Pocono (Pa.) Raceway | FORTS USA 150 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 10th
Finish: 10th; Running; (58 | 60 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “It was an okay race for us. We had a lot of EAT SLEEP RACE and myFace guests in attendance and unfortunately we couldn’t get them the finish we were hoping for.

“No matter what we did, we just couldn’t get the balance right on our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet. We even tried to make a gamble for track position and came up a little short on fuel and put us back a couple spots where we would have probably finished.

“We’ll take this finish and move onto the next race.”

Next Up: Allen Crowe 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sun., Aug. 18 live on MAVTV at 1:30 p.m. (Central).

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. hunts top-five result at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. – Racking up his eighth top-10 finish of the ARCA Menards Series season last weekend at Iowa Speedway, sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) returns to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway eager to hunt his second top-five finish of the year in Friday afternoon’s FORTS USA 150.

Last year, Graf Jr. stormed into the spotlight with six top-five and eight top-10 finishes overall in an aggressive 19-race schedule, and while Graf has tied his season-high top-10 finishes from 2018, the 21-year-old is far from being satisfied and hopes the summer return to “The Tricky Triangle” offers the perfect opportunity to make some noise.

“Hopefully, we can have a good finish on Friday afternoon, we desperately need it,” said Graf Jr. who sits fifth in the championship standings. “We’ve been OK this year – definitely not the performances or finishes we would be ecstatic with, but everyone at Chad Bryant Racing continues to work hard knowing we’re capable of contending for race wins.”

Chad Bryant Racing put itself in the Pocono spotlight last month when it took its second win of the season and while Graf Jr. wasn’t behind the wheel then, he’s hoping to be behind the wheel on July 26 and bring the Mooresville, N.C.-team their fourth win of 2019.

“I’m ready to win, I go to the race track every weekend wanting to win,” added Graf Jr. “Pocono would be a great place to do it. To sweep the season for Chad Bryant Racing and to get my second career ARCA Menards Series win at a place where I’ll have a lot of friends and family cheering me on, that’s a big deal.

“It’s not going to be that easy though – just driving to the front and staying there. It’s a competitive field and there hasn’t been a lot of falloff between those running in the top-10. At the same time, that can be frustrating but it’s also like motivation.

“People want to see us do good, myself included. Chad (Bryant) my crew chief and team owner is determined to put our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet near the front. We just need that balance and a little bit of luck to make it all a reality.

Graf Jr. will make his fourth start at the 2.5-mile triangle. After finishing eighth in June in a Ford Fusion, Bryant is coming armed with a Chevrolet SS – the same car that Graf Jr. earned a season-high fourth-place effort at Michigan International Speedway last month.

Graf Jr. hopes for similar success too.

“It’s a good race car,” Graf Jr. mentioned. “It’s been fixed since Chicagoland and I hope we’re able to showcase that speed we had at Michigan at Pocono this weekend. I like Pocono. It’s a challenging track that drives very different in all three turns.

“Making the most of practice on Friday morning will set the tone for qualifying and the race later in the day. Plain and simple, our goal is a top-five or bust. Just thankful to have the support of everyone and my partner, EAT SLEEP RACE who have a big presence at the track on Friday too.”

For the 15th 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 Chevrolet for the 60-lap race.

“Having EAT SLEEP RACE at the race track this weekend is a huge boost for our race team,” sounded Graf Jr. “They brought a lot of attention to the first race at Pocono – and we’re determined to make a little more noise on Friday afternoon.”

Entering Pocono, Graf Jr. has 33 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 14 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with six 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 FORTS USA 150 (60 laps | 150 miles) is the 15th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 26 with an hour and 25-minute practice session planned from 9:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 1:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 4:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

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.

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. Elko (Minn.) Speedway | Menards 250 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: Sixth
Finish: Seventh; Running; (250 | 250 laps completed)
Unofficial Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf, Jr.

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “We were okay at Elko. We made some huge gains from practice to qualifying and I thought we were going to be much better in the race but couldn’t get the balance to where I needed it.

“Our finish though was a big improvement from the race where we went a couple laps down. Luckily, we were able to recover and get back in the top-10 and carry that to Iowa Speedway on Friday night

“Appreciate the hard work of everyone at Chad Bryant Racing and thanks to EAT SLEEP RACE for their continued support.”

Next Up: Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway on Fri., July 19 live on MAVTV at 8:00 p.m. (Central) | 9:00 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.