Kansas City, Kansas – October 17, 2016 – Cunningham Motorsports pulled off the 1-2 finish at the 2016 season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 14. Austin Cindric followed the 2016 ARCA Racing Series champion, Chase Briscoe, to the checkered flag at the Kansas 150.
Austin Cindric grabbed his second runner-up finish in four ARCA Series races this season. Those finishes go along with his first career win at Kentucky Speedway in late September.
The 18 year old senior started from the rear of the field, in 29th, after qualifying was cancelled for weather. Practice speeds showed him 8th on the speed charts. Within four laps of the green flag, Cindric had moved into 16th and had cracked the top-10 as the first caution flew on lap 13. From there, Cindric continued to move closer to the leaders.
At the halfway point, Cindric and teammate, Chase Briscoe, made slight contact when Briscoe got loose after being pinched down on the restart. Crew chief, Brian Wilson, called his rookie driver in, under yellow conditions on lap 51 for four tires, fuel and to check for any residual damage from the contact.
After restarting 13th, Cindric quickly made up ground, moving into third fifteen laps later. With 18 laps remaining in the Kansas 150, Cindric moved his No. 99 Menards Ford into second. In spite of pulling close to teammate Briscoe, at one point in the final laps, Cindric had to settle for second…1.5 seconds behind Briscoe.
After his third top-5 finish in his four ARCA races this season, Cindric commented, “I am very proud of the effort this No. 99 brings to the track. In all four races, we’ve been a threat and in contention for wins, but most importantly we’ve really maximized all of our efforts, which is all you can ask for. I’ve learned a lot in the limited schedule that we’ve ran and that is hugely a credit to those around me. Without the support of a great team and great partners like PIRTEK, Menards, OMP and Ford Performance, these strong results would not have been possible. I look forward to what’s next!”
Myatt Snider took the green flag from the 4th position, as the starting lineup was set by car owner points. In the early laps, Snider worked his No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford to second, following teammate Chase Briscoe. After the first caution on lap 13, Snider’s car started getting tight and he began to fall back, dropping to 8th before the next caution.
When this second caution came out, near halfway, crew chief, Paul Andrews brought Snider to the pits for four fresh General Tires and fuel…making adjustments to free up the Ford.
Restarting 8th on lap 51, Snider had good momentum as he came upon teammate Briscoe, who was trying to regain control of his Ford, after being pinched down by the leader on the restart. He and Briscoe touched, sending Snider, into a seemingly harmless slide. As many cars tried to avoid the sliding Snider, some cars didn’t get slowed down in time to avoid Snider and the slowed car of Kyle Weatherman. With cars slamming into Weatherman from behind, he was shoved into Snider’s No. 22—ending their day with another disappointing finish of 27th.
After coming out of his mandatory visit to the care center, Snider said, “We got four wide down there and they just took the air off of us and the car came around.”
The finale for the 2016 season is the December 10 Championship banquet at the Indiana Convention Center where Cunningham Motorsports and Chase Briscoe will be honored as the 2016 ARCA Series champions.