Joe Graf Jr. Cook Out 250 Martinsville Speedway April Event Preview

SS GreenLight Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series

Martinsville (Va.) Speedway | Cook Out 250

Fast Facts

No. 07 SS GreenLight Racing Team:

Driver: Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr)

Primary Partner(s): Responsible Gold | Bucked Up Energy | Z Grills

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Camaro

Crew Chief: Mike Tyska

Cook Out 250 Starting Position: 28th (Based on event formula)

2021 Driver Points Position: 18th | 2021 Owner Points Position: 22nd

Chassis Intel: SSGLR Chassis No. 711; competed last at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 31, 2020. (Start: 25th | Finish: 21st).

The Cook Out 250 will mark the first time SS GreenLight Racing will utilize chassis No. 711 in 2021.

Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR)

Notes of Interest:

 Welcome Aboard: This weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, SS GreenLight Racing and Joe Graf Jr. welcome new partner Responsible Gold as the primary partner of the team’s No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro at the historic 0.526-mile short track.

The Cook Out 250 will be Responsible Gold’s first foray into NASCAR and specifically the Xfinity Series.

About Responsible Gold: The purpose of Responsible Gold is to use the power of technology to solve pressing global challenges. Their mission is to make gold sustainable and globally accessible.

The Responsible Gold standards have been developed to document best practices in responsible production and sourcing. They serve as a tool to support participants in enhancing their environmental, social and governance practices and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Responsible Gold is the only scalable solution for fully traceable ethical gold.

Saving You Some Money: A new partner to Joe Graf Jr. and still excited about their debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last month at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, Z Grills is still celebrating their partnership with Graf and the team.

To celebrate the partnership, Z Grills Racing (ZGrillsRacing.com) is offering a 10 percent discount off your total purchase, using the code JoeGraf07 at checkout.

Year of the Underdogs: NFL’s Buffalo Bills running back Antonio Williams and a personal investor in Joe Graf Jr.’s racing career recently launched a video on Twitter offering an exclusive glimpse into his personal life and his reason for wanting to be a part of NASCAR – exclusively with Graf Jr.

Since its release on Feb. 25, 2021, the video has gone viral with over 136,000 views and feedback from some of the sports’ icons including retired NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and current 23XI Racing driver Darrell Wallace Jr.

The video has since been uploaded on YouTube and can be seen clicking here.

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Starts: Sophomore NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr. will make his second start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Friday, Apr. 9, 2021.

Last October, he finished a solid 21st after starting 25th and completed all 250 laps in last season’s Top Draft 250 aboard the No. 08 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet.

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Short Track Nuggets: At tracks classified as short tracks with a track length of under 1.0-mile, Graf has seven previous NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, including most recently at Martinsville last Halloween.

He holds an average starting position of 23.7 and an average result of 20.0 and has been running at the conclusion of all seven events.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Recap: In the series’ most recent race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Graf battled the handling in his No. 07 HAZHEART.com Chevrolet but fought through the adversity to claim 29th at the checkered flag.

Exiting Atlanta, Graf still sat comfortably in the top-20 in the point standings in 18th.

Last year after six races, he sat 23rd in the championship standings.

Put Me In Coach: In an effort to strengthen his physique, Joe Graf Jr. began working with new trainer and former NASCAR Cup Series Josh Wise during the offseason.

In addition to Wise, Graf has also been working with former NASCAR driver and open-wheel driver Scott Speed on being more discipline behind the wheel of his No. 07 Responsible Gold | Bucked Up Energy Chevrolet Camaro.

Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 80 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow every month.

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

He will crew chief his seventh NASCAR Xfinity Series race as crew chief on Friday night.

Tyska joined SS GreenLight Racing in January after honing his skills in all three of NASCAR’s national divisions and working for teams like Germain Racing, GMS Racing and Rick Ware Racing.

Tyska was a part of Todd Bodine’s 2006 championship season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Germain Racing.

Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has a teammate at SS GreenLight Racing. Veteran JJ Yeley will drive the No. 17 ALCOVA Mortgage Chevrolet on Friday night.

Yeley is set to make his 338th career NASCAR Xfinity Series start and second at the historic paperclip. His best Xfinity track finish occurred in the 2006 Goody’s 250 edition where he finished ninth after starting 10th driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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

For more on SS GreenLight Racing, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@SSGLR0717) and visit their website at SSGreenLight.com.

Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:

On Martinsville Speedway: “I am optimistic about returning to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. I certainly learned a lot in a short amount of time last October and we ended up with a pretty decent finish.

“The last couple of races haven’t gone as we had hoped, so Martinsville is a good place to come and try to redeem ourselves following the first break of the 2021 season.”

On Responsible Gold Partnership: “We have a unique partnership this weekend that will lead into even better things to come soon. I think our car will certainly catch some attention and hopefully, we’ll also have a good finish too.”

 On First Races Of 2021 Season: “The mentality around the team is pretty good and we’re continuing to learn. Atlanta was a disappointment, but we’re not letting our guard down. We are determined to fight hard and bounce back.

“We just need to keep making as little mistakes as possible and hope that everyone’s hard work will pay off with the finishing result on the race track.”

Race Information:

The Cook Out 250 (250 laps | 131.5 miles) is the seventh of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2021 schedule. The 40-car field will take the green flag on Fri., Apr. 9, 2021, shortly after 8:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

About SS Green Light Racing:  

As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing led by team owner and former driver Bobby Dotter has been a mainstay in the sport fielding entries in either the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001.

SS GreenLight Racing will continue with a two-car program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021.