Joe Graf Jr. ready to “EAT SLEEP RACE Salem” with Chad Bryant Racing

SALEM, Ind. – Upbeat about a recent ARCA Menards Series test at Salem (Ind.) Speedway with his Chad Bryant Racing, sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) heads to the historic short track eyeing his second career series victory and an opportunity to put his season back on track in Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200.

Sitting fourth in points and within reach of second place, Graf Jr. is ready to get down to business and in the spirit of his marketing EAT SLEEP RACE – the rising star is eager to “EAT SLEEP RACE SALEM” aboard his No. 77 Ford Fusion.

“Yeah, I’m pretty hungry to go out there and have a good run on Sunday,” offered Graf who will make his third ARCA start at Salem Speedway. “We had a pretty good test. Did a lot. Learned a lot and I think we should be in good shape on Sunday afternoon.”

In his previous two starts at the half-mile bullring, Graft Jr. narrowly missed top-10 efforts with back-to-back 11th place performances in April and September respectively.

“I was frustrated with 11th – because I felt like we were so close to top-10 runs both times,” recalled Graf. “Salem isn’t a walk in the park when it comes to a particular driving style. Its relatively rough surface demands a pretty physical race where you have to get up on the wheel and drive.

“I’m prepared to get up and drive my No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion to the front and stay there. We had a decent recovery at Five Flags – with an 11th (chuckles) – but I’m ready to get our Chad Bryant Racing team back inside the top-10 where we belong.”

For the third 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.

“Super pumped to have EAT SLEEP RACE back on board this weekend at Salem,” offered Graf Jr. “We are working with them on several different projects and they have been instrumental in making our social media campaign surrounding Daytona a success.

“I’m also really happy about my own clothing through EAT SLEEP RACE and look forward to seeing that thrust as the season goes on. A lot of good things going on for me both on and off the track.”
Graf’s crew chief and car owner Chad Bryant says Salem is the perfect opportunity for the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE team to get back on the throttle and gain some momentum ahead of the summer stretch.
“Joe has always done a good job at Salem in the past – but he’s determined to take that experience and use it to the fullest potential on Sunday,” said Bryant.

“He will be one of the most experienced drivers in the field and that should play into our hands. A win on Sunday would be huge for me, Joe, the guys and EAT SLEEP RACE.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club on-board camera for his third start at Salem 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 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (200 laps | 111 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Apr. 13 with an hour and a half session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., Apr. 14 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).

Joe Graf Jr. using Daytona misfortune to bring awareness to plastic bag epidemic

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Misfortune can turn into opportunity.

And that sentiment couldn’t be truer for ARCA Menards Series driver Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.).

In his sophomore season driving for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR), Graf Jr. made his superspeedway debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway driving the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion.

While maneuvering his way towards the front of the race in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 -– a plastic bag from the grandstands found itself on the grille of Graf’s Ford Fusion which subsequently led to his race car overheating and ruining the opportunity to win his second career victory.

Instead of placing blame on the hardship, Graf Jr. has elected to raise awareness about the consequences of plastic bags and the encouragement of using reusable shopping bags.

To help with his mission, Graf and his sponsor EAT SLEEP RACE recently launched a contest where anyone can visit EATSLEEPRace.com/win to enter a chance to win $1,000 cash in a reusable shopping bag as a promise to educate and evaluate.

The team has also created a humorous video surrounding the episode at Daytona mixed of interesting facts and tidbits about the ongoing epidemic.

“It was unfortunate what we had to experience at Daytona, but this is a prime opportunity for us to turn a negative into a positive thanks to my sponsor EAT SLEEP RACE,” offered Joe Graf Jr. “Who couldn’t use $1,000 to help with their every day needs all with a vow to help spread our message. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Graf Jr. will announce the winner of the contest next month at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway where the 20-year-old returns to the 2.66-mile superspeedway after drafting into the spotlight by being a part of the closest finish in the series’ 66-year history – crossing the start-finish line in a dead heat against competitor Zane Smith.

Graf Jr. lost the race by 0.0029 seconds, a photo finish.

The winner does not need to be present to win and no purchase is necessary.
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.

Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | ARCA Pensacola 200 Race Recap

Team: No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion
Driver: Joe Graf Jr.
Follow the Team: @ChadBryantRace; @JoeGrafJr
Start: 11th
Finish: 11th; Running (198 | 200 laps completed)
Driver Points Position: Fifth

Joe Graf Jr. Quote: “Obviously, the finish wasn’t what we were hoping for in our No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE | GRIME BOSS Wipes Ford Fusion. We made some strides during the race, but with the limited number of cautions, we weren’t able to get to pit road and keep adjusting on the car to put ourselves in the top-10.

“We are a winning race team and we are winners together, so an 11th place finish is unacceptable. Our team, however, is resilient and we will bounce back at Salem Speedway next month.

“I can’t thank EAT SLEEP RACE, GRIME BOSS Wipes and all of the Chad Bryant Racing team for their continued support, it means a lot.”

Next Up: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on Sat., Apr. 14 2019.

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 its hot selling ABC book for future race car drivers.

About Grime Boss

Grime Boss is a product of Nice-Pak. Nice-Pak, founded in 1957, is the global leader in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of premium quality branded and private label pre-moistened wipes. Nice-Pak is a global company with over 2,500 associates and six plants with approximately 3MM square feet of manufacturing and distribution space in strategically located facilities around the world.

Headquartered in Orangeburg, NY, Nice-Pak has a track record of introducing innovative products that help to improve people’s health and wellness through the consumer, healthcare and professional business channels. Nice-Pak’s brands include NICE ‘N CLEAN®, GRIME BOSS®, SANI-HANDS®, PET-NAPS ® and WET-NAP®.

Visit: http://www.grimeboss.com

From the Jersey Suburbs to Greenwich Village to 2019 ARCA championship contender

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — For most of his teenage years Joe Graf Jr. grew up in Mahwah, N.J., a quick 30-minute commute to New York City. Little did he know that when he enrolled in college at New York University (NYU) last fall that his life would change dramatically.

Graf knew that an education was something he needed to continue his growth and development as a race car driver and when he selected NYU, he would replace the green lawns and suburban lifestyle of Mahwah for an edgier New York City one.

New York University is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. An area notorious for the arts, free spirit and one of the most diverse group of individuals you will ever find. Graf has always been a free spirit of sorts but NYC can take the experience to a whole new level.

“I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like when I moved into the dorm,” said Graf. “I guess my first reality check was when I walked around the neighborhood. New York moves at a super fast pace and has an unreal amount of things to do. I quickly realized that although I was in a college dormitory I was actually in the city. New York City is NYU’s campus.”

Even meeting his roommate was a new experience. “My roommate is Chinese, from China Chinese. He said his name. It was really a very long name that I had no clue how to pronounce…but he said he was telling people to call him Eric. It was kind of tough understanding him speak for the first few days, but I caught on eventually. Although we are from opposite sides of the world we really have a lot in common, especially love of sneakers and pizza.”

Living on the 22nd floor of a high-rise building was a huge change for someone used to living in a typical suburban house. One thing he didn’t have to get used to was the access to some of the best pizza shops on the planet. Just a block from his dorm is what Graf described as the best pizza place in New York City: Joe’s Pizza on 14th street.

Even Barstool’s OneBite program agrees, rating it one of the best in NYC.

“What was really interesting that there are so many people in NYC,” explained Graf. “It’s kind of like a culture shock…you see someone, and you probably will never see then again.”

College was not all about great food, Graf has maintained a very tough schedule of classes, hours of homework, traveling to races on weekends as well as living a normal life of a freshman.

Through the help of his counselor at NYU, he has classes Monday through Wednesday and then is off to race his Chad Bryant Racing Ford in the ARCA Menards Series and then back at it the next Monday.

Graf is majoring in Business, Media and Sports Management an area that he believes will be quite useful in not only his career but also after he has hung up his racing helmet for the last time.

“I really like my classes,” added Graf. I had a few classes that stood out…two economic classes, a sports management class and introduction to writing. What was really cool was that my writing professor, Professor Rzonka was from the Detroit area and grew up near a Ford plant and he liked racing and he watched a few of my races.

Dr. Brandon Brown, my sports management professor was into other sports, but I got him interested in my career as well…I guess I introduced my sport to two new race fans.”

Graf earned straight A’s in the fall semester which is quite the feat considering his hectic schedule.

So what was the toughest part of his transition to full-time student and being a professional race car driver?

“Time management was something that had not been a priority in my life until college,” grinned Graf. “It wasn’t easy scheduling everything every day, but it was an area that I worked hard on knowing that it would be a key to me handling life and being successful.”

After the last race of 2018, his total focus was on school and final exams. But now that the 2019 racing season has started he is back to his hectic workload. Graf has even landed an internship for the spring semester.

The first race of the season didn’t go as planned as a plastic grocery bag got caught on the air intake port on the front of his car and overheated the engine.

“That was really disappointing,” recalled Graf. “What are the odds of a plastic shopping bag being on the track at Daytona International Speedway. It was nuts.”

Now, he is now eager to get behind the wheel of his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford in Pensacola, Fla. on March 9.

“Although we experienced a few mechanical gremlins at Daytona we still believe that when the last checkered flag falls in Kansas we will be right there contending for the championship,” sounded Graf. “We recently tested our short track program and our confidence is at a very high level.”

Racing at nearly 200 miles per hour is a long way from kayaking with your college friends on the Hudson River…but for Joe Graf Jr. it’s just another day at the office.

It’s been quite the journey from the suburbs to the dynamic Greenwich Village in New York City. Now he hopes his journey will include more ARCA Menards Series wins – and maybe even a championship. “Imagine if I win the Championship.. I still need to be in school on Monday morning. But hey, I will be 21 by then and can celebrate with some cold beers in some of these iconic NYC bars.”

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.