Cunningham inks ARCA champ Enfinger in 22 at DuQuoin; going for 3 straight on Magic Mile

Cunningham inks ARCA champ Enfinger in 22 at DuQuoin; going for 3 straight on Magic Mile

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 29, 2016) - Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Grant Enfinger will become the ninth driver in 2016 to take the reins of the team's No. 22 Ford when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards pulls into the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the 63rd running of the General Tire GRABBER-Southern Illinois 100 Sunday, September 4. 

Enfinger will be going for three straight victories at DuQuoin, having won on the "Magic Mile" in 2014 and 2015. Enfinger also won the Menards Pole presented by Ansell last year. Enfinger acknowledges that the Cunningham cars have always been his competition on the track. 

“The guys at Cunningham Motorsports have always been competitors on the track, but I definitely think there is a mutual respect there," Enfinger said. "Those guys have a lot of speed this year.“

Enfinger will be teammates with current championship leader Chase Briscoe, who has a 510-point lead headed into the final dirt track race of the season.

“The Cunningham organization has a great shot at the championship with Chad (Bryant) and Chase (Briscoe) in the No. 77. I also appreciate my bosses at GMS for letting me call in sick from my regular job with my truck team crewing duties to get in a great ride.”

In 93 ARCA starts, the Fairhope, Alabama driver has 15 wins, with 2397 laps-led overall. Enfinger has also made four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this year with GMS Racing, finishing eighth at Michigan this past weekend. In Enfinger’s lone ARCA Series start this season, he won the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 at Pocono Raceway in June.

“I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an ARCA car next week. It’s great to know that I’ll be in great equipment… because I'll be in Paul Andrews’ car.”

3rd Leg of Bill France 4 Crown going under the lights at DuQuoin
This year's General Tire GRABBER 100 at DuQuoin will be the first-ever ARCA race going under the lights on the historic mile dirt track. The race also marks the third leg of the Bill France 4 Crown championship. This year's tracks include the New Jersey Motorsports Part road course, the Lucas Oil Raceway short track, the DuQuoin dirt and Chicagoland Superspeedway.

Past Championship Stock Car Winners at DuQuoin
The past winners list of the General Tire Grabber 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, Chris Buescher and Grant Enfinger.

Raceday Schedule
Practice for the September 4 General Tire Grabber 100 is scheduled from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5:30. The 63rd General Tire Grabber 100 starts at 8:00. All times are local.

Media Coverage
The race will be tape-delayed on the American Sports Network. The race will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio race coverage. 

Comments
JB#21Fan

Glad to see a former ARCA WINNER& CHAMPION in the field. We need more of this!!!!!!

 

Darin A.

Enfinger and Cunningham...an interesting combination. Hope he wins with the 22 entry!

Christopher C.

This is going to be an awesome race! Grant vs. Kenny vs. Briscoe vs. Williams.

Hope any of those guys can win!

Mike H.

Excellent signing! I was waiting all week to sign who was going to drive the 22. Now let's see Grant get a win in a Ford this year.