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Derek Griffith set to close out ARCA Menards Series season at Kansas Speedway

Derek Griffith set to close out ARCA Menards Series season at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan: There’s a lot on the line for everyone heading to Kansas Speedway for Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation, including rookie driver Derek Griffith.

The Hudson, N.H. native is poised to make his eighth start of the 2020 season and eyes a victory in the season finale driving for Chad Bryant Racing.

Griffith, 23, also returns to Kansas Speedway hoping to better his eighth-place run at the 1.5-mile speedway in July after starting 12th.

“I am excited for Kansas Speedway this weekend for sure,” said Griffith. “Finally, a place I have laps at, and I believe that experience should be pivotal to having a good night for our Chad Bryant Racing team this weekend.”

Completing all 100 laps this summer at Kansas was crucial in the learning curve for Griffith as he seeks his second top-five finish in ARCA competition and the first on a bigger track.

“I think the biggest thing I am happy about is returning to a place where I’ve made laps. It’s been challenging at times to go to a new track with limited practice and even some no qualifying and then just go out and race.

“We’ve made it work and did a good job – but going make to a place for a second time is going to pay off for us this weekend. I’ve learned so much on these bigger tracks this year and I hope we get an opportunity to showcase that on Friday night.”

Griffith also heads to Kansas fired up.

Taking advantage of an off weekend in the ARCA Menards Series competition, Griffith and the Chad Bryant Racing team participated in the ARCA Menards Series East finale at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway this past Sunday, where Griffith contended for the win but was eliminated from contention after being spun out by an impatient driver late in the race.

“I’m still a little frustrated about Pensacola,” added Griffith. “Just because we had such a good car and our team worked hard and we were right where we needed to be and got wiped out for no reason. A lot of people worked hard, and we left there nothing to show for our efforts.

“To make up for it, I really want a good finish in our No. 22 Original Gourmet Ford Fusion. A top-three finish would really make my season come to a good end.”

This week marks the eighth ARCA Menards Series 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.

“Halloween is coming up later this month and the Original Gourmet™ Lollipops make an excellent treat – just saying,” Griffith said with a smile.

“I can’t thank Chad Bryant, Paul Andrews and the rest of the Chad Bryant Racing team for all their efforts this year. This has been a crazy year, but it’s been a lot of fun to work with them!”

In addition to Griffith, Kris Wright will drive a second-Chad Bryant Racing car in Friday night’s race aboard the No. 12 car.

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 Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20th races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group Practice begins Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m., televised live on either FOX Sports 1 or 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

Kris Wright excited for Kansas Speedway debut

Kris Wright excited for Kansas Speedway debut

KANSAS CITY, Kan: Fresh off a top-10 finish in his most recent race at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway last month, Kris Wright returns to Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) set to compete in the ARCA Menards Series season finale at Kansas Speedway in the Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation.

Wright, a talented sports car ace has spent 2020 adjusting to stock car racing competing in both the ARCA Menards Series and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and while he has enjoyed modest success on both platforms, Wright is eager to get to Kansas Speedway and contend for a top-five finish.

Wright has never been to Kansas Speedway, let alone a 1.5-mile speedway track in ARCA competition, but being a rookie driver on the tour, Wright is used to change and challenges but being surrounded by experience from top to bottom, Wright is upbeat and excited about his Midwest stop.

“I’m optimistic about Kansas Speedway this weekend,” said Wright. “I don’t have a lot of big track experience in the ARCA Menards Series but I’m ready for the challenge. “I’m appreciative of the opportunity to be racing at Kansas and it’s our goal to leave the track on Friday with a top-10 finish or better.”

Luckily for Wright, the ARCA Menards Series will have a short forty-five-minute practice which will allow Wexford, Pa. an opportunity to turn crucial laps around Kansas but also find a balance on his No. 12 First National Bank Chevrolet that he is comfortable racing with.

“I’m thankful for any track time in the year 2020,” Wright said with a chuckle. “We’ll use the 45 minutes to our advantage on Friday and then regroup and get ready for the race.”

While four of his five ARCA starts this season has come at tracks 1.25-miles or shorter in length, he did make his debut at Michigan International Speedway, a fast 2.0-mile speedway, where speeds approach 200 miles per hour.

His Michigan finish wasn’t an indicator of his performance, but the thrill of speed and his finesse on the bigger tracks is a task that Wright is eager to continue to perfect.

“I loved everything about Michigan except the finish,” Wright said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to those fast speeds and intense racing. I had a lot of fun in Michigan and I know Kansas is going to be similar territory.”

Stacking up resources, Wright will also be able to relay feedback on his car with Chad Bryant Racing teammate Derek Griffith who returns to Kansas with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team after an eighth-place finish in July.

“I enjoy racing with Derek,” added Wright. “He’s a hardcore racer like I am and I plan to talk to him after practice and see what his car is doing and bounce some ideas off each other. Hopefully, we can get both Chad Bryant Racing cars inside the top-10 on Friday night.”

In addition to Kansas, Wright 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 Oct. 16 at Kansas.

Industry veteran Donnie Richeson, a three-time ARCA Menards Series-winning crew chief will call the shots on Friday night for Wright.

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 Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20th races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group Practice begins Fri., Oct. 16, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m., televised live on either FOX Sports 1 or 2, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).