Cunningham Motorsports was originally founded as CSG Racing in 1996. The "C" stood for Briggs Cunningham, the "S" for Kerry Scherer, and the "G" for Mark Gibson. CSG racing ran three years with great success in the ARCA series. The team registered three top-5 points finishes, won a speedway championship and was a threat to win each week. During this time they also ran in the Craftsman Truck Series and in the Winston Cup Series on a limited basis.
In 2000, the team moved from Winder, Georgia to Concord, North Carolina. The name of the team was changed to its present title, Cunningham Motorsports. During that year the team ran ARCA speedways and a couple of truck races.
From 2001-2003, the team aligned with Labonte Racing to run Justin Labonte in the ARCA series and Busch series. In 2004, the team ran a limited ARCA schedule for Chris Moore with support from Roger Penske.
During 2005, the team continued their Dodge driver development program with Mike Guerity on speedways and various drivers on the short tracks. In 2006, the Dodge driver development program with Chase Miller, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Kevin Swindell and Josh Wise was a huge success for Cunningham Motorsports. Current Indy Car driver, Juan Pablo Montoya ran Talladega and Iowa Speedway in preparation for his NASCAR debut.
In 2007, Cunningham Motorsports moved to Statham, Georgia, under the direction of General Manager, Mark Gibson. The team fielded two cars for all 23 races, with Justin South handling the driving duties for the No. 59 car. The second car was piloted by various drivers including Scott Lagasse, Jr., Rob Bunker, Tim Andrews and Ray Mooi for the Dodge Motorsports Driver Development program.
In 2008, Cunningham Motorsports had the most diverse field they had ever entered in ARCA RE/MAX competition. Nine time champion Frank Kimmel competed at Daytona, along with teammates Nur Ali, the first Asian stock car driver, Taylor Malsam in the #4 Dodge Charger, and Michael Phelps in the No. 45 Dodge Charger. Malsam and Phelps competed for the full season for Cunningham Motorsports. In addition to the ARCA REMAX Series, Cunningham Hartman Scherer competed in the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series for 2008.
2009 brought a lot of excitement to the organization, as the team competed for the ARCA RE/MAX championship. Cunningham Motorsports fielded two cars for all 21 races. The Penske Driver Development No. 77 team car was driven by Parker Kligerman, under the guidance of experienced NASCAR crew chief, Chris Carrier. Kligerman won nine races, including four in a row, with 14 top-5 finishes and 18 top-10 finishes. In addition, he won Rookie of the Year, the Bill France Four Crown, Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge and finished the season five points out of the championship position. Kligerman was also voted 2nd Team in the Touring Series Category for the All-America Auto Racing Team, which is chosen by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA). The second Cunningham Motorsports car, the No. 4 Dodge, was driven by seven different drivers. Under the leadership of NASCAR veteran Paul Andrews, Patrick Long and the No. 4 team won the road course race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The team finished the 2009 season with one win, five top-5 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. Cunningham Hartman Scherer competed in the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series in 2009.
The 2010 season was another thrilling season for the Cunningham Motorsports team, as the No. 77 Dodge was driven by ARCA veteran, Tom Hessert, who finished third in the championship battle. Hessert took his first ARCA Racing Series checkered flag at Iowa Speedway, completing the 2010 season with one victory, 10 top-5 finishes and 15 top-10 finishes. In addition to placing third in the championship points, Hessert earned the Aaron's Lap Leader Award and the S & S Volvo Laps Completed Award by completing 99.7% of all the race laps. The #22 was piloted by RE/MAX Rookie of the Year winner, Dakoda Armstrong, completing the year with two victories, 5 top-5 finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. Dakoda's first ARCA Racing Series win came at Salem Speedway, by leading the final 88 laps of the 200 lap event. With Armstrong's Rookie of the Year award, the Cunningham organization has provided the ARCA Racing Series with their top rookie in back-to-back seasons.
In 2011, Cunningham Motorsports competed in 8 of the 19 races on the ARCA Racing Series schedule, taking the checkered flag with Armstrong at Winchester Speedway. In addition, the No. 22 team earned 2 top-5 finishes and 4 top-10 finishes, with Armstrong, Ryan Lynch and Chrissy Wallace piloting the Dodge. The No. 77 Dodge ran just two complete races, earning 2 top-10 finishes, with rookie competitors Joey Licata and Frank Kimmel II.
During the 2012 season, Alex Bowman brought the excitement back to Cunningham when he earned the Team Messina Rookie Challenge Award, while earning four victories, 11 top-5 finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. In addition, Bowman won six Menards Pole by Ansell awards. Bowman's Rookie of the Year award was the Cunningham organization's third in four seasons.
The 2013 season brought some new challenges to the organization, as the team once again competed in the full ARCA Racing Series season with both the No. 22 and No. 77 cars, as well as running select NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races (NKNPSE). Tom Hessert returned to Cunningham this season, finishing fourth in the championship points battle, earning his third career victory in April at Salem Speedway. Ten drivers competed in the No. 22, including Ryan Blaney, Will Kimmel and a pair of youngsters, 15 year old Anderson Bowen and 17 year old Austin Wayne Self. Bowen and Self also ran a handful of NKNPSE races.
As the 2014 season wrapped up, Cunningham Motorsports and Tom Hessert had earned two victories at Talladega Superspeedway and Salem Speedway, while grabbing third in the championship points battle. Austin Wayne Self earned the Scott Rookie of the Year during the season, as the Cunningham organization provided their fourth ARCA Rookie of the Year in six seasons. In addition to the rookie award, Self's crew chief, Chad Bryant won the Cometic Crew Chief award.
The 2015 season saw the Cunningham organization again grab the SCOTT Rookie of the Year award, making it five rookies in seven years, this year with Kyle Weatherman. The No. 22 team earned second in the car owner's points battle, the Bill France Four Crown award, the inaugural Calypso Short Track Challenge award and Weatherman's first ARCA Series checkered flag. Tom Hessert piloted the No. 77, with guidance from his crew chief, Chad Bryant. Bryant won his second consecutive Cometic Crew Chief award.
April 8, 2017
Lee Earns Career-Best Finish at Daytona with Cunningham Motorsports
February 21, 2017
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2017) – Shane Lee has got a lot to look forward to this season if the rest of the year shapes up to be anything like Daytona. In his first race in the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion for Cunningham Motorsports (CMS), Lee came away with a career-best finish of third on the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire.
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