Cunningham Looks for Third Road Course Win in a Row with Lee, Sargeant and Cindric

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2017) – Hoping three is the new lucky number, Cunningham Motorsports heads to Road America looking for its third road course win in a row by fielding three cars this Sunday in the Road America 100. Shane Lee, Dalton Sargeant and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric will pilot the three Cunningham cars with intentions of defending the team’s recent road course success.

 

What You Need to Know:

  • Two of the most vital keys to the race, while they may seem simple, are to stay on the track and minimize mistakes. The slightest error results in longer lap times and avoiding mistakes can put a driver that much farther ahead than their competitors.

  • Getting the most out of each corner is also critical. With a total of 14 turns, getting good acceleration off of the corners will give a driver faster speed on the long straightaways resulting in a quicker lap time.

  • Cunningham Motorsports has won the last two road course races with the No. 22 car at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2015 (Kyle Weatherman) and 2016 (Parker Kligerman).

 

Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion

  • This will be Lee’s first time out on a road course. Earlier this month he went to the Ford Performance Racing School in Utah to get accustomed to the vastly different style of racing.

  • Last time out, Lee continued to gain momentum with a fifth-place finish at the Illinois State Fair in his dirt track debut. Lee moved up to fourth in championship standings and is quickly closing in on third.

  • Lee: “I’ve never raced on a road course before so this is going to be a great learning experience. I don’t think I could have a better crew chief going into the weekend. Paul (Andrews) knows what he’s doing and he’s had proven success on road courses in the past and in recent years. This 22 team has won the past two road course races so I feel like I have the best team that I can have behind me. I’m excited to get to Road America…we’re definitely capable of running towards the top and hopefully we’ll keep getting these strong finishes.”

 

Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion

  • Sargeant is no stranger to road courses. The 19-year-old spent the majority of his young career in open-wheel racing before making the move to stock cars in 2014.

  • He is coming off of a solid race at the Illinois State Fair last weekend. Sargeant earned his 12th top-10 finish of the season with a 10th-place run in his first showing on a dirt track.

  • Sargeant: “I’m extremely excited to go to Road America. I grew up racing road courses and since I’ve moved to stock cars that’s not exactly the type of track I get to race often anymore. There’s a really strong field this weekend which is great to see and it’s going to be a challenge, but I think if we hit our marks we’ll definitely be in contention to win. We haven’t finished where I know we can these past few races, but I think we can turn it around here and hopefully get this No. 77 Big Tine Ford another win.”

 

Austin Cindric, No. 99 Menards Ford Fusion

  • Coming from a road course racing background, Cindric is pulling double-duty this weekend and will be making his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut after the ARCA race on Sunday.

  • While this will be Cindric’s first ARCA start on a road course, he has earned two wins and two poles – coming in just two starts – in NASCAR K&N Series competition (at Watkins Glen and Virginia International Raceway).

  • Cindric hasn’t been behind the wheel of an ARCA car since Lucas Oil Raceway in July. After winning the General Tire Pole Award and leading 53 laps, the No. 99 team experienced mechanical issues and ended the night with a 23rd-place finish.

  • Cindric: “It’s a really good opportunity to be able to run in the ARCA race, especially before the XFINITY race on Sunday. We feel like we have some unfinished business after the unfortunate ending to the Lucas Oil race and we want to come back and hit this one out of the park. I think the guys on the No. 99 team really want to be able to come here and get a win and I think we have a pretty good chance at it with the background that I have in road courses. Cunningham has been really strong and consistent on road courses the last few years and I don’t see why we can’t continue that trend and get them another win.”

 

The Road America 100 kicks off Friday, August 25, with an optional practice day. Saturday will contain two practice sessions starting at 8:50 a.m. followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5:10 p.m. The race is set for Sunday, August 27, at 12:15 p.m. and will air on a tape-delayed basis on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will be provided at www.arcaracing.com. All times are local (Central).

 

Lee Brings Home Top-Five, Sargeant Another Top-10 on Dirt Debuts at Springfield

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2017) – In a weekend of firsts for Cunningham Motorsports drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant, the teammates headed to the Illinois State Fair this past weekend to take on a dirt track for the first time in their careers. After driving well within the top-10 throughout the 100-lap race, Lee earned his fifth top-five finish of the season in fifth-place with Sargeant adding another top-10 to his season with a 10th-place finish in the Herr’s Potato Chips 100.

 

Results

  • Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion: Start 9th, Finish 5th

  • Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion: Start 11th, Finish 10th

 

Race Recap

  • On the second caution of the night at lap 19, Sargeant reported being tight across and center and exit. He chose to come down pit road for four fresh General Tires, Sunoco race fuel and adjustments. The restart came on lap 25 with Lee jumping up to ninth after staying out and Sargeant in 17th.

  • Another caution came on lap 28 and Sargeant came down pit road again for a few more adjustments.

  • After the lap 33 restart, Lee worked his way up to sixth with Sargeant behind in 14th.

  • Lee came in to pit for four General Tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments on lap 45 after the fourth caution of the night fell. Lee would restart 12th with Sargeant in seventh.

  • At lap 58, the red flag came out for a multi-car incident in turns three and four. When the race returned to green on lap 61, Sargeant held the seventh position with Lee right behind in ninth.

  • The final caution of the night came on lap 75 with Sargeant stopping on pit road one last time for adjustments and cooler tires.

  • Both drivers remained in the top-10 for the last 20 laps of the day with Lee ultimately finishing in fifth and Sargeant in tenth.

 

Driver Thoughts

  • Shane Lee: “I didn’t really know what to expect since it was my first time on dirt in an ARCA car, but we had a really fast No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it showed during the race. The entire team made sure the car ran smooth all day throughout the changing track conditions and I think I did a pretty good job at getting acclimated to the track and driving style. We had a really good points day…we moved up to fourth in points and aren’t too far behind third so I think if we can keep getting some of these good finishes we’ll be in pretty good shape for the rest of the season.”

 

Next up for Cunningham Motorsports is the sole road course race of the season at Road America on August 27.

Another Top-10 For Lee at Lucas Oil; Turns to Pocono Next

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2017) – After adding one more top-10 finish to the season at Lucas Oil Raceway last week, Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee now heads to Pocono Raceway looking for redemption. At a track where Lee has seen previous success, the 24-year-old returns to the Tricky Triangle with optimism and expectations after securing a ninth-place finish last Friday night to start the second half of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

 

Tackling new tracks has quickly become second nature for Lee and Lucas Oil Raceway was no different. Starting from the seventh position, Lee stayed in contention with the top-10 leaders all night, ultimately earning his sixth top-10 finish of the year in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

 

“We had a strong No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion at Lucas Oil,” said Lee. “We had tested a few days before the race so I was able to get a taste of what the track was like which definitely helped for the race. We had a good run, but we were fighting changing conditions throughout the night which ended up putting us back. Another top-10 isn’t bad, but it’s not what we hope for each race. I know we have a car that can win and I have high hopes going into Pocono that we’ll be able to finally get that win we’ve been looking for since Daytona.”

 

Lee struggled during his last appearance at the famed track back in June, but he quickly put that behind him and has high confidence for his return this Friday. Some of that confidence stems from last year’s July race where Lee battled for first throughout the race and finished in fourth.

 

“I definitely know I can have a good run at this track,” said Lee. “Last year I was able to lead a few laps and stay up front for the entire race. In the first race this year back in June, we had some misfortune and we didn’t get to really show our full capability. Pocono is one of my favorite tracks…it’s a really fun and challenging place to run. It’s so unique and you really have to be precise in each turn because they’re so different. I think I’ve been able to figure out the track having been here a few times and it should be a really good race for us.”

 

The ModSpace 150 will take place Friday, July 28, with practice running from 9:00-10:30 that morning. General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 1:00 p.m. followed by the 60-lap race starting at 4:00 live on FS1. All time are local (Eastern).

 

Be sure to check out Pocono Raceway on Snapchat (@PoconoRaceway) this Friday as Shane and Cunningham Motorsports teammate Dalton Sargeant take it over for the day. You can also keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head to www.cunninghamrace.com for more news. You can follow Shane on social media as well through Facebook and Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and Instagram (@Shane_Lee00).

With Racing, Birthdays and Baseball, Shane Lee Turns to Iowa for First Win

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2017) – From top-five finishes to birthdays and baseball games, Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has a lot to look forward to heading into the tenth race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. After earning a fourth-place finish two weeks ago, Lee is ready to take that momentum to Iowa Speedway and look for his first ARCA win in the Fans with Benefits 150 this Saturday.

 

“I’ve never been to Iowa, but I think I’ll be able to adapt pretty quick,” said Lee. “There are a lot of tracks on the schedule that I’ve never been to, but have had to get accustomed to in a short amount of time and Iowa won’t be any different. It’s a unique track and Cunningham has had success here before, so hopefully we can finally get the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win. We had a weekend off which was a good time to regroup and get everything set for the halfway point of the year.”

 

During that ‘regrouping’ time, Lee celebrated his 24th birthday on July 4 and hopes the celebration can carry over into victory lane with a win at Iowa. Lee has been a strong contender each race, stacking up four top-five finishes so far this season with his best finish coming in the premier event of the season at Daytona where he wheeled his way up to third. Turning to Iowa, Lee has never seen the 7/8-mile track, but veteran crew chief Paul Andrews doesn’t see that as a problem.

 

“I think this will be a good track for Shane,” said Andrews. “Even though it’s considered a short track, it really drives closer to what an intermediate track is like and he does really well on those. I think the way he’s going to attack the track will be strong and can get us right up with the other contenders. Shane adapts to these tracks that he’s never been to pretty fast…sometimes faster than places that he has been to because everything is new to him. We had some time in this break to tune up the car to how we want it and it should be a pretty good race.”

 

Now before the race even starts, Lee will put down the steering wheel and pick up a baseball for one night as he and teammate Dalton Sargeant will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Iowa Cubs game Friday evening. The Iowa Cubs are the Triple-A affiliate for the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.

 

“This will definitely be something to remember,” said Lee. “I grew up playing baseball and still play softball in our church league so it’s a sport that I’ve really always been a fan of and have enjoyed. I’ve never thrown out a first pitch…as long as I make it over the plate I’ll be happy. It’ll be a fun, local event to go to before the big race day Saturday.”

 

The Fans with Benefits 150 will start with practice at 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:15. Driver intros take place at 7:30 with the green flag falling for the 150-lap feature at 8:18. The race will air on a tape-delayed basis on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will be available onwww.arcaracing.com . All times are local (Central).

 

Lee Ready for Breakthrough at Madison

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 21, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has been ready for his first win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since Daytona…and now he turns to Madison International Speedway with the hopes of getting just that. After coming in 15th at Michigan, the 23-year-old driver is looking to rebound as he heads back to short tracks for the Montgomery Ward 200.

 

“We didn’t get the finish we were hoping for at Michigan, but I’m looking forward getting back on track at Madison,” said Lee. “It feels like we just keep running into bad luck, so hopefully that’ll turn around and we can finally get that first win this weekend. Cunningham always has great cars that they bring to the track every single week and I know we have the potential to win every week. We’ll put Michigan behind us and move on to Madison and hopefully get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win.”

 

Just like many other tracks on the ARCA circuit this season, Lee has never seen Madison and will rely on the expertise of veteran crew chief Paul Andrews. Andrews says he’s enjoyed working with Lee and watching the progress the young driver has made throughout the season.

 

“I think going into Madison, we’re really looking to pick up on the good run we were having at Elko before the last lap and we feel like we can have another strong run at Madison,” said Andrews. “Shane’s never been there but I think he’s going to like the track a lot and he does a good job at adapting to new places. As a team, we try to have the cars as close as we can when it gets unloaded from the hauler and we try to help him get to where he needs to be with his lines…just point him in the right direction.”

 

Currently Lee sits fourth in championship standings, with three top-five finishes and four top-10s on the year. Never falling out of the top-five this season in points, Lee hopes that with some strong finishes and good runs, he can climb right back up in the standings.

 

“Fourth-place definitely isn’t bad, but it’s not where we want to be,” said Lee. “It’s good that we’re not happy with fourth. It shows how much drive and talent this Cunningham team has and I think going into Madison we’ll take what we’ve learned at every short track race this season and get back to where we were at the beginning of the year. Everyone has seen how good this 22 car can run and how fast it really is and I’m really looking forward to get to the track this weekend.”

 

The Montgomery Ward 200 will take place Friday, June 23 and kick off with practice from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5. The 200-lap feature is set for an 8:00 p.m. start and will air live on MAVTV. All times are local (Central).

After Solid Test Day, Lee and Sargeant Ready for Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2017) – From the shortest track of the season to one of the longest, Cunningham Motorsports drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant have all eyes set to Pocono Raceway for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. The two drivers took laps around the 2.5-mile superspeedway for the first time this year during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test.

 

Last year, Lee had his best finish of the season at Pocono coming in third, and it didn’t take the 23-year-old long to get reacquainted with the track.

 

“Pocono is such a unique track,” said Lee. “To me it almost drives like a short track with obvious differences. The way you brake coming into the turns isn’t like any other superspeedway and that makes it pretty fun and different. The guys in the ship had such a quick turnaround from Elko to Pocono and they made sure I had a fast car to test in today for the race. Hopefully things will go our way and we can get the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion the victory for the first time this season.”

 

Just like his teammate, Sargeant also saw some of his best races at the famed track last season, taking third and fourth-place finishes. With one win so far this season, Sargeant and the No. 77 team are hoping to return to victory lane and gain valuable championship points come Friday.

 

“We fell behind a little more than we would have liked after Elko in the point standings, but I’m confident we’ll be able to gain some back with a few good races,” said Sargeant. “I really love coming to Pocono…there’s no other track like it and it’s such a fun place to race. With fast equipment and a good team behind me, I know we have what it takes to win. It would be pretty special to bring the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion back into victory lane again at Pocono.”

 

After an up-and-down race at Elko, Lee and Sargeant hope to get some momentum going back in their favor this weekend. Both took multiple laps during the rain-delayed test, making progress each time they hit the track.

 

“It was extremely beneficial to take some laps around the track and get used to everything again,” said Lee. “I think we picked up on things quick, made the adjustments we need to make and we’ll be strong for the race Friday. After two weeks of bad luck, I think we’re in a good spot to get back on the right track and race for this championship.”

 

Sargeant ran at the top for the entire test session, ending the day tenth fastest on the board. 

 

“We were able to learn a lot about how the car runs on this track and what we need to work on for the race Friday,” said Sargeant. “I think we made some good adjustments today and I was able to get used to the track again, which was good. We have a strong car for Friday and I think we’ll definitely be able to go out and be contenders to win this race.”

 

Race activities for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 will take place on Friday, June 9 with practice from 9:30-10:55 a.m.. General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 2:00 p.m. with the feature event slated for a 5:45 p.m. start time. The race will air live on FS1. All times are local (ET).

More Top-10s Come for Cunningham at Elko

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 5, 2017) – In a thrilling finish at Elko Speedway, Cunningham Motorsports added two more top-10 finishes to the season with drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant in the Shore Lunch 250. On the final lap, Lee got caught up in a multi-car incident that pushed him out of the top-five into seventh and propelled Sargeant forward into eighth.

 

It was an up-and-down night for both teammates as they attempted to tackle Elko Speedway for the first time. Starting from the ninth spot, Lee battled to stay in the top 10 all night. With a caution out on lap 71, Lee would come in to get right-side tires and move up to eighth after the restart. From there Lee stayed with the leaders and with 16 laps to go, he was up to fifth and poised for a strong finish. On the last lap, though, two cars in front of Lee made contact spinning one around and with nowhere to go, Lee fell straight into the pileup and dropped two spots back to finish seventh.

 

“I hate the way we finished this one,” said Lee. “It looked like we were going to end up in fifth and then we just got caught up in that last-lap incident. I’m glad that Zane (Smith) is okay…he took a really hard hit. We had a fast No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion all day that the team put together and while it didn’t end how we hoped it would have, a top-10 finish at a track I’d never been to isn’t bad. We’ll take what we learned and get better for the next one.”

 

On the other end, after starting sixth, an early strategy kept Sargeant out of pit road until late in the race. With the majority of cars pitting for tires early on, Sargeant would stay out and take the lead under caution from laps 76 to 81, but fall behind shortly after. It wasn’t until lap 193 when Sargeant spun out of turn four that he would come in to get four fresh General Tires. From there, he battled to stay in the top 10 and narrowly avoided the multi-car pileup on the final lap to give him his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

 

“It was a pretty back and forth race,” said Sargeant. “For it being my first time at Elko, I’m pretty happy with how the car ran. We went with a different pit strategy that we felt could have gotten us the win, but unfortunately the race just didn’t play in our favor. We had a fast car and I’m proud of all the guys at Cunningham for how hard they worked all day. We’ll move on to Pocono, get back on track and hopefully take the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion into victory lane.”

 

The team will head to Pocono Raceway next, where Lee and Sargeant will take part in an open test Wednesday, June 7. Race activities for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 take place on Friday, June 9 with practice from 9:30-10:55 a.m.. General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 2:00 p.m. with the feature event slated for a 5:45 p.m. start time. The race will air live on FS1. All times are local (ET).

 

Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head towww.cunninghamrace.com for more news. You can follow Shane and Dalton on social media as well. Follow Shane on Facebook and Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). Follow Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter and Instagram (@DaltonSargeant).

 

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Lee Ready to Defend Cunningham Win at Toledo

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports and the No. 22 car helped one driver get their first win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year at Toledo Speedway…and they look to do it again this year with Shane Lee. Lee, who has been edging closer and closer to his first ARCA win, has his eyes now set on Toledo and the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

 

“Every week I feel like we’ve had a car that’s been able to win races and I think it’s just a matter of time until we get there,” said Lee. “It’s clear that Cunningham always has the potential to win and knowing that the 22 car won here last year, I think we have a good shot at it this weekend. My crew chief Paul (Andrews) knows the track well and hopefully we can defend the win here and finally get the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion into victory lane.”

 

Things have been going right for Lee this season, notching three top five finishes in four races and climbing up to second in championship point standings. The 23-year-old Newton, N.C. native has never raced at Toledo, but was able to get some laps in during a test last week.

 

“The test went really well and I’m happy I was able to come out and see what the track was like and get comfortable before the race this weekend,” said Lee. “I was able to learn what lines to take going into the turns and how much grip this track has. It was a little colder when we tested than what it’ll be like when we’re racing, but I know all the guys on the team have worked really hard to get me a quick, solid race car and I think we have a lot of potential going into Toledo.”

 

Whatever knowledge Lee was not able to pick up from the test will surely be made up with having veteran crew chief Paul Andrews on the pit box. Andrews has been able to work with Lee and teach him the ins and outs of tracks he’s never been to before and was impressed with what he saw after the Toledo test.

 

“Shane’s never been there (Toledo) before and he really paid attention to what we were telling him and what other drivers like Dalton were doing,” said Andrews. “Toledo’s got a lot of grip and you have to manage your tires there, but not as much as other tracks and adapted to that really well and I think it’ll fit his driving style pretty good. Last year we had two of the best cars there…we won with one of them (22) and the other (77) led the most laps so I think it’ll be a really good place for Shane and we’re all excited to get back to Toledo this weekend.”

 

The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care is set to kick off Saturday with practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying. The 200 lap feature is slated for Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM ET and will air later that day at 5:00 PM ET on FS1.

 

Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head towww.cunninghamrace.com for more news. You can follow Shane on social media as well through Facebook and Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00).

 

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Lee Strong at Salem; Cunningham Looks Ahead to Talladega

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2017) – Shane Lee capped off a strong weekend for Cunningham Motorsports with a fourth-place finish in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. After starting in the second spot, the Newton, N.C. native played on a late race pit strategy that gave him his second top five finish this season.

 

“We had a strong day and I’m pretty happy with where we finished this race,” said Lee. “I raced the car pretty hard right off the bat and I could’ve conserved tires a little bit better, but once we came in and got four new General Tires, we really had a lot of speed and were able to get back into the top five. Overall it was a solid day…it was a good points day and we’ll take what we learned here and get ready for the next one.”

 

Lee stayed in contention throughout the day, battling lap traffic and long green flag runs to stay within the top 10. When a caution came on lap 130, the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion came in and got a new set of tires and filled up on Sunoco race fuel. Restarting on the inside line, Lee moved into the fifth position and worked his way into fourth with 10 to go.

 

“That pit stop really helped us out,” said Lee. “We were able to really get the car moving once we got fresh tires and a fourth-place finish isn’t bad. I’m happy for my teammate (Dalton Sargeant) on the win…those guys definitely deserved it. I think this entire weekend really showed once again how strong this Cunningham Motorsports team is.”

 

Lee had a strong outing at Daytona to kick off the 2017 season, taking third and giving him his best career finish in ARCA.

 

“It’s every kid’s dream to win at a place like Daytona or Talladega,” said Lee, “so hopefully this weekend I can build on this Cunningham momentum and bring the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion into victory lane. We had a great run at Daytona earlier this season so we know we have a good car and I think we’ll be in contention to win again.”

 

Teammate Dalton Sargeant didn’t have a bad run himself at the first superspeedway race this season, coming in fourth, right behind Lee.

 

“Daytona was a fun race and a great way to kick off the season,” said Sargeant. “We obviously had a great last race getting the win at Salem and hopefully we can go for two in a row this weekend. Cunningham always brings the best equipment they have and we’re always in the mentality that we can win any race we go to and Talladega is no different. We’ll have Big Tine on the No. 77 again for this race and I would love to be able to get them another win.”

 

The General Tire 200 will kick off Thursday with an all-day tech inspection. All on track activities will happen on Friday, May 5 with practice in the morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. EDT and General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The 76-lap race is set to start at 6 p.m. EDT and will air live on FS1.

Lee, Sargeant Battle Ups and Downs in the Music City

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2017) – The ARCA Racing Series opened the 2017 short track season with the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville this past weekend. The two Big Tine Ford Fusion drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant for Cunningham Motorsports drove solidly within the top 10 all night, but ultimately did not get the results they were hoping for. After qualifying third and sixth, and breaking into the top five multiple times, Sargeant and Lee took both of their Big Tine Ford Fusions to ninth (Sargeant) and 12th (Lee) place finishes.

 

Race Recap

  • First caution came out on lap 14 with Sargeant in second-place and Lee in sixth.

  • On the second caution of the night at lap 40, Lee and Sargeant both come in to pit taking two General Tires and Sunoco Racing Fuel.

  • Sargeant reports that his No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion gets a little loose on entry, but still hangs on to third around lap 75.

  • Halfway through, on lap 104, Lee and Sargeant pit under caution taking four tires and fuel.

  • Lee reports being tight in center…make track bar adjustments on lap 152 under caution.

  • With 10 laps to go, Lee moved back into the top 10 with Sargeant at P5.

  • A late-race caution ended the night with a green-white-checkered finish. Sargeant ends his night in ninth-place with teammate Lee in 12th.

 

Driver Thoughts

  • Shane Lee: “We had a really strong No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion going into the night and we battled all race to get to the top, but it just wasn’t our night. We did break into the top five which was good and we had some opportunities to get ahead, but just couldn’t capitalize on it. I think we had learned a lot throughout the race and I think we’ll be able to take that and build on it for the rest of the season. We head to Salem next and I’m confident we’ll have another shot to win one.”

 

  • Dalton Sargeant: “I’m disappointed to come away with a ninth-place finish after qualifying third. I’d had high expectations going into the race especially since I knew we had a really fast No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and the changes and adjustments we’d made on pit stops would have helped if we’d been able to get longer green flag runs. My crew chief Chad Bryant helped me a lot throughout the entire race and it was really cool to have Chase (Briscoe) spot for me and hear some of what he had to say about the track and how to handle it. Overall, we did come away in the top 10 which is good and I know we’ll take what we learned and head to Salem a little better off than we were before.”