Long Pond, PA – (June 4, 2016) – The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 was the third race (including two open tests) for the Cunningham Motorsports teams in the last two weeks. Austin Cindric joined Chase Briscoe, the current ARCA Series points leader and Myatt Snider, who won in his Series debut with the Cunningham organization at Toledo Speedway in May.
Austin Cindric – Cindric was the fastest in both practice sessions on Thursday. Due to weather conditions, Menards Pole Qualifying on Friday was cancelled, with the starting line-up set based on practice speeds…putting Cindric on the pole. The 17 year old, who is also running fulltime in the Pirelli World Challenge Series and part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series led for most of the first 13 laps before pitting for fuel. His only competition in those laps came from teammate, Myatt Snider, who took the point for one lap. After falling back during the green flag stop, Cindric worked his PIRTEK No. 99 Ford back up to second before pitting for four fresh General Tires and fuel, under green flag conditions.
With fourteen laps remaining in the 80 lap event, Cindric once again broke into the top-5. At this point the field was strung out as the final 42 laps were run under green flag conditions. In spite of running laps faster than the leader, Cindric could only make it to the bumper of winner Grant Enfinger, as a lapped car blocked him on his final push to take over the lead.
A disappointed runner-up said, “I am going to win one of these ARCA races soon! This is the most comfortable I have been in a stock car. Pocono brings me back to road course racing…it is very similar.” Cindric has a few more ARCA races planned this season with the Cunningham organization, as he continues to gain experience in many forms of racing. Saturday he was flying to Australia to test the McLaren he drives in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
Myatt Snider – During practice on Thursday, Snider posted the fourth quickest time, which gave him the fourth starting spot on the grid Friday. He quickly grabbed second and took the point from teammate, Austin Cindric, for one circuit, before taking the lead again on lap 13. Crew chief Paul Andrews brought his rookie driver to the pits, under the second caution, for four tires and fuel—sending him back to restart in fifth.
Snider retook the lead, leading a total of 33 laps, before pitting with 20 laps to go for the remaining tires and fuel. Snider rejoined the field in 14th, after the green flag stop. He had his work cut out for him, as the field had gotten spread out around the 2.5-mile track due to many green flag laps. Snider worked his way back to 7th before losing the handling on the No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford…falling to finish 9th.
Chase Briscoe – Briscoe started the race from the 8th spot, moving up to 6th before crew chief, Chad Bryant called his driver in for a fuel-only stop, during an early caution, in what Bryant thought could be a rain-shortened race. That strategy didn’t fall into place, as the event went the scheduled distance. Briscoe, who was one of a few who pitted under that yellow flag, restarted 20th and had worked his up to 6th before making his way back down pit road, under the next caution for four tires and fuel.
Restarting 7th gave Briscoe the opportunity to make his way to third before Bryant called him in, under green, for his final four tires and fuel. With the field scattered around the track, Briscoe had an uphill battle to claim the 10th finishing spot in the Big Tine No. 77 Ford.
Still leading the championship points, Briscoe was not pleased with the finishing results, as he said, “We were better than our finish shows. We are going to have to start stepping it up.”
Next Race – Next up for Chase Briscoe and Myatt Snider is The Corrigan Oil 200 at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 10. Practice is Thursday 1:00-1:55 and 2:05-3:00. Menards Pole Qualifying is 1:40 on Friday before the 100 lap race at 5:45 pm EST. The race will be covered live on FoxSports 1.