Thursday, Aug 18

Joe Graf Jr. | SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt Michigan International Speedway August Event Preview

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Welcome Back Joe: After stepping out of the No. 07 SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt Ford Mustang for the past two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course to attend to a personal matter, Joe Graf Jr. returns to the cockpit for his 84th career Xfinity Series start in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

 

Full of Energy: Bucked Up Energy Drink and its sister products will continue their role as the primary partner of Graf’s No. 07 Ford Mustang this weekend.

 

Michigan International Speedway is the 14th race of 2022 and 45th race overall in a multi-year, multi-race deal with the former ARCA Menards Series winner.

 

For the second time this year, the team will promote Bucked Up Energy’s Blood Raz flavor.

 

Blood Raz tastes like Inception — or literally any Chris Nolan film — you know it's brilliant, but you can't figure out why. I can tell you Blood Raz is a watermelon flavor and you'll taste sweet summer days by the barbecue.

 

Or we can say it's Raspberry and you'll recall that succulent jam you got from the nice old couple at the farmer's market.

 

Blood Raz manages to be sweet, succulent, and tart. And it's sugar-free. That's right. Zero sugars. Drink up and taste that ambiguous goodness.

 

About Bucked Up Energy: Bucked Up started in 2013 when twin brothers Ryan and Jeff Gardner started marketing a product called Deer Antler Spray. After selling thousands of bottles to GNCs nationwide, the company morphed into what is now Bucked Up, a full-fledged vitamins and supplements manufacturer.

 

The company has gone from its humble beginnings to becoming the No. 1 best-selling pre-workout brand that’s available in over 10,000 stores worldwide.

 

Plenty Of Other Bucked Up Products Available Too: Don’t forget that Bucked Up Energy now offers more than 10 quenching options, but several of their popular flavors include Rocket Pop, Gym ‘N’ Juice, Mango Tango and Pink Lemonade now include low-stim options.

 

Low-stim has the same innovative ingredients that make their OG formula so powerful for focus, mood, motivation and energy. Bucked Up made just one small change and they have been surprised by the resulting epicness.

 

Boasting a modest of 100mg of caffeine, Bucked Up Low-Stim delivers the same energy, focus, mood, motivation – while reducing the common side effects that come from too-much caffeine, jitters, sleeplessness and anxiety.

 

Thanks For Your Support: With more than 60 percent of the 2022 Xfinity Series season complete, Joe Graf Jr. and SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt would like to thank their associate marketing partners AVOID, Bass Reaper Bait Company, CoverSeal, EAT SLEEP RACE Apparel, fgrACCEL, G-Coin, Gtechniq, HazHeart, Model Electronics and ShopRite for their continued support. 

 

Catch Him On The Dial: Before Joe Graf Jr. straps into his No. 07 Bucked Up Blood Raz Energy Drink Ford Mustang on Saturday afternoon, the SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt driver will be featured on “The Frontstretch” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 with host Pat Patterson LIVE on Saturday morning, August 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Graf will also spotlight Bucked Up LFG Burn in several commercial spots during the four-hour program from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Coming Soon Races for Faces: Thinking ahead to this fall, Joe Graf Jr. is readily preparing for his involvement in this year’s myFace’s Races for Faces, an event to raise awareness for myFace, an organization that helps kids and families living with craniofacial differences.

 

In the coming weeks, Graf will announce his campaign for “Team Graf” allowing the NASCAR industry to join him in his mission to give back to the organization in their 10th anniversary.

 

After being held virtually for the past two years because of COVID-19, this year’s Races for Faces will be held in person on Sun., Sept. 18, 2022, at Pier 62 at Hudson River Park in New York City.

 

Sponsor of the Month: Ahead of their upcoming second race as the primary partner of Joe Graf Jr. in August at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Graf is spending the month of July promoting Gtechniq, a leader in automotive protective coatings products

 

In 2004, scientists at Gtechniq created a superior line of products aimed at perfecting all vehicle surfaces. And over the last 20 years, these products have been continually improved to provide a range that outshines and outlasts the competition.

 

Gtechniq’s line of surface preparation and finishing products are designed to clean, polish, and protect all automotive exteriors, in a way no traditional wax applications can match.

 

Stay tuned to Joe Graf Jr.’s social media channels for not only a behind the scenes environment with Gtechniq, but the chance to win some swag too!

 

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Michigan International Speedway Stats: Joe Graf Jr. will make his second NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the 2.0-mile oval in the New Holland 250.

 

Last summer, Graf was running in the top-10 with his No. 07 Power Weld car but was involved in a restart accident on Lap 36 that ended his Michigan International Speedway debut prematurely.

 

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Career Speedway Stats: At tracks classified as a speedway, Graf has competed in 43 NASCAR Xfinity Series races. He holds an average starting position of 26.1 and an average result of 25.9.

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Crayon 200: In Joe Graf Jr.’s most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month, Graf and the SSGLRwJL team showcased the No. 07 G-Coin Ford Mustang in the highly anticipated return to the “Magic Mile.”

 

Graf impressed right away by delivering a top-five effort in practice but started the race at the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments.

 

Throughout the race, Graf Jr. methodically worked his way through the field and captured a lead lap and noteworthy 12th-place finish. It was his best finish on a non-superspeedway this season.

 

In the Xfinity Series' most recent race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Chase Briscoe wheeled the No. 07 Production Alliance Group | Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford Mustang to a top-five finish in the Pennzoil 150.

 

Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of the Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 90 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow every month.

 

The current estimated value of his collection tops $100,000.

 

From the Pit Box: Industry veteran Joe Williams is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief.

 

He will crew chief his 86th NASCAR Xfinity Series race as crew chief on Saturday afternoon and his first at the track nestled in Brooklyn, Michigan. 

 

In his previous 85 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, he has collected one win (Auto Club Speedway | February 2022), seven top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.

 

Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has a teammate at SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt. Veteran David Starr will drive the No. 08 Special Report with Brett Baier | TicketSmarter Ford Mustang on Saturday afternoon for his 11th Xfinity start of the 2022 season.

 

Starr is set to make his 245th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start and sixth at Michigan. His best Xfinity track finish occurred in the 2017 Irish Hills 250, where he finished 21st after starting 38th for B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMM). 

 

Follow on Social Media: For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit JoeGrafRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on TikTok (@JoeGrafJr), Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).

 

For more on SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Instagram (@ssgreenlightracing) and Twitter (@SSGLR0708). 

Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
 
 

On Michigan International Speedway: “I’ve always enjoyed competing at Michigan, especially with success there in the ARCA Menards Series. I’m glad to be back behind the wheel of the No. 07 Bucked Up Blood Raz Energy Drink Ford Mustang after stepping away to handle a personal matter.

 

 

“The outreach of support from the fans and the team has been overwhelming, but I am just looking forward to climbing back behind the wheel of our SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt Ford Mustang and picking up right where we left off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

 

“Michigan is such a great place to race. It’s a bumpy race track where the speeds are incredible but it’s so huge it allows for great racing.

 

“I’d love to get ourselves another top-10 and finish what we started there in the NASCAR Xfinity Series from last summer.”  

 

On Goals For Second Half of 2022: “We made some strides during the first half of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season but there is certainly room for improvement.

 

“We have showcased a lot of speed throughout the season so far, but our second half of the year is focused on execution. If we can continue to carry that speed and follow through with the execution – we should be able to turn some heads with some strong and solid finishes.” 

Race Information:

 

The New Holland 250 (125 laps | 250 miles) is the 21st of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2022 schedule. Practice begins on Saturday, August 6 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Qualifying follows shortly after 9:35 a.m. The 38-car field will take the green flag later in the day shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on the USA Network, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (ET). 

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