ARCA: Snider Shows the Speed; Cunningham Driver Sweeps Both Michigan Practices

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — official series release by Don Radebaugh, ARCA — ARCA photo —

If you look at the cover photo, you get the idea that rookie Myatt Snider was fairly-well satisfied with his day at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

And who wouldn’t be?…After all, the Charlotte, North Carolina driver was fastest in both ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice sessions Thursday.

Snider, in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford, put up the fastest lap in final practice, circling the two-mile Michigan oval in 38.130 seconds, an average speed of 188.828 mph. Snider tested at Michigan back in May.

“Now that I’ve had a little more time to practice on the track, I’m getting more comfortable all the time,” Snider said.

“The car’s better…I’m a little better. We learned what we could in the test and made some adjustments. No big swings or anything but some fine tuning. The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford is super fast.”

Snider’s Cunningham teammate Chase Briscoe was second fastest at 188.793 mph in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford.

Venturini Motorsports’ Dalton Sargeant was third fastest overall in the No. 55 Toyota Racing Development-Windows 10 Toyota at 188.176 mph.

“I think we’re going to be pretty good,” Sargeant said. “Car’s really strong. It took most of both practices to get it dialed in but I’d say we’re right there. From the test, we went home and made some big swings and it’s making a big difference. We have a legitimate shot at this.”

Brandon Jones was fourth fastest in the No. 8 Valvoline-Menards Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with MDM. Jones, turning his first laps at Michigan, had a best speed of 187.686 mph.

“Pretty cool little place…actually…pretty cool big place I should say,” Jones said. “It feels fast…big, sweeping corners…a lot of fun to drive. We had really good speed right off the trailer. We were a little too tight but made some adjustments. For my first time here, I’m pretty pleased with everything…looking forward to the race.”

Jones’ teammate Kyle Benjamin was fifth overall at 187.466 mph in the No. 28 FEVR Chevrolet. Benjamin was also turning his first laps at Michigan.

“I really liked it,” Benjamin said. “It’s not like anything I’ve ever done. I can’t believe how wide open this place is. You breathe it a little into the corners, but you’re right back on it. You don’t even touch the brake. You carry so much speed through the corners…it’s unbelievable.”

Brady Boswell, Sheldon Creed, Tom Hessert, AJ Fike and Travis Braden completed the top-10 in final practice. From the top-10 cars, nine were composite bodied cars; only Braden was in a steel bodied car among the top-10. Thirty-one drivers posted speeds in final practice.

Will Kimmel, driver of the No. 69 E3 Spark Plugs Ford, reports that he broke a valve spring in practice and will not be participating in Friday’s race. The 65 of Jeffery MacZink was also experiencing engine problems and was continuing to work on it following final practice.

The 35th running of the Corrigan Oil 200 is live on FS1 Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell precedes Friday’s race at 1:40. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all the on-track action Friday.

RESULTS: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards; Final Practice; Michigan International Speedway; June 9, 2016

  1. Myatt Snider
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. Dalton Sargeant
  4. Brandon Jones
  5. Kyle Benjamin
  6. Brady Boswell
  7. Sheldon Creed
  8. Tom Hessert
  9. A.J. Fike
  10. Travis Braden
  11. Matt Tifft
  12. Matt Kurzejewski
  13. Kyle Weatherman
  14. Shane Lee
  15. Nick Higdon
  16. Josh Williams
  17. Sarah Cornett-Ching
  18. Chad Finley
  19. Bo LeMastus
  20. Thomas Praytor
  21. Brad Smith
  22. Tom Berte
  23. David Sear
  24. Mike Basham
  25. Morgan Baird
  26. Michael Lira
  27. Chris Bailey Jr.
  28. Jeff MacZink
  29. Richard Hauck
  30. Con Nicolopoulos
  31. Wayne Peterson

CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series

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