MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2017) – With another race coming down to a two-lap shootout finale, all three Cunningham cars were once again sitting within striking distance of victory lane Friday night in the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Leading 12 laps, Dalton Sargeant steered his No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion to a team-high fourth place while teammate Shane Lee picked up valuable championship points with a fifth-place finish in the No. 22 Big Tine car. Roush Fenway development driver Ty Majeski wheeled his No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion up to sixth for his fourth top-10 finish in four races.
Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
Start: 6th / Finish: 5th
Making it through two early cautions before lap 11, Lee moved up to fourth battling a tight car.
The No. 22 team chose to come down pit road on lap 32 during the third caution of the night. With four new General Tires, Sunoco race fuel and adjustments, Lee lined up fifth for the restart.
By lap 72, Lee was back to eighth fighting a tight race car and trying to work a different line on the track to maintain position.
With a caution falling seven laps later, Lee had a chance to come down pit road for more adjustments and a new set of four General Tires.
Restarting eighth on lap 86, Lee moved up four spots before receiving minor left front fender damage from a caution that brought out a green-white-checker finish.
Lee lined up third but finished fifth with effects of the exterior damage being felt on the restart.
Lee: “We had a pretty good run at Kentucky. We were able to avoid major damage from all of the cautions and come away with a top-five finish. I thought we had a good shot at the win on that last restart but we just lost essential speed from some of the left front damage we picked up on the last caution. Overall, we had a great points day and extended the lead over fourth in driver points. With one race left it would be great to finally get that first win that we’ve been edging closer to for a few weeks and hopefully everything comes together for us at Kansas.”