Iowa Speedway | Fans with Benefits 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 12th
Finish: Ninth; Running; (149 | 150 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “It was a hot one. Still frustrated at the end of the night though. We were OK. We made some gains during the race and that helped propel us into the top-10. But I’m not happy with our performance.

“Just get the balance we need in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion that we need to take us from inside the top-10 to contending in the top-five. We should be a lot better than we are. All we can do is keep working and hope we get a finish we’re all satisfied with next weekend at Pocono.”

Next Up: FORTS USA 150 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri., July 26 live on FS1 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern).

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

Joe Graf Jr. set for Iowa Speedway return

NEWTON, Iowa: On the heels of a top-10 finish this past Saturday night at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, ARCA Menards Series regular Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) treks to Iowa Speedway with his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) team seeking his second top-five of the year in Friday night’s Fans with Benefits 150.

It wasn’t that long ago that Graf Jr. made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the 0.875-mile short track with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) where he fought for a respectable top-20 finish.

Taking the knowledge of his Xfinity Series experience, plus his recent ARCA test at the Midwest oval, Graf Jr. hopes all the dots will connect and offer an opportunity to contend for his second career win on July 19.

“Been looking forward to going back to Iowa for the last couple of weeks,” said Graf. “It’s a cool short track and without a doubt the more laps I circle around there – I feel like the better I get it.

“We really need to have a strong run on Friday night. It hasn’t been the season we had been hoping for, but we still have a bunch of races stacked on the schedule and I’m hoping we can turn some heads this season.”

For Graf Jr., the short track scene is one the recently turned 21-year-old embraces and while he expects a tough field this weekend, he’ll make no excuses to maneuver himself through the field and put his Mooresville, N.C.-based team in the heat of the battle.

“Iowa is a place with multiple grooves,” added Graf Jr. “That’s what is so fun about Iowa. It’s a place where you can run the top, middle and bottom – but you need to have a car that rotates good. Tire strategy has proven to be an indicator too.

“Four tires will often be better than two or none, but that’s just circumstances. We’ll just have to race hard for 150 laps and hope the fans will benefit in the end.”

For the 14th 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 for the 150-lap race.

“It’s been so great representing EAT SLEEP RACE this year,” added Graf Jr. “I’ve noticed a lot more talk about them, especially since they’ve been on the Xfinity car the last couple of weeks. We just launched an official Joe Graf Jr. Driver Collection line and I’m looking forward to adding items to that collection here in the next month or so.”

Getting back into the short track mindset, Graf Jr. is well aware that Friday night’s race could be decided with a little aggression that could entail a bump and run. Known as one of the more physical drivers in the series, but Graf makes no apologies for his driving style.

“It’s hard to get into Victory Lane, so you have to get up on the wheel and do what it takes,” he said. “I want to win. I thrive on winning and when you’ve had the year that I have, I make no mistake about doing what I can to put our Chad Bryant Racing team in Victory Lane. I respect my competitors but at the same time, I have a job to do.

“Sometimes being aggressive can get you in trouble, but for me, if being aggressive and sometimes even using the fenders propels our team forward, then it’s something I shouldn’t apologize for.”

Entering Iowa, Graf Jr. has 32 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 32 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 13 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with seven races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing aboard the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. He’ll compete in at least two more at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Richmond (Va.) Raceway respectively.

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 Fans with Benefits 150 (150 laps | 132 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 19 with an hour and 30-minute practice session planned from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:45 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag 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.

Joe Graf Jr. Circuit City 250 Event Preview

Event | Date: Circuit City 250 Presented by Tamron – Sunday, June 16

Venue: Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

Joe Graf Jr., No. 21 Eat Sleep Race Chevrolet Camaro

Race Notes and Quotes:

Joe Graf Jr. and the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro at Iowa Speedway …  Joe Graf Jr. is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Iowa Speedway this weekend. He has one previous ARCA Menards Series start at the track, finishing fifth there in 2018.

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 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 its hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

Meet RCR’s Latest Intern … In addition to driving for Richard Childress Racing, Graf Jr. is interning with the team’s marketing and communications staff this summer to learn the business side of the sport. The dual role will help the New York University freshman grow as a driver on both the competition and front office ends of racing.

Meet Graf … Graf Jr. is scheduled to take part in the Xfinity Series autograph session beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, June 16 under the Turn 4 grandstands.

JOE GRAF JR. QUOTE:

What are your thoughts headed to Iowa Speedway for the first time in the Xfinity Series with RCR?

“I’m looking forward to Iowa Speedway this weekend. It’s one of my favorite tracks to race since 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. I really can’t thank Richard Childress Racing and EAT SLEEP RACE enough for the opportunity.”