July 10, 2016 – Newton, Iowa – Chase Briscoe, the 21 year old rookie from Mitchell, Indiana, earned his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in a row, when he took the checkered flag in the ABC Supply 150 presented by Casey’s General Store at the Iowa Speedway yesterday. Briscoe’s teammate, rookie Myatt Snider captured a top-5 finish for his team, finishing 5th. The win marks the Cunningham organization’s fourth trip to victory lane at Iowa Speedway in the eight ARCA events held there.
Chase Briscoe – Briscoe started his day off on the top of the speed charts in the day’s lone practice session. He had high hopes to grab his sixth pole of the season, but his Big Tine No. 77 Ford got really loose in turns 1 and turns 2 during his qualifying lap, pushing him back to a starting spot of 5th.
Starting in the third row didn’t deter Briscoe from thinking he had a possibility to earn another victory, after taking his first win in the most recent race two weeks earlier at Winchester Speedway. When the green flag dropped, Briscoe missed a shift…stacking up some of the cars behind him. Once he got going, he never looked back. Briscoe grabbed the third spot by lap 14, before picking up second 40 laps later.
Briscoe and then-leader, Kyle Weatherman got into a lengthy battle for the lead…many times running side by side. Weatherman relinquished the lead when he blew a right front tire, sending him into the turn two wall and turning the lead over to the No. 77 on lap 87. Briscoe held the lead for the rest of the 150 lap race, including two 4-tire and fuel stops, where his pit crew made quick work of their stops.
In the final fifteen laps of the race, Briscoe continued to pull away from the pack, stretching his lead to a half-straightaway, before crossing the finish line to take his second checkered flag of his young career. After his thirteenth stock car race, Briscoe commented, “I had an absolute blast at Iowa. My only experience at Iowa Speedway came in the form of i-Racing and it has always been my favorite track. Now, I can say, with confidence, that it is really a favorite!”
In describing how his race played out, Briscoe continued, “When the race started we were fairly loose. But, as the groove moved closer and closer to the wall our car came to life. It was so fun racing right up next to the fence and adjusting to the changing track. All of the guys at the shop brought an amazing car and the pit crew did awesome all night long. It was a great night. I am excited to head to Lucas Oil Raceway to see if we can make it three in a row in our Big Tine/Cunningham Motorsports Ford!”
Briscoe extended his championship points lead to an unofficial 225 points over his nearest rival.
Myatt Snider – Rookie Myatt Snider, who was making his fourth ARCA Series start, struggled throughout most of the 90 minute practice session, posting the 11th quickest speed. Snider lined up tenth on the starting grid, where he quickly picked up three spots before falling out of the top-10. After losing a lap early, Snider battled throughout the rest of the race, getting back on the lead lap with 20 laps remaining. Myatt fought hard for his fifth place finish.
The rookie, who had earned his first ARCA victory in his debut race at Toledo Raceway in May, commented, “With everything that happened today, I consider P5 a win for Louisiana Hot Sauce Racing and Cunningham Motorsports. We almost went down two laps, but thrashed to recover.”
Next Up for Cunningham – Both Briscoe and Snider will test on Wednesday and Thursday of the upcoming week at Kentucky Speedway, in preparation for the Crosley 150 at the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Kentucky on September 23.
The teams’ next race is the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive on July 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway. The .686-speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, will be one of only two tracks on the season’s schedule where Briscoe has raced previously…finishing 10th in his series’ debut in 2015. Snider will see the track for the first time when his No. 22 team hits the track.
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