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Making his only scheduled ARCA Menards Series (ARCA) start of the season, Brandon Lynn, 24, will take the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) No.20 Carolina Excavation - TORK Toyota in Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

No stranger to Talladega’s high speeds and intimidating reputation, Lynn has made three of his ten-career ARCA starts on Dega’s high-banks. Finishing seventh in last year’s event, Lynn rejoins VMS for another shot at earning his first series victory. The New York native driver has posted four top-10 ARCA finishes.

He nearly won at Talladega in 2017 but fell victim to fuel mileage in an overtime thriller. Leading on the final lap in regulation, Lynn's hopes emptied as he ran out of gas after a late race caution forced overtime. 

“Racing at Talladega can be a real crap shoot, so we’re going to do our best to stay out of trouble and be there at the end,” said Lynn. “We’d really like to give the 20 car wins at both Daytona and Talladega this season.”

Taking over the reins of the same car Harrison Burton drove to victory lane in the season opener at Daytona, Lynn is hoping to change his fortunes by reuniting with a VMS team which has swept the first three races of the ARCA season.

“The Venturini’s have a great record of success in the ARCA Menards Series. It gives me a lot of confidence to go back to Talladega and have their commitment and experience behind me.”

Lynn will join VMS teammates Michael Self and Christian Eckes on Friday in search of delivering the team its first ever ARCA Menards Series win at Talladega. 

VMS has recorded 55 ARCA wins since Bill Venturini captured his first at Spartan Speedway in 1985. Venturini still holds ARCA's all-time qualifying speed record at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 205.432 mph set in 1987.

The 57th ARCA Menards Series event at Talladega Superspeedway, the General Tire 200, is scheduled for Friday, April 26, the opening event of the track's 50thAnniversary season. Practice is scheduled for that morning at 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT. The General Tire 200 will go green shortly after 6 pm ET/5 pm CT and will be televised live on FS1.  

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The last time Grant Quinlan and Rette Jones Racing (RJR) left a race track together, they celebrated a career-best third place ARCA Menards Series finish for Quinlan in the season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Two months later, the band is back together again for Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with the hope to duplicate the team’s performance in their second start of 2019.

Poised for his third career ARCA start, Quinlan will make his series’ debut at Talladega’s 2.66-mile superspeedway and while the track characteristics differ from Daytona, the fundamentals of restrictor plate racing remain similar and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team hopes the strategy will again play into their hands in the fourth race of the season.

“I’ve been looking forward to Talladega since the day after our finish at Daytona,” said Quinlan. “We started deep in the field at Daytona – but just raced our race and when it came to time to execute, we had a shot.

“Looking back, I wish I could have done some things differently. It might have helped – it might not, but as a race car driver – you’re always wanting to improve and wanting more hoping to get that opportunity to get to Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can get it done on Friday for all these guys at Rette Jones Racing.”

Quinlan, a native of Maidstone, Ontario Canada has made 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts with RJR and while the 20-year-old delivered the veteran team their best K&N finish of second at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2015, Quinlan would like to deliver RJR their first career ARCA win – which would surpass co-team owner Terry Jones’ career-best ARCA finish of second last February at Daytona.

“Terry (Jones) and Mark (Rette) have given me plenty of opportunities and I’m appreciative of that,” added Quinlan. “They have given me the chance to drive some good equipment. Sure, we haven’t always had the best results, but we’ve given it everything we’ve can and most of the time, our efforts have paid off.

“Talladega could be one of those races where everything goes right or the complete opposite. We’ll see where we qualify and then just plan to strategize from there. Mark will be on the box and that will be huge. I don’t have any other races planned at this point right now, so taking advantage of Talladega is pivotal to me.”

2009 ARCA championship crew chief Rette says he was impressed with Quinlan’s ability on a restrictor plate track and feels he can easily showcase his potential again.

“We’ve been working on the car since Daytona looking for the opportunity to make the car better,” offered Rette. “I think we’ve made some good tweaks and hopefully it provides the chance to qualify up front and Grant can stay there.

“Timing will be crucial on Friday, as well as patience. If Grant can find the right drafting partners and stay out of trouble, we should have a good finish. Depending on how the cautions fall, he’ll only be on pit road once or twice, so we’ll do our job and then leave the rest up to him on the track.

“Looking forward to getting back to the ARCA track without a lot of pressure and going for the win.”

Jones Demolition & Abatement, International Tool and Mold and Priestly Demolition Inc. join Ford Performance, JRI Shocks, Huntilar Corp. and Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems as associate marketing partners for the final superspeedway race of 2019.

In addition to ARCA and K&N, Quinlan is also a veteran of the ARCA | CRA Late Model Series.

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 26 with an hour and twenty-five-minute session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:35 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.

Quinlan also tweets. Follow him @GQuinlan28.

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Andrew Jordan is the next top driver in the line-up for the inaugural 2019 season of the TitansRX Rallycross Series.

 

The Brit first started racing in rallycross, when he entered the Ford Rally Academy in 2003 and enjoyed immediate impact winning the Winter Junior Rallycross Championship and the BTRDA Junior Rallycross Championship the following season.

 

In 2006, Jordan was the youngest ever race winner in the British Rallycross Supercar class and came championship runner-up a year later. Parallel to his touring car endeavours, where he crowned himself British Touring Car Champion in 2013, Jordan has always continued to race in rallycross. In 2014, he returned to the sport and has competed in several FIA World Rallycross Championship events since.

 

For the 2019 season, the 29-year-old will join the brand-new TitansRX Europe Series. "We have known Andrew for some time and are very happy to welcome him on board. He is a highly skilled and exciting driver," series promoter Max J. Pucher said.

 

"Having started my career in Rallycross, I have always loved the sport and re-joined whenever possible. Competing in World series events most recently, I managed to meet Max (Pucher) who signed me for several races over the last two years. I really enjoyed working with them and hearing about his plans moving forward and seeing how ambitious he was, I straight away wanted to be involved”, Jordan was all smiles.

 

The level of drivers that will be competing from many different areas of motorsport is fantastic and I can’t wait to test myself against these great drivers", he added.

 

The TitansRX Championship will take off on June 29/30 in Dreux, France.

Marco Andretti, U.S. Concrete and Andretti Autosport unveiled the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb machine that the third-generation driver will pilot for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The day-glow red car closely resembles the 1969 race-winning livery of Mario Andretti, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his memorable Indianapolis 500 victory.

“I’m really happy we were able to pull this off, it’s a really cool way to honor Mario’s 50th anniversary,” said Marco Andretti, driver of the No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda. “The color will be hard to miss on track and the car looks great. We’re all very thankful that U.S. Concrete was on board to run the livery and make this year’s car as special as possible. We can’t wait to have a shot at bringing this car to victory lane on May 26.”

The retro paint scheme highlights Dallas-based concrete company, U.S. Concrete as primary sponsor and features the black number block to identify the car number, along with the historical logo of Firestone Tires. In addition, the initials “FB” have been placed near the front suspension just as they were on the original 1969 livery, representing Frank Boeninghaus who provided the engine for Andretti’s 53rd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race win.

“Marco Andretti is not only a great ambassador for IndyCar racing but for our safety and hiring initiatives as well. His excitement to honor his grandfather continues to show how dedicated he is to honoring his family’s legacy,” said U.S. Concrete Chairman and CEO, Bill Sandbrook. “We knew that partnering with the Andretti Autosport team was the best vehicle for us to successfully deliver our sponsorship objectives and this tribute is a shining example of what the entire Andretti family means to auto racing.”
“I was full of pride when I learned that my son Michael was paying tribute to me this way,” said racing legend Mario Andretti. “The effort his team is going through to present this commemorative car is flattering.  Thank you to the team for that effort and also for acknowledging my part in Indy 500 history. I am honored to have Marco carry the design from my 1969 car.  I hope this winning paint scheme will be a good omen for him and that he’ll get his first 500 victory.  When I see the car, it will definitely be an opportunity for reflection.  It’s humbling.  It is a tremendous compliment to me that this team would look back at my victory and find it worthy of recognition."

 

The No. 98 throwback race car will first see the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday for the NTT IndyCar Series Open Test. Practice for the 200-lap race begins Tuesday, May 14, with a seven-hour practice session each day until two-day qualifying begins Saturday, May 18. The field of 33 will be set on Sunday, May 19, and the green flag will wave for the 103rd Running on Sunday, May 26. 

Tickets can be purchased for the Indianapolis 500 by visiting tickets.ims.com. Each practice session will be available to stream with the INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. Saturday qualifying will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with Sunday qualifying and race day coverage on NBC.  

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its torrid start to the season, as the FTR750 secured its second podium sweep of the season at the Texas Half-Mile. Back-to-back reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees collected his first win of the 2019 season, while Wrecking Crew teammate Briar Bauman finished second, and Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

 

Mees and Bauman separated themselves from the field almost immediately at the start of the race. The two teammates spent the majority of the race jockeying for position atop the leaderboard. After a series of lead changes throughout the early stages, Mees managed to create some separation from Bauman in lap 22 and did not relinquish his lead again. With his first victory of the season, Mees was able to move himself up to third on the championship leaderboard.

 

“We are thrilled to see Jared get his first win of the season and make up some ground to stay near the top of the leaderboard,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “If this race was any indication, this is going to be an exciting season to watch Jared and Briar push each other to new heights the rest of the year.”

                                

Mees’ victory snaps a seven-race winless streak and moves him into second on the all-time win list for Half-Miles. For Bauman, the second-place finish continues a strong start to the season that has seen him reach the podium in all three races, including a victory at the Daytona TT. His impressive start has him atop the leaderboard with 62 points followed by Robinson and Mees with 53 and 47 points respectively. Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman currently finds himself in eleventh with 24 total points.

 

The season continues on April 27 with Arizona Super TT in Chandler, Arizona. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing today announced that Harley-Davidson, one of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands has agreed to a multi-year sponsorship of the team. The sponsorship reflects Harley-Davidson’s commitment and excitement to lead in the rapidly evolving EV mobility space, and enthusiasm to share evocative and new electric-powered performance experiences with a growing global audience.
 
Envision Virgin Racing is one of the founding and most successful teams in Formula E – the world’s first fully-electric racing series and one of the fastest growing motorsports. During its time in the championship, the team has notched up more than 700 points, an impressive eight wins and 23 podiums, and recently became the first team to have recorded victories in all five seasons to date. This coming weekend, the team embarks on its next race in Paris where it is currently lying second in the teams’ championship.
 
In Fall 2019, Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, will be available for sale. It is the first of a broad portfolio of electric vehicles from the company; and is proof positive of Harley-Davidson’s stated commitment to lead in the electrification of motorcycling by offering a full range of e-two-wheelers for the youngest of riders, all the way to the rider who is looking for a premium, high-performance EV motorcycle experience.
 
Marc McAllister, Vice President Product Consumer Portfolio Management, Harley-Davidson, said:
“Electric vehicles are at the cutting edge of future mobility conversations globally, and that future is happening now. We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Envision Virgin Racing, one of the leading proponents of Formula E – the highest form of e-propulsion motorsport. The team’s passion, professionalism and commitment to the thrill of electric vehicles matches our own and it’s going to be an incredibly exciting time working with them.”
 
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of Envision Virgin Racing, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming such an iconic brand like Harley-Davidson into our portfolio of partners. Like us, Harley-Davidson shares our passion for developing cutting edge technology and sustainable mobility, and between us we can now help showcase that on two and four wheels.”
 
He added: “Harley-Davidson is also the fourth major partnership for the team in the past 12 months following the announcement of Stanley Black & Decker at the Paris E-Prix last year, Audi Sport in the Autumn and Genpact in December.”
 
For more information on Envision Virgin Racing visit www.EnvisionVirginRacing.com, or for further details on Harley-Davidson, visit www.Harley-Davidson.com.
 

The 2019 European Rallycross Series created by MJP Promotions has been renamed from GRC Europe to TitansRX Europe in accordance with FIA requirements. It will focus on the PanteraRX6 Supercars developed by MJP Racing – Motorsport legend Ari Vatanen becomes series ambassador.

 

Step forward from GRC to focus on Titans Supercar Category

According to its motto “BE LOUD - BE WILD - BE REAL”, the TitansRX Europe Series will produce driver-focused, action-packed Rallycross sport covered live by Eurosport. “The past few months have been both challenging and exciting. Now all pieces have fallen into place and we have received FIA International Series status for TitansRX,", Max J. Pucher, CEO of MJP Promotions, said. The Austrian is delighted "about the high interest in our Titans category by world class race drivers and their sponsors. The performance of the PanteraRX6 Supercar has convinced drivers since its world premiere last October. It shows that controlling cost for exciting Rallycross Supercar racing works." TitansRX will excite the fans with 500bhp plus Rallycross cars in dynamic sprint races in stadium-like settings providing the best in racing entertainment! The originally planned FIA Supercar class will be replaced by local support races for a more exciting weekend experience for spectators.

 

Vatanen joins as TitansRX ambassador

Motorsport legend Ari Vatanen is a massive fan of Rallycross, “because it combines all the positive elements of rally, circuit and even drag racing: explosive starts with cars performing like our former Group B cars, competing in short races in stadium-like settings and thrilling the fans.” The former World Rally Champion and four-time Dakar winner thinks “the efforts of Max (Pucher) and his team to create a more driver-focused Rallycross series which is affordable are inspiring. The lower-cost Pantera design and the improvements to the race format are exactly what Rallycross needs now and it will bring new drivers and sponsors to the sport.” Hence, Vatanen chose to become a series ambassador. “Max and me quickly realised that we share the same vision of a type of motorsport that is truly a step forward for drivers, sponsors and spectators through shared emotional experiences."

 

Race calendar and live-coverage by Eurosport confirmed

MJP Promotions has also confirmed the TitansRX 2019 race calendar containing classic tracks like Dreux, Lydden Hill, Estering, Nyirad and Montalegre. The MJP Racing Arena Fuglau in Austria has been upgraded to international Rallycross level. Categories including SuperNationals, S1600, Crosscarts, and RetroRX will run as support series in several locations. MJP Promotions produces full TV coverage of all TitansRX races with live in-car cameras and a studio stage for driver interaction. See all action in a 30-minute recap of Saturday’s racing on Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings, and a one-hour LIVE broadcast of Sunday’s finals on Eurosport 1 or 2. On the following Tuesday, a 25-minute TitansRX Bulletin will round off the weekend. “Rallycross has always been highly popular amongst our viewers, so we are thrilled to showcase every race from the TitansRX Europe Series across all Eurosport platforms, including on-demand to watch anytime, anywhere on the Eurosport Player,” Sebastian Tiffert, Director Global Motorsport Production at Eurosport, said.

 

About TitansRX Europe:

TitansRX is a Rallycross Series focusing on the excitement of drivers and fans participating in one of the most competitive and fastest growing motorsports. TitansRX will hold twelve races on six double header weekends in six different countries. The innovative one-design PanteraRX6 car will provide a level grid, emphasising driving skill. The new regulations will create more exciting and closer racing. The TV production will put drivers to the foreground and capture the most energetic and emotional moments on and off the track.

 

Titans RX 2019 Race Calendar

Official Test    MAY 4-5          AUSTRIA         MJP ARENA

Rds 1 & 2         JUN 29-30      FRANCE          DREUX

Rds 3 & 4         JUL 27-28        UK                   LYDDEN HILL

Rds 5 & 6         AUG 10-11        PORTUGAL     MONTALEGRE

Rds 7 & 8         SEP 7-8           AUSTRIA         MJP ARENA

Rds 9 & 10       OCT 5-6          HUNGARY       NYIRAD

Grand Finale   OCT 19-20       GERMANY      BUXTEHUDE

 

Current Titans RX Driver Line-Up 2019 Season

Alex Wurz - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Winner (wildcard)

Toomas Heikkinnen - FIA World Rallycross Championship, 2014 runner-up, GRC Champion 2011

Reinhold Sampl - Austrian Rally Champion M1 Class

Timmy Hansen - FIA World Rallycross Championship, 2015 runner-up

Kevin Hansen- FIA World Rallycross Championship, 2015 Lites Cup Champion

Hayden Paddon -FIA World Rally Championship, race winner

Stephane Sarrazine - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Series Champion

Lukacs "CsuCsu" Kornel - FIA World Rallycross Championship & World Rally Championship starter

Andreas Steffen - FIA World Rallycross Championship starter (wildcard)

Andrew Jordan - FIA World Rallycross Championship starter, 2013 BTCC Champion

In a V-Twin powered showcase of American craftsmanship, Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Zac Brown Collective announced today the reveal of a one-of-a-kind Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. The custom motorcycle, modified by the innovative team of artists, fabricators, and engineers at Zac Brown Collective, will be raffled with all proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, the non-profit passion project of Zac Brown, frontman for multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. During summer, Camp Southern Ground hosts campers for week-long, inclusion based, residential camps. The remainder of the year, the camp provides programs supporting veterans and military families.

 

Born from the imaginations of talented artisans, and crafted by hand, the Zac Brown Collective Indian Chieftain Dark Horse features a host of one-of-a-kind modifications, including custom 21” front and 16” rear wheels and custom paint incorporating charcoal flake and 24kt gold leaf with a satin clear coat finish. Additionally, the motorcycle features custom seat and saddle bag liners made with one-off fabric, zircon gold plated engine components, and the Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 116 cubic-inch Stage 3 Big Bore kit, which delivers 15 percent more torque and 20 percent more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

 

“Zac Brown Collective embodies American craftmanship much like we do at Indian Motorcycle. Their unique custom creations reflect our passion for craftsmanship of the highest order in terms of both artistry and functionality,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re proud to be partnering with Zac Brown for this great cause benefiting Camp Southern Ground and excited to showcase this piece of custom motorcycle art.”

                                                                                                                                  

Zac Brown Collective’s in-house custom design company works with wood, metal and leather to design everything from custom cars, motorcycles, and trucks to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, and more. The team is comprised of skilled carpenters, artists and engineers who use state-of-the-art technology to design and build unique creations. The air brush artists and impressive paint booth provides the opportunity for custom paint designs, like the one seen in the custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse.

 

“It’s incredible to be partnering with a brand as iconic and historic as Indian Motorcycle – a group of people that are clearly as passionate about craftsmanship as we are,” said Zac Brown, founder of Zac Brown Collective. “The custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is an example that craftsmanship is more than merely a labor of love, but truly an art form. We’re thrilled to channel the power of this incredible motorcycle to benefit Camp Southern Ground.”

 

Camp Southern Ground serves children ages 7-17, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races and religions for week-long residential camps with activities that challenge, educate, and inspire campers. As an inclusive camp, the non-profit organization brings together typically developing children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning and attention issues such as ADHD, and Dyslexia, and social or emotional challenges. The organization also supports and includes underserved youth and children of military families, which comprises a vital part of their camper population.

 

For updates on the raffle of the custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Zac Brown Collective, visit ZacBrown.com. To learn more or to donate to Camp Southern Ground, visit CampSouthernGround.org.

More than 20 U.S. Air Force recruits were on hand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Conor Daly joined U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Commander Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt to unveil the No. 25 Indianapolis 500 livery. Paying tribute to fighter jets throughout America’s Air Force history, Daly’s Indy 500 colors display the iconic shark teeth war paint often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightening. 

“We’ve based the Indy 500 livery off of such a recognizable Air Force paint scheme and a tradition that spans 75 years now – stemming from the 75th anniversary of World War II and honoring our heritage,” said Major Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “It’s meant to be a representation of how we’ve grown from our Air Corp days and WWII and all the way up to now. We’re working to honor and recognize the transition of technology from an American Volunteer Group and the P-40 Warhawk, in transition to the 23rd Fighter Group at Moody Air Force Base with the iconic A-10 and on to our fifth-generation fighters. We think the No. 25 car looks great and is a proper tribute to that history. We are looking forward to Conor getting out on track and officially entering the month of May.”  

“Last year the fans loved our iconic thunderbird livery and I have a feeling they will appreciate this one just as much, if not more,” said Daly. “The aggressive look we’ve got going this year is fantastic. Paying tribute to the history of the fighter jet is an incredible honor and I can’t wait to finally get behind the wheel.” 

Daly will take the Indy 500’s green flag on Sunday, May 26, along with Indianapolis 500 teammates Alexander Rossi (2016 Indy 500 Champion, No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014 Indy 500 Champion, No. 28 DHL Honda), Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda).   

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open Wednesday for the NTT IndyCar Series Oval Open Test -- the first opportunity for teams to take to the 2.5-mile oval -- with live stream via IndyCar.com. Live TV broadcast of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 is set for 11 a.m. ET on NBC with radio coverage provided by SiriusXM (Sirius 214, XM 209 and on the SiriusXM app).   

Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr) returns to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200 trenched in the headlines of the ARCA Menards Series annual return to the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Last year, Graf and Zane Smith were involved in the closest finish in the 67 years of ARCA competition history which left the world wondering which driver won.

The margin was so narrow it was a statistical dead heat, the margin of victory on the computerized scoring monitors showing 0.000 seconds. Only a video replay and the photo finish camera were able to determine Graf finished second by a matter of millimeters.

Having to settle for second in a gut-wrenching finish left Graf having to wait 12 months before an opportunity at redemption aboard his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion.

“I’m excited to get back to Talladega this weekend,” said Graf. “Obviously, everyone knows how close the finish was and I still think I won, but we can’t dwell on last year, there’s a race to be won on Friday afternoon and I want to win it.”

A sophomore on the ARCA Menard Series tour and on the heels of his first top-10 finish of 2019 two weeks ago at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Graf heads into the final restrictor plate race of the season fourth in the championship standings and an opportunity to make some gains on the championship lead in his third superspeedway start.

“Restrictor plate racing is very methodical,” added Graf. “It’s not exhausting physically – but mentally it can wear you out. A lot happens in a hurry and you have to be on your game every lap for about two hours.

“Luckily, I have a good spotter and a good crew chief, and I think we can go to Talladega this weekend and start showing everyone that we have the potential to be championship material.”

For the fourth 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 76-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.

Talladega will showcase the end of EAT SLEEP RACE’s two-month campaign to promote plastic bag awareness after a grocery plastic bag landed on the front of Graf’s race car in the season-opening race at Daytona in February.

The plastic bag ended up overheating the race car forcing an unscheduled pit stop for the team and dashed any opportunity to win the race. Since then, ESR has invested a $1,000 cash into the campaign hoping to educate the public. Entries can still be received at EATSLEEPRACE.com/win until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

“EAT SLEEP RACE has really put a lot of effort into our wheelhouse and I’m excited to have them onboard for their Talladega debut,” 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.

“We’re doing a lot behind the scenes and already launched a Joe Graf Jr – Talladega shirt that is available online. 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 Talladega is the perfect opportunity for the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE team to get redemption and gain more momentum ahead of the summer stretch.

“Talladega was heartbreaking last year but has definitely given us something to shoot for this year,” added Bryant. “If we can shake the mechanical gremlins and avoid any debris – particularly plastic bags – we should be in good shape this week.

“Joe knows what he needs to do when it comes to restrictor plate racing. From a team aspect, we just need to do our job on pit road and hope that when push comes to shove we’re in a position to be exactly where we were last year but just be on the other side of the outcome.

“A win would benefit us all.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club on-board camera for his second start at Talladega Superspeedway. 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 General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 26 with an hour and twenty-five-minute session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:35 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

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After sitting out the first portion of the season to focus on his education, Cole Glasson is ready to get back in a race car.
 
The 18-year-old, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Liberty University, will make his second ARCA Menards Series start on May 23 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway driving for Win-Tron Racing. His race car will carry support from Sparrow Ranch on the Island and AM Technical Solutions.
 
“I’ve been busy focusing on my education, but I’m excited to get back in a race car to compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May,” said Glasson. “With summer coming up I knew I wanted to get back to racing, so I can’t thank Kevin Cywinski and Win-Tron Racing enough for having me back for another race.”
 
Glasson made his ARCA Menards Series debut last year driving for Win-Tron Racing in the season finale at Kansas Speedway. He raced in the top-10 throughout the evening and was in the top-five late in the race when he ran through some fluid on the track and bounced off the wall.
 
Despite the damage, Glasson managed to pilot his No. 33 Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish in his first ARCA start. He’ll look to improve upon that finish on May 23 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the General Tire 150. In preparation, Glasson is scheduled to take part in the ARCA Menards Series open test at Charlotte on May 7.
 
“We had such a fast car last year at Kansas,” added Glasson. “We should have finished in the top-five, but that contact with the wall late in the race cost us. I know Win-Tron Racing is capable of preparing incredible race cars and I have no doubt I’ll be able to do that again when we get to Charlotte.”
 
Between now and his second ARCA start Glasson is going to remain busy. He still has a few weeks left of school before summer vacation starts. Once he’s out of school for the summer he’ll rejoin Lee Faulk Racing and Development - the same team that he has raced Late Models for in years past - for a test before he competes at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 11.
 
“I’ve really missed being in a race car,” Glasson said. “On top of getting to run the ARCA race at Charlotte I also plan to run a few races with LFR in a Late Model when my schedule allows.
 
“Hopefully I’ll be able to add a few more ARCA races to my schedule this summer, but for now we’re going to focus on Charlotte.”
 
Win-Tron Racing team owner Kevin Cywinski is excited to have Glasson back on the team after his strong debut last fall at Kansas.
 
“Cole did an incredible job in his first ARCA race with us last year, so I’m thrilled to welcome him back for another race at Charlotte in May,” offered Cywinski. “We’ll get him up to speed during the open test in a few weeks and based on his effort at Kansas, we’re confident he’ll be competitive again at Charlotte. He’s a smart young man, so we know he’ll do a great job.”
 
The ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 will be held May 23 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. EST.
 
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