Triple duty weekend ends on the dirt at Springfield for Joe Graf Jr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – One of the busiest weekends of Joe Graf Jr.’s 2019 racing season will conclude with Sunday afternoon’s Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds aboard Chad Bryant Racing’s No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion.

Graf Jr. will trek from Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he’ll partake in a double-dose of action in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday night – while making his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series start on Friday night in the Food City 300.

While Bristol provides an opportunity to gather laps and gain experience in the NASCAR world, once Friday night is behind the 21-year-old drive, he’ll seek his second career ARCA Menards Series win in the first of two dirt races this season.

“Yeah, it’s going to be a busy couple days, but I’m excited about that and can’t wait,” said Joe Graf Jr. “A lot of people including Chad Bryant Racing have put a lot of effort into making Bristol and Springfield possible and without everyone’s support, I know this triple-duty weekend wouldn’t be possible.”

After a two-week break from ARCA competition where Graf Jr. earned his ninth top-10 finish of the season at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, the sophomore ARCA Menards Series driver invades the Illinois State Fairgrounds hunting his second top-five finish of the year.

“It goes without saying, I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to run top-five or contend for as many wins as I would have liked to this season,” added Graf Jr. “There’s still some time for us to do that though. Chad (Bryant) wants it. I want it more; I just hope that we can have a smooth day on Sunday and give us a head start on DuQuoin in a couple weeks.”

Graf will make his third ARCA start on the dirt this weekend. Last year in his Springfield debut, he started sixth but found himself entangled in a late-race caution.

Fast forward 12 months later, Graf Jr. is hoping to take what he learned from Springfield and DuQuoin combined and lead Chad Bryant Racing to their fourth win of 2019.

“The dirt is a lot of fun,” sounded Graf Jr. “Momentum and throttle are critical for mastering places like Springfield and DuQuoin. I learned a lot about tire conservation last year too.

“The biggest obstacle is doing all you can to avoid spinning out, but I’m a lot more optimistic about Springfield than I was last year, and I hope I’m able to show that with our finish on Sunday.”

With the end of the season a little more than two months away, Graf Jr. realizes that the championship is a far stretch, but says winning is not.

“It’s a top priority to win before the end of the season,” he said. “These guys on the No. 77 team deserve it and so does EAT SLEEP RACE and all of our other partners. They have worked relentlessly this season and a win or two would be really cool.”

For the 16th 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 100-lap race.

“We just launched some really cool hats with EAT SLEEP RACE, so I encourage everyone to check them out,” sounded Graf Jr. “It’s been great to see EAT SLEEP RACE get involved as they have with the stock car side of things and with them on the Xfinity car and the ARCA car, it would be great to cap off the weekend with our strongest finish of the year.”

Entering Springfield, Graf Jr. has 34 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 15 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with five races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. has made two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing. He’ll compete in at least two more events at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug. 16) and Richmond (Va.) Raceway respectively.
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The Allen Crowe 100 presented by Lucas Oil (100 laps | 100 miles) is the 16th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sun., Aug. 18 with an hour practice session planned from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 11:00 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:40 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).


EAT SLEEP RACE ( 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

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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 ( 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.


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.”

Joe Graf Jr. Joins Richard Childress Racing’s 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Program

WELCOME, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing welcomes Joe Graf Jr. to its NASCAR Xfinity Series program, as well as its marketing and communications team. Graf Jr., who will pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro in select races this year, is a freshman at New York University. He will also learn the business side of the sport by serving as a marketing and communications intern for the team. The 20-year-old’s first race will be at Michigan International Speedway this June.

“This is an amazing opportunity that wouldn’t be possible without NYU and RCR working together,” said Joe Graf Jr. “For my internship to be with one of the most recognizable teams in NASCAR is unbelievable. To then think that I will also have the opportunity to drive the No. 21 car is really exciting.”

“I am pumped for the opportunity to learn all facets of this business,” continued Graf Jr. “From inside the cockpit to the corporate office. The quality of the RCR organization speaks for itself, especially celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. I am eager to learn, contribute and compete.”

While racing for RCR this season, Graf Jr. will also have the chance to learn the science of racing, by spending behind-the-scenes time with the competition and engineering teams. Graf Jr. will have the opportunity to attend competition meetings and debriefs, get simulator time, and assist with pit stop practice.

“We’re happy to have Joe joining us in such a unique developmental role as a driver and intern,” said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. “It’s not often that drivers get the opportunity to learn both in and out of the race car, and we hope that’s what Joe is able to do with his dual role here. It’s very helpful for drivers to understand the technical and business side of the sport, and Joe gets that. We’re confident he’s going to be successful both on and off the track for RCR.”

Graf Jr. is currently competing full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, and will balance his internship and starts with RCR with his current race schedule. During his 2018 debut season in ARCA, the Mahwah, New Jersey native secured one win, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes, including the closest finish in ARCA Series history when he placed second at Talladega Superspeedway in a statistical tie.

Prior to racing in ARCA, Graf Jr. competed in the NASCAR Modified Series and was named the Rookie of the Year at Stafford Motor Speedway. The current NYU student, who began racing in bandolero cars at age nine, also has recorded over 50 wins in the INEX Legends Car Series and multiple track championships.

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