Briscoe and Kligerman, Teammates As Cunningham Motorsports Heads to NJMP as Reigning Champs
Mooresville, N.C. – (May 24, 2016) – Last year the Cunningham organization left the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) road course with a 1-2 finish, as Kyle Weatherman earned his first ARCA Series victory, with his then-teammate Tom Hessert, close behind in second.
Cunningham Motorsports hopes to duplicate those results this year with Chase Briscoe and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, Parker Kligerman piloting the No. 77 and No. 22, respectively. The Cunningham organization is not only going for back to back wins at NJMP, they are also going for back to back wins on the season…after Myatt Snider took the checkered flag last weekend at Toledo Speedway.
Kligerman is looking for redemption at the 2.3-mile road course where he finished a close second to his 2009 teammate, Patrick Long. Kligerman, who is driving this season for Ricky Benton Racing’s NCWTS No. 92 Ford, earned the ARCA Rookie of the Year award in 2009…finishing one of the most successful rookie seasons in history. In spite of winning nine races that year, including four in a row, Kligerman finished five points shy of the ARCA national championship title.
In anticipation of returning for his “homecoming”, Kligerman said, “Just coming back with Cunningham Motorsports is huge. New Jersey was the first place I ever drove a stock car. It’s been a long path since then, but I’m just grateful for this opportunity with Cunningham again…Kerry Scherer and Briggs Cunningham having the faith in me to bring me back. I can’t wait.”
The NJMP road course remains a part of the Bill France 4 Crown award, which Kligerman won in 2009 and Cunningham Motorsports won last season on the strength of Kyle Weatherman’s NJMP victory and Blake Jones’ Talladega Superspeedway win. If Kligerman’s final comment is any indication of his determination to accomplish what he couldn’t in 2009…it should be an exciting race! He said, “I’m ready to go back and put it on ‘em and win that thing!” Kligerman is ready to do his part to earn the organization not only another victory, but to make a run for the Bill France 4 Crown.
Chase Briscoe, making his first road course start, will be trying to earn the victory for his Chad Bryant-led No. 77 Big Tine team. Briscoe spent a couple of days in Arizona, prior to the NJMP ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels, at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, in an effort to speed up his road course learning curve. The rookie has proven that he is a quick study. His fourth place finish at Daytona International Speedway in February was just his third race on pavement.
After finishing third at Talladega Superspeedway in the fourth race of the 2016 ARCA season, Briscoe took over the championship points battle. In addition, he has earned three Menards Pole awards…his first at Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway in April, followed by Salem Speedway and last weekend at Toledo Speedway, where he led 157 of the 200 laps, before finishing 4th.
Looking forward to a new challenge, Briscoe said, “All of the tracks this season, with the exception of Salem, will be new tracks for me. I am just tackling New Jersey Motorsports Park the same way. I do have a couple of distinct advantages….The Bob Bondurant School and my teammate, Parker Kligerman. Co-owner, Briggs Cunningham made a suggestion to me the other day. He told me to go out and follow Parker wherever he went…even if he went off course. I am not sure that I can follow him everywhere!”
The ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels is scheduled for Saturday, May 28, in Millville, N.J. Two practice sessions are set for 10:15-11:00 EST and 11:15-12:00, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying at 2:00. The green flag is set to wave at 5:00 for 67 laps of racing. Live timing and scoring is available at arcaracing.com
Follow Cunningham Motorsports on twitter @cunningham_race for track updates. Briscoe and Kligerman can be found on twitter @ChaseBriscoe5 and @pkligerman.