Chad Bryant Racing

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Chad Bryant Racing
Chad Bryant Racing logo.png
Owner(s)Chad Bryant
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesARCA Menards Series
ARCA Menards Series West
ManufacturerFord
Opened2018
Closed2020 still operating as a late model team
Career
DebutARCA Menards Series:
2018 Lucas Oil 200 (Daytona)
ARCA Menards Series West:
2019 Arizona Lottery 100 (Phoenix)
Race victoriesTotal: 4
ARCA Menards Series: 4

Chad Bryant Racing was an American professional stock car racing team that competed in the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series West.

History[edit]

2018[edit]

Graf standing next to his No. 77 car at Madison in 2018.

The team was formed on January 9, 2018[1] by ARCA crew chief Chad Bryant, who purchased the assets of the team he had been working for in the series, Cunningham Motorsports, which was being sold by its retiring owner Briggs Cunningham, who was age 85 at the time. His co-owner, 68-year-old Kerry Scherer, also decided to step away from team ownership and did not continue with the team after it was sold to Bryant.

The team was nearly the same as it was in 2017 before the change in ownership, as Bryant retained all personnel who remained with the team. However, since Cunningham's 2017 drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant both moved up to the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series, in 2018, Bryant needed new drivers for the team's No. 22 and No. 77 cars.

Bo LeMastus signed with the team to run at Daytona in the No. 77, and rookie Joe Graf Jr. joined CBR for what was initially set to be a part-time schedule starting at the second race of the season at Nashville. However, the team later decided to keep him on for the rest of the season. Due to lack of sponsorship and focusing on the transition in ownership, the team did not field the No. 22 at Daytona and they let Fast Track Racing use their owner points to field an additional entry at that race for Ed Pompa. Tyler Dippel drove the No. 22 at Nashville and Josh Berry at Salem. Due to a lack of sponsorship, the team withdrew from Talladega and only ran part-time for the remainder of the season. Dippel made another start in the car at Charlotte and Tom Hessert, who formerly drove the No. 77 full-time for their predecessor Cunningham team, ran at IRP as a replacement for Chase Briscoe. Briscoe was scheduled to be in the No. 22 for that race, but could not compete after the race was postponed to a month later due to rain, and the new race date conflicted with his Xfinity schedule.[2]

Graf and Chad Finchum had driven for the team at ARCA's Daytona test in January. Finchum did not end up running any races with the team, and was in the car then to get approval to run at the track in his full-time Xfinity Series ride with MBM Motorsports.[3]

Graf would go on to finish eighth in points in his first full-season in ARCA (minus one race), picking up one win at Berlin Raceway on August 25, 2018. He almost scored his first win at Talladega earlier that year, but lost to the No. 41 MDM Motorsports Toyota driven by Zane Smith in a photo finish at the line.

2019[edit]

Corey Heim was one of three drivers of the No. 22 for the team in 2019.

In their second season as a team, Graf returned to the CBR No. 77 car full-time. The team was able to run the No. 22 car full-time again. That car would have a rotation of drivers during the season, with Connor Hall starting the season at Daytona with sponsorship from Marlow Yachts. Following that, CARS Super Late Model Tour driver Corey Heim began his slate of races in the No. 22. The team signed him in October 2018 to run the short track races.[4] Crew chief Paul Andrews switched teams from Graf's No. 77 to the No. 22 for 2019, with Graf now having team owner Bryant as his crew chief. In the remaining races where Heim was not eligible to run, Ty Majeski — a Ford development driver who had previously competed for Roush Fenway Racing's NASCAR Xfinity Series team, which closed down after 2018, drove the team's No. 22 in six races.[5] He returned to ARCA for the first time in two years, and doing so this time in an effort to rebuild his career after losing his ride. In dominant fashion, Majeski finished in the top five in every single one of his starts, which included three wins, which came at Charlotte, Pocono and Chicago. In his other three races, he finished once in second at Michigan, third at Kansas and fourth at Nashville. His very strong performances led him to secure a full-time ride in 2020 in the Truck Series driving the No. 45 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports, meaning he would leave Ford and CBR. Before he signed this deal, he ran one race for them in 2019 at Phoenix.

In addition, Chad Bryant Racing made their debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (which was soon to be renamed the ARCA Menards Series West), fielding two cars in the series' season-finale at Phoenix in preparation for when ARCA would visit the track for the first time in 2020. Majeski was entered in the No. 2[6] and Heim in the No. 22. It was both drivers' debuts in the West Series.

Car No. 14 results[edit]

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2019 Connor Hall 7 Ford DAY FIF SLM TAL NSH TOL CLT POC
16
MCH MAD GTW CHI ELK IOW POC ISF DSF SLM IRP KAN
2022 Chase Briscoe 14 DAY PHO TAL KAN TOL CLT MOH POC ELK BLN IOW WIN GLN
23
MCH ISF MLW DSF BRI SLM KAN


Car No. 22 results[edit]

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2018 Tyler Dippel 22 Ford DAY NSH
6
TAL TOL CLT
25
POC MCH MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK POC ISF BLN DSF SLM KAN
Josh Berry SLM
4
Tom Hessert III IRP
9
2019 Connor Hall DAY
11
Corey Heim FIF
5
SLM
5
NSV
11
TOL
10
MAD
10
GTW
4
IOW
5
POC
6
ELK
4
ISF
7
DSF
3
SLM
3
IRP
4
Ty Majeski TAL
4
CLT
1
POC
1
MCH
2
CHI
1*
KAN
3
2020 Connor Hall DAY
20
Christian McGhee PHO
12
Brandon Lynn TAL
15
Derek Griffith POC
8
IRP
12
KEN
7
KAN
8
TOL
7
TOL
5
MCH TOL BRI
9
WIN ISF KAN
3
Kody Swanson IOW
8
Parker Chase DAY
10
Kris Wright Chevy GTW
18
L44
7
MEM
10

Car No. 77 results[edit]

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2018 Bo LeMastus 77 Ford DAY
31
Joe Graf Jr. NSH
16
SLM
11
TAL
2
TOL
3
CLT
18
POC
7
MCH
5
MAD
12
GTW
8
CHI
13
IOW
5
ELK
3
POC
26
ISF
16
BLN
1
DSF
11
SLM
11
IRP
13
KAN
21
2019 DAY
21
FIF
11
SLM
9
TAL
10
NSH
6
TOL
17
CLT
12
POC
8
MAD
9
GTW
11
CHI
11
ELK
7
IOW
9
ISF
10
DSF
11
SLM
6
IRP
10
KAN
9
Chevy MCH
4
POC
10
2020 Jacob Heafner Ford DAY
27
PHO TAL POC IRP KEN IOW KAN TOL TOL MCH DAY GTW L44 TOL BRI WIN MEM ISF KAN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boarman, John (January 9, 2018). "Chad Bryant buys ARCA's Cunningham Motorsports". tireball.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Chad Bryant Racing taps Tom Hessert III to pinch-hit for Chase Briscoe at Lucas Oil Raceway". Chad Bryant Racing. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Radebaugh, Don (January 8, 2018). "Chad Bryant purchases assets of Cunningham Motorsports; LeMastus in at Daytona". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Krall, Charles (October 26, 2018). "Corey Heim Teams with Chad Bryant Racing for 2019 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Title". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Krall, Charles (March 22, 2019). "ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Ty Majeski to Make Five ARCA Menards Series Starts with Chad Bryant Racing". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Segal, Davey (November 7, 2019). "Ty Majeski Making NASCAR K&N Pro West Debut at ISM for Chad Bryant Racing". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2019.

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