MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) – With three races left in the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Cunningham Motorsports heads to Chicagoland Speedway with three drivers aiming to keep the team in victory lane. In one of the most competitive fields this season, Shane Lee, Dalton Sargeant and Ty Majeski all go to Chicago ready to defend Cunningham’s 2016 win and add their name to the list of winners of the SCOTT 150.
What You Need to Know:
Chicagoland is a track that has a lot of bumps and rough asphalt that drivers need to be able to manage. There’s a lot of character and different qualities with Chicago and it may take a driver some time to handle how the car runs on the track.
There’s going to be a daytime practice, but a nighttime race so teams need to figure out how the car is going to handle at night versus during the day when all laps will be made before the green flag.
Pit strategy could win or lose the race. Throughout the race, teams will have to make the call on track position versus tire wear and figure out which one is more important when making decisions on pit stops.
Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
After qualifying third and running with the leaders throughout the race, Lee finished ninth at Salem Speedway last weekend.
Lee has experience at Chicago, winning the General Tire Pole Award and leading laps during last year’s SCOTT 150.
Lee has seen a momentum swing lately, earning two top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and leading 48 laps in the last five races.
Lee: “I think this 22 team has a lot of confidence going into Chicago tomorrow. We’ve had a few really strong races lately and the last few tracks we go to this season are places I know I can run well. There’s a lot of different aspects to Chicago that you have to face throughout the race, one of the biggest being the track surface. It’s a bumpy place and there’s really no way to get around that so you have to figure out the best places to run. I sat on the pole last season so I have pretty high hopes for this race and hopefully we can keep the momentum going our way and get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion its first win of the season.”
Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion
For the second time this season, Sargeant will have Performance Plus Motor Oil as the primary sponsor of the No. 77 car. In Performance Plus’s first race with Sargeant back in July, he came away with a dominating win at Iowa Speedway.
Last year at Chicago, Sargeant earned a top-five finish in the SCOTT 150.
Sargeant comes off a successful run at Salem Speedway last weekend fighting for the win and ultimately finishing third.
Sargeant: “I’m very excited for Chicagoland, especially having Performance Plus with us again. We had a great first run with Performance Plus when we won at Iowa and I have high expectations for this race as well. Cunningham is obviously strong at Chicago…Chase (Briscoe) won last year in the 77 car so I’ve been getting some tips from him lately. We’re coming off of a third-place finish so hopefully we can turn that into a win and go two-for-two with the No. 77 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion.”
Ty Majeski, No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion
Majeski makes his return to the ARCA Racing Series and will finish out the season with Cunningham Motorsports.
His first two runs with Cunningham this season came in June at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. He finished seventh at Pocono and sixth at Michigan.
Like his teammates, Majeski also ran at Chicago last season. He earned an eighth-place finish and led laps during the race.
Majeski: “I’m really optimistic for tomorrow’s race. It’s our first race with Treeo’s on the car and we should have quite a few people coming down to watch the race so it’ll be pretty exciting. Chicago is a track that I’ve been to before and that helps the learning curve a lot, especially going into a race where the entry list looks extremely competitive. Anytime you’re able to race tough competitors you just make yourself better, so I think this race should be a great experience. We did a lot of work on our No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion between Pocono, Michigan and now and I think we’ll have a really good car that can get us a top three run.”
The SCOTT 150 will air live on FS1 at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Race day activities will kick off with a 2:00 p.m. practice followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5:35. Live timing and scoring will be provided at www.arcaracing.com throughout the day. All times are local (Eastern).
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 and Dalton on social media as well. Follow Shane on Facebook/Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). You can find Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter/Instagram (@DaltonSargeant). You can also follow Ty Majeski on Facebook (@TyMajeskiRacing), Twitter (@TyMajeski) and Instagram (@TyMajeski).
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