Chicago, IL – (September 17, 2016) – Two of Cunningham Motorsports’ drivers had rough nights at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway Thursday night, during the running of the SCOTT 150.
Austin Cindric, piloting the No. 99 PIRTEK Ford struggled with the handling on his car throughout the entire 90 minute practice session…posting the 14th quickest speed. During the interim, between practice and Menards Pole Qualifying, Cindric’s crew made wholesale changes. Those changes included using most of teammate, Chase Briscoe’s set-up. (Briscoe had led the practice session.) The No. 99 didn’t make it to in-line inspection on time, since the changes took more time than was allotted before qualifying. Since Cindric knew he would have to take the green flag from the rear of the field, he used his qualifying laps to see how his car would handle with the changes that had been made.
In spite of posting the 10th quickest speed during qualifying, Cindric started at the tail. By lap 26, Cindric had made it to the top-10. When caution came out on the next lap, Austin’s crew chief, Brian Wilson pulled some pit strategy out of his pocket and left his driver on the track…as all leaders pitted. This move put Cindric in the lead for the restart. But, he was no match for the fresh General Tires that those who pitted during the caution had on their cars. He fell through the 5th spot before Wilson called his 18 year old driver into the pits for four tires and fuel, under green.
The new tires and a well-timed caution helped Cindric to get back on the lead lap, after losing two laps during his pit stop. When the checkered flag flew, Cindric had earned the 6th spot. After the race Cindric had a tight turnaround. He had a redeye flight out to California for his Pirelli World Challenge race at Sonoma Raceway. On his way to the airport, Cindric commented, “I drove my heart out tonight in the “PIRTEK/Cunningham No. 99. From last to first to last to P6!”
Myatt Snider returned to the seat of his Louisiana Hot Sauce No. 22 for the first time since finishing 6th at Pocono Raceway in July. Snider posted the 8th quickest speed during the practice session, before qualifying 15th.
On the start, Snider’s Ford didn’t take off…dropping him a couple of spots, before he was able to regroup and move forward. He had worked his way up to 12th, when he started reporting to crew chief, Paul Andrews, that he was experiencing problems in the rear end of his car. As he pulled his car onto pit road, Andrews told him to pull it into the garage. With the No. 22 team in the battle for the ARCA Racing Series car owner’s championship, Snider’s crew worked feverishly to try to get the Ford back on track.
As they scrambled to repair a broken right rear drive plate, they also found that the axle had welded itself to the gear. Snider’s day was over much earlier than he planned. After finishing 25th, the 21 year old driver said, “That was a frustrating end tonight. We broke a right rear drive plate and a gear. We had speed tonight, so I’m confident about Kentucky Speedway.”
Both Cindric and Snider will race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, September 23. Their lone practice is scheduled for 12:30-2:00 EST, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying at 4:40. The Crosley 150 will be covered live on FS2 at 8:00.