Tanner Returns To ARCA Action In Time For Kentucky
Topics: Billy Tanner, WLWT Channel 5-150
“ Pennsylvania Native Searching For First Top-10 Friday Night”
SPARTA, Kentucky (July 11, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Billy Tanner returns to the series after taking a two race sabbatical to prepare his Stott Classic Racing (SCR) team for Friday’s WLWT Channel 5-150 from Kentucky Speedway.
Tanner, looking to make his sixth career ARCA RE/MAX Series start returns to the site of a track which he has prior experience at. In May, Tanner drove the No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a 17th place finish after starting 24th.
In five starts this season, the Sparta , Kentucky based track holds the honors of being the facility that Tanner crowns the site of his career best finish. This time around however, Tanner would like to pick up the pace considerably and garnish his first career top-10 finish.
“I’m glad to be going back racing this week,” said Tanner. “We had to take a couple weeks break to regroup in order to make a huge splash in the second half of our season. The guys have been working really hard in the shop and they are also pumped up about getting back to the track.”
Tanner added, “Kentucky Speedway has probably been my most favorite race of the season, excluding Daytona. We ran real well all weekend. The guys did a good job from practice to qualifying and we picked up several spots during the race, which is what we were after. On Friday, I have a stricter agenda. We’ve proved that we can run and be competitive, it’s time to turn our top-20 finishes into top-10s.”
Sailing into Kentucky , Tanner is in the fifth 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 been able to go to every race and qualify. We’ve raced pretty well, just unfortunately been involved in some entanglements that kept our finishes from showing our true potential. This week at Kentucky will be another strong race. We have to qualify our way in, but I am not worried because Corrie is bringing a great racecar to the track. He has done a great job keeping the team together and really enthused about the upcoming races. Once we qualify, I think we can make the right adjustments and quietly work our way up. We still have a lot to prove and I want to make sure everyone knew we were in Kentucky .”
Crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott has echoed his rookie’s remarks heading into the 13th ARS event held at Kentucky Speedway.
“The team as a whole is really glad to get back to the track. We are racers, we don’t want to be stuck in the shop, but we had to prepare ourselves for what we are expecting to be a strong second half. Billy is continuing to learn each and every time he is climbing behind the wheel of a racecar and I’m really proud of him for that.”
Stott added, “It’s good that we are coming back to a track that Billy has a little more experience at. He knows how to get around the track and can relate to the crew what he is looking for. It also helps the team tremendously that the race is again run at night. We can go by our initial setup from May and tweak based upon how we run on Friday. I just want us to go out there and give everything we have.”
The WLWT Channel 5-150 (100 laps/150 miles) is the 13 of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 13th ARCA race held at Kentucky Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 13 with a two hour and 15 minute (11:30am-1:45pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:30pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00pm Local Time with live coverage on SPEED. Additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com
For more on Classic Stott Racing and driver Billy Tanner please visit StottClassicRacing.com
BILLY TANNER KENTUCKY 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 Friday’s race he will make his fourth speedway race and sixth 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 month when the ARCA RE/MAX Series returns to Pocono Raceway. In June, Tanner qualified 31st, advanced several positions during the race to finish 27th.
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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