Cunningham Motorsports 22 team secures ARCA’s 2015 Bill France Four Crown championship

Cunningham Motorsports 22 team secures ARCA’s 2015 Bill France Four Crown championship

(TOLEDO, Ohio – August 25, 2015) – Kyle Weatherman’s runner-up finish Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt in Springfield secured the Bill France Four Crown championship for his car owner Kerry Scherer and the Cunningham Motorsports 22 team.

“It’s one of the highest honors that ARCA gives,” Scherer said. “We always talk about how diverse the series is and the Bill France Four Crown is just that…nothing spells out ARCA’s diversity more. You’ve got a speedway, a road course, a short track and a dirt track…you can’t get more diverse than that. Finishes of first, first, second and fourth…that’s pretty healthy.”

Weatherman combined forces with fellow SCOTT rookie Blake Jones for the 2015 title. The combination of Weatherman and Jones proved hard to beat over the four-race championship within a championship with Weatherman’s win on the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course and Jones’s victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Add Weatherman’s runner-up run at Springfield and his fourth place finish at Winchester Speedway and the team comes away with an impressive average race finish of second overall.

“I’m extremely proud of everyone at Cunningham Motorsports,” Scherer continued. “The Bill France Four is definitely one of the boxes we wanted to check off our list. We’re having a phenomenal season…Kyle Weatherman’s leading the Calypso Short Track championship…he’s in the running for SCOTT Rookie of the Year, the Menards Pole Award…we’re in the car owner championship hunt for sure and in the driver points chase with Tom Hessert. And, if I’m not mistaken, Tom’s (Hessert) crew chief Chad Bryant is leading the Cometic Crew Chief award.”

Scherer’s 22 team indeed moved into the lead in car owner championship standings over the GMS Racing 23 team following Sunday’s race at Springfield; however, the Bill France Four Crown is officially sewed up for the season.

“One of the first things I did after the race (Springfield) was call Blake Jones and thank him for his contributions to the Bill France Four award…his win at Talladega. This has certainly been a great season for Cunningham Motorsports…one to remember. And we still have the final four (races). We’re just going to check off each award as we receive them. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

The 2015 Bill France Four Crown title marks the second for Cunningham Motorsports, having won the award in 2009 with Parker Kligerman driving.

The Bill France Four Crown award is named in honor of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. and serves to represent the intense diversity that has long-been the trademark of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Ten-time ARCA Racing Series national champion Frank Kimmel is the all-time Bill France Four Crown champion driver with seven titles, six with car owner Larry Clement (2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998), and one with ThorSport Racing in 2013.

The annual Bill France Four Crown reaches back to 1984 when the late Davey Allison was the first recipient/champion.  

Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

Comments
Don Radebaugh

They're certainly having another great season DrewP. Crew chiefs Paul Andrews and Chad Bryant and well-oiled teams contribute greatly.

DrewP

Congratulations to Cunningham Motorsports team. Every race this season they have prepared competitive cars for Tom Hessert and whomever might be driving the sister car in a race. Consitant top performance by their drivers has contributed greatly to their overall performance so far.