AUDIO/PRACTICE: Cindric Quick at Pocono; Cunningham Driver Paces First ARCA Practice

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LONG POND, Pa. — Recap by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — ARCA photo —

It hasn’t taken 17-year-old Austin Cindric long to get accustomed to the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.

Cindric ran the fastest lap in the first of two ARCA practices at 53.075 seconds (169.571 mph) in his No. 99 PIRTEK Ford.

“The car was good,” Cindric said. “Obviously, it’s a fast car, so hopefully we just keep tuning on it and see what we have for the race.”

The up-and-coming driver is working with veteran crew chief Greg Erwin who is a Sprint Cup Series winner at the Tricky Triangle, so the experience is there with his Cunningham Motorsports team.

“I definitely like it,” Cindric said about Pocono. “It’s a bit of a different joint, obviously, you have to have a lot of compromise with the setup and that’s one place you can get an advantage as a driver and as a crew chief of trying to find the best compromise between all three corners since you have a big-banked corner, a fast, quick corner and then you have a slow, flat corner, so it’s definitely a compromise between all of it. I think that’s maybe where we’re etching ahead a little bit.”

“As we get faster, they’re gonna get faster, so we always have to keep on improving.”

Cindric only foucsed on race runs in the first session as he is driving for last year’s winning team of the June ARCA race with Cunningham and Cup driver Trevor Bayne who used the race to gain experience for the Cup event.

NASCAR XFINITY driver Brandon Jones was second (169.393 mph) and is also running at the Tricky Triangle for first time in Friday’s ARCA race. Jones and Ranier Racing with MDM teammate Kyle Benjamin (third) are making the team’s season debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

The Cunningham duo of Chase Briscoe and Toledo winner Myatt Snider were fourth and fifth, respectively. The No. 22 car won the last two ARCA races with Snider and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

All top-five drivers are running the composite-style bodies for this weekend’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. Justin Haley was the fastest steel-bodied machine in sixth (165.259 mph) driving his No. 74 Braun Auto Group Chevrolet. Haley is making his superspeedway debut at Pocono as he is old enough to run there and Kentucky at 17 years old.

Noah Gragson followed Haley in seventh in another steel-body car as Grant Enfinger, Dalton Sargeant and William Byron completed the top-10. Byron didn’t participate in Tuesday’s open test, but flew in Wednesday night to run both Thursday practices.

Two drivers went to back-up cars: John Wes Townley wrecked on his warm-up lap in the same car in which Parker Kligerman turned the fastest time in the test Tuesday and Brady Boswell got damage from a Turn 2 crash, forcing the No. 98 Mason Mitchell Motorsports team to go the composite back-up and use the same car Talladega winner Gus Dean drove in the open test in preparation for the July Pocono race.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards practice one more time Thursday afternoon before all series on-track activity concludes.

Audio with Austin Cindric:

RESULTS: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards; First Practice;  Pocono Raceway; June 2, 2016

  1. Austin Cindric
  2. Brandon Jones
  3. Kyle Benjamin
  4. Chase Briscoe
  5. Myatt Snider
  6. Justin Haley
  7. Noah Gragson
  8. Grant Enfinger
  9. Dalton Sargeant
  10. William Byron
  11. Ryan Reed
  12. Matt Kurzejewski
  13. Kyle Weatherman
  14. Josh Williams
  15. Tom Hessert
  16. Shane Lee
  17. Will Kimmel
  18. Brady Boswell
  19. Bo LeMastus
  20. Bobby Gerhart
  21. Steve Fox
  22. Tom Berte
  23. Thomas Praytor
  24. Ed Pompa
  25. Chris Bailey
  26. Dustin Knowles
  27. Mike Basham
  28. Brad Smith
  29. Dale Matchett
  30. Don Thompson
  31. Ray Ciccarelli
  32. John Wes Townley
  33. Dick Doheny

 

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