MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2017) – In the second dirt race of the season, Cunningham Motorsports took home two top-10 finishes with drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant after the team nearly came away with its fourth win of the season in the General Tire Grabber 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Lee led the most laps of the day before an overtime restart pushed him from first to sixth; while Sargeant stayed fighting in the top-10 and came away with an eighth-place finish.
Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
- Start: 7th / Finish: 6th
- By lap 20 Lee had worked his way into the top-five, sitting in the fifth position.
- Lee came down pit road under a lap 34 caution to get four fresh General Tire Grabbers and Sunoco fuel. Restarting in fourth on lap 38, Lee quickly made moves to reach the third position just eight laps later.
- With another caution falling on lap 57, Lee stayed off pit road and moved into first on the restart. He would hold the first position until lap 107.
- Holding a lengthy lead over second, the yellow flag once again fell with just five to go. Lee held his position on the restart, but another caution brought the race to a second try at a green-white-checkered finish.
- On lap 107 with the final restart underway, Lee took the inside line but when a push from the car behind him took place, the outside line moved forward and Lee fell back to sixth where he would ultimately finish the race.
- Lee: “Without a doubt we had the car to beat at DuQuoin. We led 48 laps and we were just as good as guys who grew up racing on dirt. I’m extremely proud of this 22 team and the effort we put in every week. We have nothing to be ashamed of yesterday…we ran a clean race. On the last restart we got pushed from behind at the line and I couldn’t get on the gas to get out of it. By the time I could, we were already in turn one and three cars down. It’s definitely a frustrating situation when we were so close to getting a win and something out of our control happens, but overall, we had an outstanding day. We’ll move forward to Salem with this momentum we’ve been building over the last four races and keep up the hard work and strong finishes.”
Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion
- Start: 12th / Finish: 8th
- In his second attempt at a dirt track, Sargeant worked his way into 11th by the time the first caution fell on lap 34. Coming down pit road for two General Tire Grabbers, Sunoco fuel and adjustments, Sargeant came out in seventh for the lap 38 restart.
- Breaking into the top-five by lap 40, Sargeant held the fifth position for 10 laps before moving back into seventh, fighting a tight race car.
- A lap 71 caution brought Sargeant down pit road again, this time for four General Tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments. Restarting in the 11th position on lap 76, Sargeant held that spot until moving into 10th with five to go.
- On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, a multi-car incident would gather up the majority of the leaders and leave Sargeant with front-end damage. He made the final restart on lap 107 and completed the 110-lap race.
- Sargeant would finish with his third top-10 finish in a row with eighth-place.
- Sargeant: “I think we had a really solid effort at DuQuoin and I’m really happy with two top-10 finishes on my first two attempts at dirt tracks. I definitely relied on knowledge from Chad (Bryant) and Frank (Kimmel) throughout the race and they were huge helps to have on my side. I’ve said this before but the 77 team always puts together the best cars they can and this week was no different. They gave me a fast car and I wish we could have finished in the top-five, but another top-10 isn’t bad and we’ll definitely take what we learned and head to Salem and look to get a repeat win.”
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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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