Briscoe Inches Closer to His First Career ARCA Series Win at Talladega Superspeedway; Boswell Earns 11th Place Finish

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April 30, 2016 – Talladega, AL – Chase Briscoe moved one step closer to earning his first ARCA Racing Series victory during the General Tire 200.  The 21 year old from Mitchell, Indiana drafted three and four-wide all day at Talladega Superspeedway to bring home third, while teammate Brady Boswell picked up an 11th place finish for the No. 22 team.

Chase Briscoe – Briscoe, who was making his sixth pavement start, posted the fourth quickest speed in practice, as the one day event kicked off.  Groups were set by ARCA Series official for the four minute qualifying event.  During Briscoe’s on-track qualifying, he had no luck getting his fellow qualifiers to form up to give each a chance at a fast time.  Briscoe would start from the 20th spot.  After qualifying he commented, “The group qualifying put us in a tough situation.”

Fortunately for him, Will Kimmel, who he had worked with throughout practice, was close by on the starting grid.  With pre-made plans to work together, the No. 77 and No. 69 (of Kimmel) immediately found each other and began drafting together.  For the first five laps, the duo fell back from the lead pack, but shortly thereafter the plan began to work, as the two cars again caught the lead pack.  The pair blew past on the outside, as Briscoe grabbed sixth by lap 17.  Their ability to move through the pack together wasn’t limited to the outside lane, as numerous times they moved to the middle, in tandem, to gain an advantage.

Briscoe grabbed second on lap 41.  Prior to the first caution on lap 45, crew chief Chad Bryant brought the No. 77 into the pits for a fuel-only stop.  Briscoe was set to restart in third, but a speeding penalty forced him to return to pit road, where he took four fresh tires and refilled the fuel.  With 23 laps remaining, Briscoe took the green flag from the 21st spot.  Later the rookie, who was making his second green flag pit stop explained the penalty, “I just tried to get too much and ended up speeding!”

Again, he found himself near the back of the field, with lots of ground to make up.  With his determination and the opportunity to hook up again with Kimmel ten laps later, he worked his way back to third.

With severe weather in the area, Series officials informed the teams on lap 72 that the next flag would complete the race.   On the final restart, Briscoe and Kimmel were hooked up nose to tail on the inside lane.  They were hooked up pushing Josh Williams to the lead.  As the yellow flew for the final time, two laps shy of the scheduled distance, Briscoe had earned his third top-5 finish in six attempts… a third place finish.  With his finish, Briscoe takes over the championship points lead.

In wrapping up his race in the media center, Briscoe said, “We had a plan all day long to work with Will and we dropped back at the beginning so we could get together…making our way to the front.  We hooked up with Will again after my speeding penalty and I felt that gave us the best chance to win.  It is incredible to work with someone like Will, who knows the speedways so well and will do exactly what he says he will do.  This was a great points day for us.  Now we turn our focus to Toledo.”

Brady Boswell – Boswell was making his Cunningham Motorsports debut this weekend.  In January, he tested with the Paul Andrews-led No. 22 team at Daytona International Speedway.  After posting the third quickest time in practice at Talladega, the 18 year old Watkinsville, Georgia, native qualified ninth.

As often happens at restrictor plate tracks, Boswell’s position changed rapidly.  After starting ninth, he fell out of the lead pack draft, dropping to 20th, before rebounding five laps later to grab the fourth spot.  Brady remained in the top-10 through the first caution period.  During that yellow, on lap 45, Andrews called Boswell to the pits for a fuel-only stop.  The rookie driver, like his teammate Chase Briscoe, incurred a speeding penalty, requiring the No. 22 to return to the pits for a pass through penalty.

After restarting (on lap 53) in 17th, Boswell tried to hook up and draft toward the front.  After choosing the outside lane, the cars in the pack separated, dropping him a few spots.  The weather caused the race to be shortened by two laps; with Boswell clawing his way into the 11th spot.

Next race – Both teams will test Friday at Toledo Speedway in preparation for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care on May 22.  The Toledo race will be the fifth race of the 2016 season.   The driver announcement will be coming soon.

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