Joe Graf Jr. making ARCA debut at Nashville with Chad Bryant Racing

Joe Graf Jr. making ARCA debut at Nashville with Chad Bryant Racing

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 28, 2018) -- Joe Graf Jr. has been looking forward to the running of the Music City 200 at the famed Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway since he first buckled into a Bandolero 10 years ago in Medina, Minn. The New Jersey resident will be making his first of six planned 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) April 7 at Nashville. The former Legends Car and SK Lite Modified standout is anxious to buckle into his Big Tine No. 77.

“I’ve worked hard to get to this point and to be able to drive for Chad Bryant Racing with Paul Andrews as my crew chief is almost surreal,” said Graf. “I have always wanted to race in ARCA and I believe that this is the next logical step in my career.”

Graf Jr. will be a freshman at NYU in the fall and is working with the prestigious New York City-based university to balance his academics with his racing career. Education has always been at the forefront of Graf’s development and his future in racing is based on getting his degree in Business, Media & Sports Management.

“I am excited to be making my ARCA debut, but I cannot wait to start my education at NYU in the fall as well," added the 2016 Stafford Motor Speedway SK Lite Rookie of the Year. “I believe that you can balance your racing career with getting a solid education. My counselor at NYU is working with me so that I can pursue my dream in a racecar while learning skills that I will have my entire life.”

CBR to Test at Nashville Friday
To get prepared for Nashville, Graf is planning to test at the historic short track Friday, March 30. CBR's 22 car is also entered for the race and expected to test.

"That's our goal…to fill the seats in the 22 and 77 at all the races," said Bryant. "We want to fill as many seats as possible and bring as many race cars to the tracks as we can.

"Joe signed up for six…Nashville, Salem, Madison, Lucas Oil Raceway, Gateway and Iowa."

Bryant led Chase Briscoe to the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national championship.