track, that’s also exceptionally hard to pass. That seems to fit into Corey’s wheelhouse and (hopefully) we can get that first win. It will be a great day though when it happens Toledo or another race this season. I think we’re that close to winning.”

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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).