Briscoe Inches Toward His First ARCA Victory, as Teammate, Snider Has Rough Day

Cunningham Motorsports

Brooklyn, MI – (June 11, 2016) – The Cunningham organization experienced the highs and lows of racing at Michigan International Speedway, as Chase Briscoe grabbed his career-best finish of runner up in the Corrigan Oil 200, while teammate Myatt Snider was relegated to 23rd, after hitting the outside wall on lap 38.

Chase Briscoe – During the ARCA Series open test, in May, Briscoe posted the quickest speed…so Briscoe knew he had a fast race car.  He just didn’t know how it would handle in ‘dirty air’ when he was running around the rest of the field.  After qualifying was cancelled (due to time constraints) and the starting line-up was set by Friday practice times, Briscoe took the green flag from the outside pole in his No. 77 Big Tine Ford.

Briscoe quickly took the point, which he held until the first caution and ensuing pit stops on lap 30.  Crew chief, Chad Bryant called his rookie in for four fresh General Tires and fuel during the yellow….sending him back on track second.  Briscoe ran second until his final pit stop with 22 laps remaining in the 100 lap event.  After receiving right side tires and fuel, Briscoe rejoined the field fifth.

With 15 laps to go, Briscoe began ticking off spots, one at a time.  He took over the second spot, when leader Kyle Weatherman ran out of fuel on lap 98.  Briscoe’s fifth top-5 finish of the 2016 season allowed him to increase his points lead in the season-long championship battle.  In addition, Briscoe earned the Scott Rookie of the race award.

After thanking his sponsors and team co-owners, Briscoe said, “We had a lot of speed today, but we, like all of the drivers, struggled in dirty air.  We are still looking for our first win…. we had a good overall points day.”

Myatt Snider – Snider posted the quickest speed in both practice sessions on Friday, but the tide turned during Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Menards….when Snider’s No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford smacked the outside wall in turn 2.  Both his team and the No. 77 crew worked feverishly to get the backup ready for the green flag.  With qualifying cancelled, the starting grid was set by practice times…with Snider on the pole.

As the field rolled off for their warm up laps, Snider dropped to the rear since he went to his backup car.  He quickly gained spots in a car that had only made a few laps during the open test at the speedway in May.  Snider had taken over the 14th spot before crew chief, Paul Andrews called his rookie to pit road, under caution, for 4 tires and fuel.  He restarted in 9th before the right rear came around on him…sending the No. 22 into the outside wall.  With damage that was too severe for him to continue, Snider was relegated to a 23rd place finish.

After the disappointing finish, Snider said, “It just got away from me.  I hate it for my guys…that’s two this weekend.  We had plenty of speed in practice, but just nothing to show for it in the race.”  Snider returns to his Cunningham team for his next race at Iowa Speedway in July.

Next Race – Will Kimmel will rejoin the Cunningham organization in the No. 22 at Madison Speedway on Sunday, June 18.  The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 is set for 2:00 CDT, with live coverage, including live streaming, on ASN (American Sports Network).

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