Chad Bryant Racing Laying Groundworlk for Future Success

Chad Bryant Racing Laying Groundworlk for Future Success

While the Venturini Motorsports juggernaut has left most of the ARCA Menards Series teams wondering how to play catch-up in 2019, one organization has been able to give them a run for their money.

After the 2017 season ended, there was no real guarantee that this organization would still be in existence.

Long-time team owners Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham decided to step away from team ownership after the 2017 season ended. The team, fresh off finishing second with driver Dalton Sargeant at the wheel, was in jeopardy of being cast to the history books. But long-time crew chief Chad Bryant stepped in to keep the team going. Rebranded as Chad Bryant Racing, the team continued on with a new name and a very familiar look and feel.

The 2018 season was full of trials and tribulations as Bryant kept his hands on the racecars but also transitioned into part of the motorsports business that he hadn’t ever had to deal with before. Even still, the team won a race with Joe Graf, Jr. at the wheel and optimism for a brighter 2019.

Graf’s season got off to a rough start as overheating issues left him several laps down at Daytona. Despite the team’s best efforts, a collection of issues have hampered the team’s hunt for Graf’s second series victory. That bad luck has dampened the spirits of the entire organization at times.

But there has been a bright spot.

With funding available to run a second car full-time in 2019, Bryant has tabbed teenager Corey Heim to run the short tracks and, among others, four-time ARCA Midwest Tour super late model champion Ty Majeski to race on the big tracks. Veteran crew chief Paul Andrews - who served as Alan Kulwicki's crew chief on his magical 1992 Cup Series championship run - works with both drivers.

Heim’s performances have been nothing short of spectacular. He debuted with a top-five finish at Five Flags and has finished in the top-six on six occasions. In nine starts he’s earned eight top-ten finishes and his worst finish of the season is eleventh. His steady performances have propelled him to sixth in the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings, just five points behind fifth-place Bret Holmes.

As strong as Heim has been on the short tracks, Majeski has been even stronger on the big tracks. Fast cars and the occasional dose of good racing luck have propelled Majeski to three victories on the season with wins at Charlotte, Michigan, and Pocono under his belt. Majeski’s strength on superspeedways has given Chad Bryant Racing the lead in the only statistical category Venturini Motorsports isn’t leading, the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge. Bryant’s No. 22 team leads VMS’s No. 20 team by 115 points with just one big track race remaining. Majeski will be behind the wheel for the No. 22 team at Kansas, while Daytona winner Harrison Burton is scheduled to go for VMS.

Just like the tide ebbs and flows, so does the balance of performance in any given racing series. While Venturini Motorsports has shown to be the most dominant team of 2019, the groundwork has been laid for Chad Bryant Racing to be a serious challenger to that dominance going forward.