Long Pond, Pa. – Cunningham Motorsports’ second trip of the season to the “Tricky Triangle” started out good for both teams before the “big one” hit during the race. Tom Hessert was fourth quickest in the lone practice, while Kyle Weatherman posted the fifth fastest, without making a mock qualifying run. Both teams qualified in the top-7, with Weatherman starting third and Hessert seventh.
At the drop of the green flag, Weatherman and Hessert went into turn 1 going up through the gears. As Weatherman went for second in the tunnel turn, he lost the rear end of the Crossley Brands/Cunningham Motorsports No. 22 Ford, spinning in front of the rest of the field….collecting many of the leaders, most notably teammate Tom Hessert in the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge.
With both cars in the garage area, the teams worked feverishly to get the cars repaired. Hessert made it back on track after 24 laps in the garage. In order to salvage as many points in the season-long championship battle, Hessert continued to circulate with a severely damage Dodge. Hessert came into Pocono second in points, just 70 behind leader, Grant Enfinger. When the day was done, Tom finished 25th and had lost 115 points to Enfinger….now 185 points behind.
Weatherman’s car was beyond repair…finishing in 31st, without completing a lap.
The next race for both Hessert and Weatherman is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, August 8. There are two scheduled practice sessions beginning at 2:30 and 3:45 EST. Menards Pole Qualifying will be at 5:45, followed by the 200 lap race at 8:50.