Ole friend Phoenix Construction returns to Daytona for Sargeant's debut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb.  13, 2017) - This year's Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire from Daytona International Speedway will carry a long list of firsts for 2016 SCOTT Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant. 

For starters, the race marks the first time that the 18-year-old Boca Raton, Fla. driver will compete at the famous superspeedway. Sargeant will also make his debut with Cunningham Motorsports and crew chief Chad Bryant.

If Sargeant is the new man in the mix, there are at least some old familiar players coming back to the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway with the return of Phoenix Construction and Billy Ballew Motorsports as sponsors on the No. 77 Ford. Each has visited victory lane at Daytona.

"The No. 77 Phoenix Construction-Billy Ballew Ford Fusion looks great and I couldn't be more excited to make my first start with Cunningham Motorsports," said Sargeant.

"To have the opportunity to race a car with Phoenix Construction on the hood is really cool. James Finch and Billy Ballew had some great drivers in their cars throughout the years so it's an honor to include my name on that list. There's a Florida connection with these group of guys and we're all looking forward to a bit of a homecoming at Daytona this weekend. Hopefully with all of us being from the sunshine state it will bring us some luck." 

James Finch and Billy Ballew individually have an extensive history in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series. Between the two, they have achieved a total of 44 wins in Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series and ARCA competition as team owners. The Phoneix Construction car won the 1997 Daytona ARCA 200 with Andy Hillenburg in the seat. Phoenix Construction has its headquarters in Lynn Haven, Fla., while Billy Ballew Motorsports operates car dealerships, one in Daytona Beach and the other in Blairsville, Ga. 

Looking toward the weekend, Sargeant's excitement for the race is clear. 

"I feel like we've put together an exceptional group of people on this team and I'm excited for Daytona," Sargeant said.

"We've got a great car and a plan on how to attack the entire weekend. Chad Bryant and the entire team have put in a lot of work since they took the checkered flag at Kansas last season and that showed with how we tested at Daytona a few weeks back. Taking what we learned from that test I think we have a good chance at taking the No. 77 Phoenix Construction-Billy Ballew Ford Fusion back to victory lane." 

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire is live on FS1 Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activity Thursday through Saturday.

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