Daytona: Phillip McGilton race report

Great Start To '07 ARCA Season For McGilton "McGilton Grabs Second Top-10 Finish Of Career In ARCA Thriller" DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Monday, February 12, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Phillip McGilton kicked off his ...

Great Start To '07 ARCA Season For McGilton
"McGilton Grabs Second Top-10 Finish Of Career In ARCA Thriller"

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Monday, February 12, 2007) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Phillip McGilton kicked off his inaugural full season of competition in style Saturday afternoon after collecting a solid ninth place finish in the ARCA 200 at Daytona.

McGilton who made his seventh ARS start last weekend propelled his No. 47 SI Performance Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a ninth place effort, tying his previous best finish of ninth at Kansas Speedway in July 2006.

The Illinois-native started the 80 lap/200 mile event from a career best 11th position. The action became fierce from the drop of the green flag, but McGilton was able to hang on to the lead draft keeping him in the spotlight.

Staying out of trouble during the first quarter of the event, the team elected to come down pit road nearing the half-way mark for four Hoosier Racing tires, some Sunoco Racing fuel and a minor adjustment to try a help the handling of the Brewco Motorsports prepared machine.

On the restart, his machine adapted brilliantly with McGilton on a roll and slicing his way back through the pack, quickly placing him inside the top-10. He dodged several incidents in front of him including a major three-car incident with five laps remaining.

Despite a juggled green-white-checkered finish, the rookie kept his competition at bay hanging on for his second top-10 finish of his career in his Daytona International Speedway debut. "Wow, what a great way to kick off our season," said McGilton. "We had a great car. The Brewco Motorsports team put together a great automobile. Pro Motor Engineering (pme) had some great power underneath the hood and we were a factor all day."

He continued, "It was a little hairy out there. I was really close to some of the wrecks, but we emerged unscathed. Our goal was to come way with Daytona with our car intact and our season off in the right direction, we accomplished that big time!"

"I'm happy for everyone around us. From SI Performance, Brewco Motorsports, my family and fans. This is just awesome. We worked hard on this car since the Daytona test and it paid off during the race. We're going to prepare for our next race quickly as it will be here before we know it. We'll be ready to add another top-10 finish to our credit and move ahead in the point standings."

Unofficially, McGilton leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year battle over fellow drivers Michael McDowell, Bryan Silas, Roger Carter II, Josh Allison and Josh Clemons. "The Rookie-of-the-Year is what we are after," McGilton added. "We are going to work very hard to ensure that trophy is ours at the end of the year. This finish helps us get an early jump on making that goal become a reality."

Leaving Daytona, McGilton has seven ARCA RE//MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of ninth twice at Kansas Speedway (July 2006) and Daytona International Speedway (February 2007). He has also qualified a career best of 11th at Daytona International Speedway (February 2007).

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is a short track battle at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. It will be the first time that the ARCA RE/MAX Series visits the Central Florida track. The Brewco Motorsports team plans to test at a short track before heading into the Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading 250, the second race of the 2007 schedule set for March 24.

-credit: sipm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Josh Allison , Michael McDowell , Phillip McGilton , Bryan Silas , Roger Carter