MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2017) – In a race that came down to a green-white-checker finish, Cunningham Motorsports proved dominating and determined throughout the SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway Thursday night. Strapping in the No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion, Ty Majeski nearly came away with his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win after leading 50 laps, but the final restart shuffled him back to finish seventh. Teammate Shane Lee surged from 15th-place to eighth for his 12th top-10 finish of the season. Dalton Sargeant, with Performance Plus sponsoring his No. 77 Ford, overcame starting from the back of the field to earn a sixth-place run.
Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
- Start: 6th / Finish: 8th
- After the initial start, Lee stayed in the top-10 but slid back into 12th when the second caution of the night came with 21 laps complete. He stopped for four General Tires, Sunoco race fuel and adjustments, restarting in the 12th position.
- By the time the yellow fell on lap 50, Lee had moved back to 14th, but came down pit road for a shock adjustment. Losing just one spot on the stop, Lee chose to come down pit road a second time for the team to check all changes. He remained 15th after the second stop for the restart.
- Moving back into the top-10 with 15 to go, Lee was sitting in the 10th position when a late-race caution came. He opted to stay off of pit road.
- On the last restart with two laps left, Lee lined up fifth but was held up by cars in front, ending the night with an eighth-place finish.
- Lee: “Overall, it was a great day for this Cunningham team and it was a really good points day. We were able to move back into third in the driver standings and I think we’ll be able to go into these last two races and secure that spot. I thought we were lined up to get a top-five finish on that last restart and we just ended up getting stuck in a bad spot. An eighth-place finish, though, isn’t bad and we’ll move on to Kentucky and look for some more strong runs.”
Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion
- Start: 30th / Finish: 6th
- Starting from the back, Sargeant swiftly moved up 18 spots to sit 12th by the time lap one was complete.
- When the first caution came on lap three, Sargeant had worked his way into the top-10 in ninth.
- Running eighth when a caution came at lap 21, the No. 77 team came down pit road for four General Tires, Sunoco race fuel and adjustments for a tight car. Sargeant restarted seventh.
- Still fighting a tight race car when he came down pit road under a lap-50 caution, Sargeant was sitting in eighth-place.
- The final caution of the night came on lap 93 with the No. 77 team in 13th. Sargeant pitted for adjustments and tires.
- Restarting 11th for the green-white-checker, Sargeant wheeled his way through lead cars for two laps to finish in sixth-place.
- Sargeant: “We definitely had a fast No. 77 Performance Plus Ford Fusion throughout the entire day. Being able to come from the back and break into the top-10 in just a few laps is a testament to how hard this team works to put together cars. This was one of the toughest fields I’ve raced against in the series and we did a great job working our way through the field. I’m very optimistic going to Kentucky…I think we’ll have a really good chance to get back in victory lane.”
Ty Majeski, No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion
- Start: 2nd / Finish: 7th
- The night got off to a great start with the No. 99 team running second when the first caution fell.
- Restarting on lap seven, Majeski took the lead and was extending his run over second until a lap 21 caution.
- Coming in for four General Tires and Sunoco race fuel, Majeski lined up first and remained in the lead until his car started to become loose. When he came down pit road under a caution on lap 50 for tires, fuel and adjustments, Majeski restarted in the fifth-position.
- The next 40 laps proved beneficial for Majeski who found himself back in second when the final yellow flag fell with seven to go. He would be in the lead on the final restart.
- Majeski took the bottom line for the two-lap shootout and was shuffled back when the field came to green. He would end up finishing in seventh for his third top-10 finish in three starts.
- Majeski: “We definitely had a bullet on Thursday and to be able to lead 50 laps in such a competitive field of cars is a great sign for what this team is capable of. The last restart was unfortunate…we were running on hot, old tires and just couldn’t keep up. Not getting the win was pretty tough to swallow, but I’m very confident in this team’s ability to compete with the best. I can’t thank Cunningham, Ken Schrader Racing and Roush Fenway Racing enough for the support they’ve given me. It was really awesome to have Treeo’s at the race…to be able to have a hometown, long-standing late model sponsor move up to the next level and support me through everything is special. Looking ahead to next week, Kentucky and Chicago have some similarities so I’m really looking forward to build on this momentum and get another competitive run there.”
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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). You can also follow Ty Majeski on Facebook (@TyMajeskiRacing), Twitter (@TyMajeski) and Instagram (@TyMajeski_).