Short Tracks Gone; Tanner Welcomes Pocono
Topics: Billy Tanner, Pocono 200
“Stott Classic Racing Looks For Recovery From Iowa ”
LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2007) - - After a less than an enthusiastic day at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night, ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) rookie Billy Tanner hopes to pick up the pieces and soar ahead as the sanction will make their first of two presences at Pocono Raceway beginning with Saturday’s Pocono 200.
After losing a primary car in practice and a banged up backup Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the Prairie Meadows 250 weekend at Iowa , Tanner hopes better luck this weekend at Pocono will ease the pain of his rookie team.
“We had two solid races together at Kentucky and Toledo , and then came Iowa ,” said Billy Tanner. “I really had high hopes for the event, but I had more of a headache when it was all said and done. I’m just glad the short tracks are gone for now and I’m looking forward to the challenges of Pocono Raceway.”
Indeed, Pocono Raceway does provide a challenge for its newbie’s but Tanner is stepping up to the plate and ready to conquer one of the most demanding tracks on the ARCA circuit.
“When you think about Pocono, you’re like wow, what a place!” Tanner explained. “This weekend, those visions will become a reality and we’ll try to score our first top-10 finish together on Saturday in our No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo.”
Another big reason why Tanner is feeling the pressure is Pocono will be considered his hometown race. The rookie is a native of Newtown , Pennsylvania and is well-known for his performance on the dirt tracks throughout the Keystone state.
“I want to run so good at Pocono,” Tanner offered. “If we can run in the top-10 on Saturday, it will give not only my team some much needed confidence but provide some great exposure for myself with the local media. I’m trying to quickly but promisingly earn the respect of my fellow competitors. I know I have to remain focused this weekend, but boy what a feeling it would be to run well for the local fans.”
Sailing into Pocono, Tanner is in the fourth 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’ve had our share of ups and downs,” Tanner explained. “They’ve been more up than down, but that’s going to happen with any organization. Corrie (Stott, crew chief and owner) has given me exceptional equipment to drive. I’ve learned a lot in my very short stint in ARS competition. I’m looking forward to learning even more at Pocono this weekend that will help further satisfy my ARCA racing career.”
Crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott has echoed his rookie’s remarks heading into the 44th ARS event held at Pocono Raceway.
“Except last weekend, everything has gone according to our schedule. I’ve been extremely satisfied with the effort and dedication that Billy has put into our program. I think as a whole we all learned a lot from Iowa . We’re looking forward to putting that race behind us and moving forward with great expectations for Saturday’s thriller.”
The Pocono 200 (80 laps/200 miles) is the 10th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Friday, June 8 with a one hour forty five minute (10:15am-11:55am Local Time) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is slated for later in the afternoon at 1:45pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag on Saturday at 1:00pm Local Time. The race will be taped-delayed and aired on SPEED at 8:00pm Local Time. Additional race coverage is available online at arcaracing.com
For more on Classic Stott Racing and driver Billy Tanner please visit StottClassicRacing.com
BILLY TANNER POCONO QUICK FACTS:
Best Start: 19th at Toledo Speedway , May 2007
Career Best Finish: 17th at Kentucky Speedway , May 2007
Did Not Finish (DNFs): None
Laps Led: None
Notes of Interest:
Tanner made his ARS debut this past February at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 75 CheapCaribbean.com Ford for Bob Schacht Motorsports. Tanner qualified 26th and finished 21st.
Tanner joined the Stott Classic Racing (SCR) ARCA Driver Development program in May of this year running a limited schedule this season before planning to turn all efforts towards a full championship bid in 2008.
Should Tanner qualify for Saturday’s race he will make his third speedway race and fifth ARS event of his career. Tanner also has two short tracks starts to his credit with experience at Toledo Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively.
Tanner’s and SCR next schedule ARCA event will come next Friday night in the ARCA 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn , Michigan . The team recently participated in an open test there to prepare themselves for their MIS debut.
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 sixth in 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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