MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2017) – From superspeedways to short tracks, Cunningham Motorsports teammates Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant are now ready to hit the dirt and tackle a new style of racing this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Lee and Sargeant have never raced on dirt before, but the two have high hopes as they take their talents in the No. 22 and 77 Big Tine Ford Fusions to the heart of the Midwest for the Herr’s Potato Chips 100.
What You Need to Know:
- Major keys of the race include strong communication between drivers and crew chiefs, pit strategy and the ability to adapt to changing track conditions throughout the day.
- Keeping dirt buildup on the grills to a minimum is also an important player to watch during the race. Overheating can be an issue when the grill gets covered and air circulation drastically reduced.
- Lee and Sargeant have never raced on dirt and will rely heavily on coaching from their respective crew chiefs, Paul Andrews and Chad Bryant.
- Both cars will sport Big Tine as the primary sponsor for the 11th time this season.
Last Time Out:
- Lee rebounded with a strong sixth-place finish at Winchester Speedway after fighting for the lead throughout the duration of the race. With a good points day, Lee moved to within striking distance of third-place, sitting just 40 points back in fifth.
- Sargeant ran into a bit of bad luck at Winchester and finished in 16th-place after a cut tire sent him into the wall and out of contention for the win. Sargeant remains in second in the championship standings by 175 points but hopes to regain lost ground over the next few races.
- Lee: “I’ve been able to come to a lot of new tracks and adapt quickly and race well. This one will be pretty interesting…I’ve never raced on dirt before but I’ve gotten a lot of pointers from Paul (Andrews) and guys around the shop and I’m pretty excited to try something new. This year we’ve been to a lot of tracks that have taken me out of my comfort zone and it’s great to be able to have that kind of opportunity. We had a strong run at Winchester and it would be great to be able to continue that into Springfield and hopefully get this 22 car to victory lane.”
- Sargeant: “Dirt racing is something that I don’t have experience in so I think it’ll be fun to take on a new style of racing and be able to grow as a driver and expand my skill set. I know Cunningham is strong on dirt tracks and the guys at the shop have made sure that we’ll have the best car to take with us so now it’s up to me to get the job done and get us a win. I think these next few races are going to be extremely important looking towards the remainder of the season and it would be really great if we could end up with some good finishes and a few wins.”
The Herr’s Potato Chips 100 kicks off Sunday, August 20, with practice starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 11. The green flag is set to drop at 1:30 p.m. and the race will be aired live on MAV TV. Live timing and scoring will also 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 and Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). Follow Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter and Instagram (@DaltonSargeant).
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