Mooresville, N.C. – April 3, 2016 – It has been almost two months since Cunningham Motorsports’ two rookies hit the track at Daytona International Speedway in February, where Chase Briscoe finished fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KTJ) grabbed seventh. After their second “off season”, the drivers are ready to get back in the swing of race season.
They will get that chance when the ARCA Racing Series arrives at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for their second race of the season on Saturday, April 9. Briscoe is looking forward to getting back to the track he considers to be the beginning of his journey with the Cunningham organization. “It’s neat for me to come back to Nashville. This is where co-owners, Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer, gave me my shot last year at a test. I have been absolutely blessed with this amazing opportunity with the entire organization. All of the team members put so much hard work into these cars,” said Briscoe.
Both teams were pleased with the speed that they brought to their Nashville test last week. Briscoe ran a time just shy of Kyle Weatherman’s blistering pole run last year in the Cunningham Motorsports No. 22. Briscoe’s teammate, KTJ, was within 2/10 of a second during the test. Thomas, Jr. commented, “We had good speed on long runs during the Nashville test. Since it has been a few weeks since Daytona, we tested at Motor Mile and Nashville to try to stay fresh. I am looking forward to doing some short track racing at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and then Salem Speedway.”
Crew chiefs, Paul Andrews (No. 22 of KTJ) and Chad Bryant (No. 77 of Briscoe) are prepping at the shop for the next three races… as the racing intensity picks up. Those three races include two short tracks, Fairgrounds Speedway and Salem Speedway and the Talladega Superspeedway. In anticipation of the .596-mile track in Nashville, TN, Briscoe said, “I am excited to finally get this race season underway. I felt like I picked up quite a few things when we tested our No. 77 Ford Fusion that should help in the race. The test will definitely speed up my learning curve.” Briscoe will be making his fourth ARCA Series start, while KTJ takes his second ARCA green flag.
The one day Music City 200 begins with practice from 1:15-2:00 EDT and 2:45-3:30 Saturday. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Menards will follow at 5:15. Fans can meet our drivers during an autograph session at 6:30. The 200 lap race will take the green flag at 9:00.
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