McGilton Turns To Iowa To Set ’07 Season Back On Track
Topics: Phillip McGilton, Prairie Meadows 250
“Brewco Driver Looks For Stout Finish Under The Lights”
ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Phillip McGilton’s last few ARCA races have felt more like a rollercoaster ride gone bad. However, the Brewco Motorsports development driver turns to the recently built Iowa Speedway for some luck in the West and put his first full season of ARCA competition back on track.
McGilton steers into Saturday’s event enjoying a much needed weekend off reflecting on a good race turned ugly when a series of misfortunes took the No. 47 team from the hunt at Toledo Speedway two weeks ago. Now, the rookie is ready to climb behind the wheel of his racecar and make a statement again.
“We’ve had good racecars all year, just haven’t had the lucky we needed recently,” said McGilton. “We’re trying to put ourselves into the point’s battle, but the bad breaks have put us a little behind. We’re playing catch up once again this weekend. On the bright side, I have a good feeling about Saturday’s race.”
Unlike his Kentucky-based team, McGilton has recorded laps around Iowa Speedway. Last season, the Marion , Illinois native planted himself into the record books by becoming one of 41 competitors to take the inaugural green flag in series debut at the Newton , Iowa track.
Those smiling moments were later overshadowed after McGilton; driving the No. 42 SIPerformance Ford exited the event after 28 laps with engine failure. Knowing the engine package his team is bringing this weekend, McGilton isn’t concern about a mechanical failure; instead he’s focusing on capturing his first top-five finish of his career.
“ Iowa is a great place to race. A true state of the art facility. The track has the same characteristics as Richmond International Raceway. We have some good notes from last year and we’ll utilize those throughout practice and qualifying on Saturday,” commented McGilton.
“A good top-five run is what this team needs right now. We’ve been strong everywhere we’ve gone. New track, old track, it doesn’t make a difference, we’ve been solid. We just need to keep the fenders on the car and finish the race; the finish we’re looking for should come to us,” sounded McGilton.
Currently tied for seventh in the ARS championship standings, McGilton easily controls the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings over second place competitor Michael McDowell. He has led that department since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway when he finished a then career-best ninth.
“It’s nice to be leading the Rookie-of-the-Year standings. That was our big picture overall heading into the season. But, we still have a long way to go this season and our team has the capabilities of winning the championship. I’m confident that everything will fall into place with some consistency and good finishes.”
Picking up the sponsorship for McGilton’s entry this weekend is SIPerformance.
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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 Brewco Motorsports, Inc.:
Central City, Kentucky businessman Clarence Brewer Jr. began the construction of his racing enterprise, Brewco Motorsports, in 1996 with one racecar and a small shop. This year, Brewer begins his 12th season as a car owner in the NASCAR Busch Series and second season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. With an unmatched reputation of delivering results both on and off the track, Brewco has elevated itself to not only a consistent championship contender but the marketing vehicle of some of America ’s most trusted brands.
NAME: Chris Knight, Brewco Motorsports
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