Tanner Aims For Career Finish In Iowa
Topics: Billy Tanner, Prairie Meadows 250
Stott Classic Racing Aims For Rewarding Finish In Third Consecutive Race
NEWTON, Iowa (May 29, 2007) - - On the stretch of two consecutive runs inside the top-20 at Kentucky Speedway and Toledo Speedway, rookie driver Billy Tanner looks to the recently built Iowa Speedway for his first top-10 performance in only his fourth ARCA start Saturday night.
Two weeks ago at Toledo Speedway, Tanner aboard Corrie Stott’s No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Pontiac Grand Prix overcame engine gremlins during the 200-lap event to score a 19th place finish. With his first short track race complete, the Pennsylvania driver is ready for a second round of some hard door banging under the lights.
“ Toledo was a lot of fun despite our engine woes,” he recalled. “We weren’t all sure what to expect in our first short track race, but we practiced well, qualified and finished the race. This is a year of learning for us. We learned a lot. We plan to learn this weekend, but we want to race and learn at Iowa Speedway.”
Rolling into Iowa , Tanner is in the third of 12 races with SCR (Stott Classic Racing) and sponsor CheapCaribbean.com as the group is using this season as track time to prepare for a full season run in 2008.
“We tested at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, we’re racing this weekend and then heading to Pocono next weekend, so we’ve been busy. But this is what we have to do to prepare ourselves for the future. As a team, we’re growing. I’m happy with the way things are progressing and I’m looking forward to potentially claiming our first top-10 finish on Saturday night,” Tanner noted.
He continued, “I’ve heard a lot about Iowa . Looks like it will be a fun race. I’ve never raced under the lights in a short track event in the ARS, so I’m definitely looking forward to that. I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot more exciting than Kentucky was.”
Crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott is equally pleased with Tanner’s performance and feedback heading into the ninth race of the season.
“Billy has been a pleasure to work with. He wants to race hard and finish well. We know we may not have all the right ingredients to win every week, but we’re giving it a shot. Each time Billy gets in a car, he is improving. He is gelling with the team really well and I couldn’t be happier about the direction this team is heading.”
The team will return to the Chevrolet bowtie for the fifth short track race of the season.
The Prairie Meadows 250 (200 laps/168 miles) is the ninth of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. This second annual Prairie Meadows 250 is a one day show. Practice begins Saturday, June 2 with a two hour (11:30am-1:30pm Local Time) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated for later in the afternoon at 4:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag under the lights beginning at 8:00pm Local Time. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com
About CheapCaribbean.com and COMM Group
CheapCaribbean.com is owned by COMM Group, Inc (Customer Oriented Marketing and Management Group) which provides wholesale and direct to consumer distribution of vacation packages, resort reservations, and cruises worldwide to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico , servicing over 250,000 passengers per year.
About Billy Tanner
A fourth generation driver, Billy Tanner IV, 25, hails from Newtown , PA. A veteran dirt specialist, Tanner won several events in 2006 including at Bridgeport and on his home track of New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, New Jersey . Tanner finished last year sixthin the Race of Champions (ROC) North series, seventh in ROC South, seventh in ROC combined, seventh at New Egypt Speedway, and eighth at Bridgeport . Tanner will run more than a dozen ARCA races in 2007 in hopes of a full season campaign in 2008.
About Stott Classic Racing
Stott Classic Racing has over 50 years of racing heritage and success. Started in 1955, Ramo Stott was an ARCA champ in 1970 and 1971 along with USAC champ in 1975. His sons Corrie and Lance carried on the tradition, with Corrie having 20 years of NASCAR experience. Successfully starting and operating various NASCAR teams, Corrie was a Crew member for Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte and Crew Chief for Sterling Marlin and Jimmy Spencer. Corrie has spent the past 12 years in management positions with Hendrick Motorsports, SABCO, and PPI Motorsports
NAME: Chris Knight, Classic Stott Racing
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