Billy Tanner And Stott Classic Racing Ready Pocono
Topics: Billy Tanner, Pennsylvania 200
Stott Classic Racing
August 1, 2007
POCONO, Pennsylvania (Wednesday, August 1, 2007) - - As the ARCA RE/MAX Series returns to Pocono Raceway this weekend, Stott Classic Racing and Billy Tanner return to the 2.5-mile triangle track looking to put their season back on track and bring the No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo home in the top-10.
The team heads into Saturday’s Pennsylvania 200 looking to rebound from a string of misfortunate which has kept the North Carolina team down but not out.
In June, Tanner made his Pocono Raceway debut but limped around to finish the event 27th after being hit from behind from another competitor on a restart. Despite the tough run, Tanner gained volumes of experience which he feels will aid him this weekend.
“I don’t have a lot of fond memories of Pocono,” said Billy Tanner. “It’s a tough track to learn and if you don’t catch on, you will be out to lunch. Luckily, we started practice in the dark, but we were making considerable progress during the race and I think we would have capped off the day with a solid top-20 run, but another driver had problems on a restart and we got drilled. We haven’t had much good lucky lately; I want to change that this weekend.”
Following the first Pocono event, the team skipped the next two events from Michigan before returning to Kentucky Speedway last month. Tanner was able to overcome tire issues in practice to qualify into the race. However, contact from Rob Bunker on lap 18 sent the No. 07 hard into the wall abruptly ending the team’s night.
Now with a couple weeks break and the team chilled out, Tanner would like to end his recent string of tough luck and put his Stott Classic Racing team back in competition.
“The last couple of races have been tough on our Stott Classic Racing team,” continued Tanner. “We’ve made great progress, but we deserve to be finishing races and that’s our goal this weekend, finish the race.”
Sailing into Pocono, Tanner is in the sixth 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.
“Corrie and the whole team have done a great job this season,” offered Tanner. “We’ve made some great strides in the improvement of our race team. The communication between myself and Corrie is getting better each week and I think as we enter halfway into our program this season, we’re only going to pick up the pace.”
For crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott, he believes Pocono is a chance for the team to redeem themselves.
“Kentucky was tough to swallow for the team,” said Stott. “We have a good team and a great driver; we just can’t seem to shake our string of tough runs. The good news is that we’re returning to a track that Billy has experience at. The more track time he received, the more comfortable he became and that’s important. I think Billy and the team will be just fine this weekend.”
The Pennsylvania 200 (80 laps/200 miles) is the 14 of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 45th ARCA race held at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 3 with an hour and 45 minute (10:15am-11:55am) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 1:45pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, August 4 shortly after 1:00pm 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
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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