Illinois: Billy Tanner race report

Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Robbed Of Good Springfield Finish SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 22, 2007) - - Billy Tanner was feeling very good about his debut in the dirt this past weekend at Illinois State Fairgrounds, but unfortunately,...

Billy Tanner; Stott Classic Racing Robbed Of Good Springfield Finish

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (August 22, 2007) - - Billy Tanner was feeling very good about his debut in the dirt this past weekend at Illinois State Fairgrounds, but unfortunately, the team's finish did not state the type of improvement, consistency and threat they were in the Allen Crowe 100.

[IMAGE]Tanner, driving the No. 07 CheapCaribbean.com Pontiac Grand Prix for Stott Classic Racing is a well-known dirt racer from Pennsylvania, but at the conclusion of the delayed practice session, the 25 year-old had a different feel with a 3400 pound-stock car.

"I've raced on a lot on dirt, but this is very different, it's nothing like my late model," said Tanner. "I know our practice times (36th) don't show anything positive, but I was just getting warmed up, we'll be fine for the race, I guarantee that."

With Mother Nature reeking havoc at Illinois State Fairgrounds, ARCA officials were forced to cancel qualifying and the start the field by points. Tanner would line up 35th.

At the start of the event, Tanner took off like a rocket. Threading the needle through the race traffic, he had worked himself into the 25th position when the first caution flag waived on lap 10.

The Stott Classic Racing team opted to bring their rookie driver to pit road. Crew chief and car owner Corrie Stott elected to do a gas-and-go, sending Tanner back into the hunt.

On the restart, Tanner's old days in Pennsylvania flashed before his eyes as began to out master several of his competitors while on the march towards the front.

When the caution flag waived on lap 31, Tanner was sitting in the 10th position, his first time this year holding the honor of sitting in the top-10.

Throughout the next twenty-five laps, Tanner would hover strong inside the top-12, but on lap 61, contact with the No. 90 car would send Tanner around for a spin.

Luckily, the spin itself didn't produce any damage, but then came Mark Littleton, who was riding comfortably inside the top-20 before slamming into the No. 07 causing heavy damage to both cars.

Tanner would bring his battered machine to pit road, where the Stott Classic Racing team would bang out the fenders and send Tanner back into the event.

For the remainder of the event, Tanner would continue to maneuver his way around the one-mile track. Out of the hunt, he salvaged the best finish he could, crossing the line 26th.

"I don't know what we need to do to get a break," said Tanner. "We had a great car, I mean a great car and I don't know what happened with the No. 90 again. That's not the first time she has gotten into me. I'm just frustrated. We were racing towards a top-10 and it easily could have came at Springfield. Now we'll have to try and fix the car and head to The Milwaukee Mile."

He continued, "I'm telling you, I just don't know what to say. It's frustrating. We've had good cars all year and just plump bad luck has kept us from showing our true potential. I would do anything for a good run on Sunday (at The Milwaukee Mile)."

"We'll pick up the pieces like we always do. I sincerely appreciate everything hat Corrie and the team do for me and hopefully a good run at The Milwaukee Mile will make up for everything."

-credit: scr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Billy Tanner