Sparta, Ky. – (September 27, 2015) – Rain caused the scheduled start of the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway to be delayed from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. That was only one of the obstacles that the Cunningham Motorsports teams had to tackle. With three drivers representing the Cunningham stable, two of the three qualified in the top-10… with Austin Cindric starting fourth, Kyle Weatherman starting tenth and Tom Hessert taking the green from sixteenth. After the 150 miles were completed, only one of those drivers had a top-10 finish and the Cunningham organization had two damaged race cars.
Kyle Weatherman, who is competing for the SCOTT Rookie of the Year Award this season, qualified 10th. After moving up to sixth in the first ten laps, Weatherman settled in until rain forced the yellow flag to fly on lap 40. Immediately Crew Chief Paul Andrews called his young driver to the pits for four fresh Hoosiers and fuel. Since most of the leaders didn’t pit, Weatherman went back on the track in tenth. As the rain slowed and the track dried, the remaining leaders pitted….moving Weatherman to second for the restart on lap 58.
Weatherman was an unwilling victim of teammate Cindric’s flat tire on lap 80, as the tire casing from Cindric’s car hit the No. 22’s left front, affecting the handling for the remainder of the race. The Crosley Brands/Cunningham Motorsports Dodge got tight throughout the final laps, dropping Weatherman to seventh.
After starting fourth, in his second ARCA Series start, Austin Cindric worked his way to the point. He grabbed the lead on lap 53, after a caution for rain allowed Crew Chief Chris Carrier to bring his seventeen year old driver into the pits for four tires and fuel earlier than the other leaders. On the restart Cindric drove to a commanding thirty car lead, with an obviously fast No. 99 AutoZone Ford. He held the lead for 27 laps before a left front tire blew, sending him to the pits. After a quick tire change by his crew, Cindric drove up onto the track before the blend line and was required to make a “pass through” penalty, which took him out of contention for the win. Upon crossing under the checkered flag in the seventeenth spot, his right front tire blew…sending him into the front stretch wall, damaging his Ford.
Tom Hessert’s day was very short. He was involved in contact with another competitor on the first lap, ending his day quickly. He was relegated to a finish of 31st.
In the final race of the 2015 ARCA Series season, Cunningham Motorsports is vying for both the ARCA Series Car Owner championship and the SCOTT Rookie of the Year award. The No. 22 team has three victories this season and currently sits 55 points behind the leader in the car owner points battle. Kyle Weatherman, who will make his 15th start this season, has set up a close competition for the rookie of the year award. The Cunningham organization has earned four of the last six ROY awards…Parker Kligerman in 2009, Dakoda Armstrong in 2011, Alex Bowman in 2012 and Austin Wayne Self in 2014.
The season ending race is set for October 15 at Kansas Speedway. Friday’s schedule begins with practice from 9:30-11:30 CST, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 2:30. The Kansas Speedway 98.9 will be covered live on FoxSports1 at 7:30.