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ARCA RE/MAX Series Prairie Meadows 250 Event No. 9, Iowa Speedway , Newton , Iowa ARCA SIM Factory Pole Qualifying Notes & Quotes

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ARCA RE/MAX Series Prairie Meadows 250 Event No. 9, Iowa Speedway , Newton , Iowa ARCA SIM Factory Pole Qualifying Notes & Quotes

Chris Knight
June 2, 2007

The ARCA RE/MAX Series held ARCA SIM Factory time trials Saturday afternoon in preparation for tonight’s Prairie Meadows 250. The session set the starting grid for this evening’s event, the ninth of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.

MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 32 TMC DODGE CHARGER

Practice Time: Fourth (23.735 seconds, 132.715 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 29/38

Qualifying Time: 23.471 seconds, 134.208 MPH

Qualifying Position: First

Starting Position: First

“What can I say? This is an awesome. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for myself and my sponsor TMC. The crew did a fantastic job all day long. The car was so smooth, it went anywhere I needed it to go. To come here in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and sit on the pole is a dream come true. I want to thank everyone who made this possible; we have a good chance of winning the race tonight.”

DEXTER BEAN, NO. 6 FIVE STAR TELECOM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO :

Practice Time: Ninth (24.156 seconds, 130.402 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 10/38

Qualifying Time: 24.531 seconds, 128.409 MPH

Qualifying Position: 17th

Starting Position: 17th

“It was okay. We started near the rear of the mid-pack last season and came to the front. We plan on doing it again. Our car is setup to run under the lights, so I anticipate our car to come from the back to the front tonight. It's going to be an exciting race.”

DAN BRODE, NO. 48 TUCSON-FREEFEDS.org DODGE CHARGER

Practice Time: 26th (25.502 seconds, 123.520 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 27/38

Qualifying Time: 25.481 seconds, 123.622 MPH

Qualifying Position: 25th

Starting Position: 25th

“I’m just glad to be in the show. My guys worked hard on the car all day long and we picked up a little speed from practice to qualifying and that’s a good thing. We plan to take it easy during the race and bring it home in one piece. A top-20 finish is what we’re looking for tonight. I want to learn, learn and learn tonight.”

MIKE HARMON, NO. 38 EVOSHIELD CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Practice Time: 21st (24.874 seconds, 126.638 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 18/38

Qualifying Time: 24.950 seconds, 126.253 MPH

Qualifying Position: 22

Starting Position: 22

“We slowed up a little from practice, but a lot of people did. Our car is pretty stable, so I really can’t complain. We just need to stay focused and finish the race. Toledo was a disaster, so we’re hoping to make up for it tonight."

PHILLIP MCGILTON, NO. 47 SIPERFORMANCE FORD FUSION

Practice Time: Third (23.687 seconds, 132.984 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 25/48

Qualifying Time: 23.617 seconds, 133.378 MPH

Qualifying Position: Second

Starting Position: Second

NOTE: This is Phillip McGilton’s fifth straight race of qualifying inside the top-three. He was awarded an additional 10 points for his qualifying performance this afternoon.

“I was a little loose, but it was still a good lap. I really have to hand it to my crew; they did a good job all day long. We have a great racecar for tonight’s race and I still think we have a shot at the win."

PATRICK SHELTRA, NO. 60 FLORAGRANICS-BRADY RANCH CHEVROLET

Practice Time: 20th (24.859 seconds, 126.715 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 23/38

Qualifying Time: 24.358 seconds, 129.321 MPH

Qualifying Position: 15th

Starting Position: 15th

“We’ll take that. We made some adjustments from practice and it worked. We need to have a good run under the lights. The last time we had a night race, we finished in the top-10. We’re looking to do that again. I want to thank FloraGranics, Brady Ranch and my entire Premier Motorsports team for all their hard work today.”

BRYAN SILAS, NO. 11 NORTRAX-SHELL ROTELLA T CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Practice Time: 16th (24.427 seconds, 128.956 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 17/38

Qualifying Time: 24.061 seconds, 130.917 MPH

Qualifying Position: Eighth

Starting Position: Eighth

NOTE: Silas tied his career best starting position today in his 15th career ARS start. Silas also started eighth last season at Berlin Raceway.

“I’m excited about the race. We have a good racecar. I’m really happy with everything this weekend. We found some speed in qualifying and that’s what it’s all about. Hopefully everything can continue to go smoothly and we’ll have our third top-10 finish of the season later tonight.”

BILLY TANNER, NO. 07 CHEAPCARIBBEAN.COM CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO

Practice Time: 25th (25.478 seconds, 123.636 MPH)

Qualifying Draw: 12/48

Qualifying Time: 0.00 seconds, 000.000 MPH

Qualifying Position: N/A

Starting Position: 37th

“We didn’t make a qualifying attempt as we wanted to make sure our backup car is suitable for racing conditions tonight. We’re lucky that there were enough open spots that we were able to put our No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet into the race. We just look to put on a spectacular show coming from the back the front.”

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. 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

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