Cunningham’s Lee, Sargeant Ready to Tame DuQuoin Dirt

Cunningham Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2017) – Two weeks after making their dirt debuts, Cunningham Motorsports drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant head back to the Midwest for a second chance at a dirt track victory in the General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

What You Need to Know:

  • Pit road is very crowded with tight pit stalls. Getting on and off pit road is critical in order to maintain track position.
  • Predicting the direction of how the track is going to change throughout the day is important for setting up the car. With new dirt recently being added to the track, understanding how that dirt is going to react will be essential.
  • Tire strategy/pit strategy will play a major part in the race. Does a team come in once for tires or stop twice? How many tires do they take each time? The strategy towards and the decision on tires could be the determining factor in who wins the race.
  • Last year a number of cars had problems with overheating due to a wet track and dirt coating the grille exceptionally quick. Keeping the engine cool and grille clean, even if it means coming in on a green flag pit stop, could be what keeps a team in the race.

Shane LeeShane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion

  • Lee earned his second consecutive top-five at Road America last week earning a fourth-place finish.
  • With that fourth-place finish and a strong points day last weekend Lee moved up to third in the ARCA championship standings.
  • DuQuoin will be Lee’s second start on a dirt track. His first start came two weeks ago at the Illinois State Fair where he finished in fifth.
  • Lee: “Road America was a great race for this 22 team, especially for it being my first time out on a road course. These last few weeks have all been new track types and styles of racing for me so to come away with two top-fives is incredible. With these efforts, we’ve been able to move back up to third in the driver championship standings which has been a goal of mine for a while. I’m definitely more confident going into this second dirt race after having such a good run at Springfield and I’m excited to try it again and keep moving forward.”

Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion

  • Sargeant is coming off of an eighth-place finish at Road America last weekend. The experienced road course driver was able to lead six laps out of the 25-lap race.
  • In his dirt debut, Sargeant steered the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion to a 10th-place finish.
  • Sargeant: “Racing on dirt two weeks ago was definitely a concentration of the sport that I’d never experienced before and it was a great opportunity to gain more knowledge. I didn’t really know what to expect at Springfield, but going into DuQuoin I know what to expect and I think I’ll be able to build on that first race and move forward. I’ve talked to Chad (Bryant) a lot about DuQuoin and how the track plays out through the day and we’ve talked strategy and what to expect for the race. I’ve got a really great 77 team behind me and we’re ready to get our fourth win of the season.”

The General Tire Grabber 100 is slated for Monday, Sept. 4, with practice starting at 10:45 a.m. followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 12:30 p.m. The race is set to start at 3:00 p.m. and will air on a tape-delayed basis on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will be provided at www.arcaracing.com. All times are local (Central).

Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head to www.cunninghamrace.com for more news.

You can follow Shane and Dalton on social media as well. Follow Shane on Facebook/Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). You can find Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter/Instagram (@DaltonSargeant).

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