Daytona: Billy Tanner preview

Billy Tanner Prepared for First Daytona Run (2/5/07 - Mooresville, NC) - Northeast dirt modified driver, Billy Tanner is prepared for his first run at the 2.5 mile superspeedway at Daytona. Tanner of Newtown, Pennsylvania has honed his driving...

Billy Tanner Prepared for First Daytona Run

(2/5/07 - Mooresville, NC) - Northeast dirt modified driver, Billy Tanner is prepared for his first run at the 2.5 mile superspeedway at Daytona. Tanner of Newtown, Pennsylvania has honed his driving skills on the dirt tracks of the Northeast in quarter midgets, dirt sportsmen and most recently 358 Dirt modifieds.

Tanner a third generation racer is following in the footsteps of his father, Bill Tanner III who had a long career as a stock car driver on the tracks of the surrounding area in Pennsylvania. Tanner's grandfather was also a local feature winner and even competed on the beach that once was Daytona Speedway.

Billy Tanner participated in the ARCA RE/MAX Series test session at Daytona International Speedway back in December in the seat of the #75 Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford and turned some impressive lap times, in the top-25 on the speed charts for most of the 3-day test.

"Billy did a good job at the test," said Bob Schacht, owner and crew chief of Bob Schacht Motorpsorts," For a kid who has never raced at a superspeedway before and has a dirt racing background, he listened and learned, I think we'll be good for the race."

"Making the transition from the dirt short tracks to the 2.5 mile asphalt superspeedway is no small step," said Tanner, "there is a lot of pressure. Someone was handing me everything I could ever want and when I drove through that tunnel at Daytona for the test back in December, I knew it was game time and I had to produce." Tanner added, "I think we had a pretty good test and I got comfortable in the car, we ran some good laps and got to know the team. It's hard to explain how amazingly excited I am to be hooked up with Bob Schacht Motorsports, I know I have a lot to learn and Bob is an awesome teacher and they are all a great team to work with."

Tanner who grew up in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania says, "My Dad is a big supporter of my racing efforts and without him I doubt I would be where I am right now." As for motivation, Tanner says, "I've always tried to fashion my strong will and determination after the boxers of the Philly area, like Bernard Hopkins and Joe Frazier, I've always been impressed by the drive and focus those guys have."

Tanner is bringing along with him CheapCaribbean.com, his dirt modified and sportsman sponsor from Pennsylvania. " I can't thank CheapCaribbean.com enough for all of their efforts in helping me make it to this level." said Tanner, "Jim Hobbs, the owner of CheapCaribbean.com takes a heavy interest in my racing career and is a huge supporter, I wouldn't be here without him and CheapCaribbean.com."

Billy Tanner and the Bob Schacht Motorsports Team will have the CheapCaribbean.com Ford at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday 2/8 for a practice session from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM, Friday 2/9 is Pork Pole qualifying at 12 Noon followed by final practice from 5:10 PM to 6:15 PM. The Daytona ARCA 200 is set to take the green flag on Saturday 2/10 at 4:15 PM, Live on the SPEED channel.

-credit: bsm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Billy Tanner , Bob Schacht